The Quilietti Family

The story of a Scots Italian family

Castelvecchio Family Connections

Looking at the family tree shots from my parents backwards. The Tuscany branch are through Quilietti and Brucciani. Below are many of the local Barga surnames.

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BARGA and her villages

Barga is Giovanni Pascoli’s adoptive land. In the old town centre there is the Teatro dei Differenti where the poet said the famous speech “La grande proletaria s’è mossa” (1911) and on the Colle di Caprona, in the district of Castelvecchio Pascoli, you can visit the Casa Museo Pascoli. Situated on the Colle di Caprona, it was built around the middle of the XVIII century by the Cardosi Carrara family as a countryside villa and was Giovanni Pascoli’s home from 1895 to 1912.

In Castelvecchio di Barga, the poet Giovanni Pascoli set his residence in 1895. The house on the Colle di Caprona was realizing a dream: to rebuild, in a relaxing beauty spot, that nest of San Mauro di Romagna that had been destroyed by the violent death of his father. Barga was the right place, situated on the green hills framed by the Apuan Alps and the Apennines, where the sound of the hours looked like a voice that invited him to rummage among the humble things in order to discover mysterious correspondences.

In the nest of Barga, Pascoli cultivated his love for latin poetry revisiting the classical world with modern sensibility. Here he oversaw the editions of Myricae collections, composed the Canti di Castelvecchio, and here he rests in peace together with his sister Mariù.

On many buildings facades you can notice small stone sculptures of anthropomorphic smileys. Originally they were considered propitiatory for fertility. To this day what remained is the habit of making a wish while holding the index and middle fingers of the right hand on these smileys. Allegedly, the wish will come true. Venturing into the driveways and in the alleys of the village, the visitor will reach the Arringo’s lawn to have a bird’s eye-view of the millenial Duomo, with the screeching of swallows that spring suddenly into the patch of sky between the houses, in the toll of the hours that go along with the steps.

Barga is immersed in the green and rustic beauty of the Garfagnana, wrapped in healthy and scented woods, dotted with ancient hamlets whose lights twinkle in the evening among the dark forests.


Maria Giovanna Giovanelli 1775-1855 is the 4th

4 Responses to “Castelvecchio Family Connections”

  1. Greetings from sunny Florida,

    My name is Robert Gregory Fusco, son of Gregory Joseph Fusco (lost on USS Thresher 1963), son of Libborrio Anthony Fusco (Fusco’s Italian Restaurant) of Endicott, New york. Son of Gregorio Fusco from Scanno Italy. I would enjoy making contact with the Fusco family from other parts of America or Italy. My family doesn’t have any knowledge of the were abouts of my Great Grandfathers 1st cousin Alfonso Fusco, if you or any other family know, please contact me. All of my family, past & present are important to myself & my immediate family. I can be contacted at the below e-mails. Ciao for now & salute’ ROBERT.FUSCO@EGLIN.AF.MIL or RGFRLF2@AOL.COM

    My Grandfather Libborrio “Lib” Fusco married Lena J. Conti of Endicott, NY If there are any Conti’s, who may be of relation please contact me. I would enjoy knowing you & your family. Salute’

  2. Al Conti says:

    My name is Albert Conti from Wakefield, RI. My grandfather was Pietro Conti from San Pietro In Campo. Pietro immigrated to Providence, RI and had 3 sons, Gino, Leo, and my father Albert. They have all since passed. On my mother’s side, my grandmother’s maiden name was Bacci, daughter of Nello Bacci also from San Pietro In Campo. I had the opportunity to visit back in 1972 and met my cousins, but have lost contact. Hopefully some how I will find someone who can help.

  3. Helen says:

    Al hello, this is Helen the author of the website. San Pietro in Campo is just a stonethrow away from Castelvecchio and Barga. There were many Conti family from the region. I will send you an email direct. Conti is also my gg ancestors from the region

  4. Mara says:

    Dear Albert, this is Mara from San Pietro in Campo. My Mom was Clara Bacci, daughter of Ada Turicchi and Nello Bacci. Ada Turicchi was the sister of Teresa Turicchi Fiori of Providence, RI. I remember when Albert Conti and Patricia came to San Pietro in Campo at my grandparents home.You probably are that Albert Conti.I was trying to find something about you so I am glad to find your message here. I know the Turicchis of Texas because sometimes the came here and I visited them too. I would like to keep in contact with you and your family.
    I also met Maria Paula Conti that visited Italy with her family but I haven’t any new from her. Albert Conti and my Mom wrote letters eachothers because he was Derna’s hausband, (Derna was my Mom’s cousin).

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