The Faces of Campiglia

November 16, 2015 / Local Interest
Campiglia, Tuscany

In small Italian villages the piazza is the living room of the paese and the bar are the living conduits of its community. (Bar means café; sing. it’s il bar, plural is i bar.)

One October morning at coffee time there were few folk who had not been touched by seeing the video posted on Facebook of the Volti di Campiglia (Faces of Campiglia). This short video somehow captures the soul of this close knit community.

The photographs by Anna Primi and Marco Martucci were originally presented at an exhibition in 2003 at the local Festa dell’Unita at the Fonte di Sotto (lit. the lower fountain), commissioned by DC DS (Christian Democrat Democratici di Sinistra) secretary, Barbara Pires. Originally in color they were rediscovered by Simona Lecchini Giovannoni and with web designer Annete Leeman of, edited into black and white, put to music and made into this charming testimony of the village. In the 12 years since the photographs were taken, children have grown and some folk have departed and yet somehow the community remains connected as if something vital remains untouched by the passing of time.

Campiglia Marittima is a small medieval village on the coast of Tuscany an hour south of Pisa. Since the mood of a village is often influenced by the baristi, Campiglia is blessed with four friendly bar. There is Nesci, tucked behind the carabinieri near the town entrance, then the two central piazza bar, Bacco Bar and La Panca where one can observe and enjoy the continual moving theatre of the villagers and visitors. Finally there is the Bar Orsini located just after the Porta da Mare (lit. the door to the sea) with the exquisite views of the 11th century Pieve San Giovanni, Baratti Bay, Populonia, the island of Elba, Corsica and extraordinary sunsets.


(Courtesy of Andy Egert, grazie!)



Pat Carney

by Pat Carney

Pat Carney-Ceccarelli ( happily divides her time between Campiglia Marittima and Cambridge, UK.

8 Responses to “The Faces of Campiglia”

  1. We had the opportunity to stay in this lovely location 3 years ago for two weeks. What a glorious time. Friendly people, great food, and then there is the pastry shop-wonderful tastes
    and cafe. Will always rate as one of our favorites.

  2. J.M. Woods

    Actually I have a question. In Ireland tourists are encouraged to talk to the locals when you visit a bar or pub. Is this also true in Italy? Or would that be intrusive? I would like to know what the local custom is. Thank you.

  3. I was interested in visiting Pat Carney’s web page,, but it will not load
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  4. Pat Carney Ceccarelli
    Pat Carney Ceccarelli

    Yes! Of course J.M. Woods, do have conversations!! There is sometimes some shyness for the English but for example Serena and Enrico of Bacco Bar speak English. I have always found, openness, healthy curiosity and the warmth of hospitality.

  5. Pat Carney Ceccarelli
    Pat Carney Ceccarelli

    Pasquale, no, my website is no longer. Originally I hosted workshops there but as time has passed I just return and immerse myself in the love of place , and no longer feel the need to organize! Blessed ageing!

  6. Michelle D

    My grandmother was a Ceccarelli but she came to the U.S. as a child. She was from a small village near Gubbio where she had cousins who stayed behind. Is your family from that area?

  7. Pat Carney Ceccarelli
    Pat Carney Ceccarelli

    Whoops! Apologies .should read Barbara Pires secretary of DS ( Democratici al Sinistra) NOT DC ( Christan Democrats)!


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