The Centre’s library

The Folklore Centre’s library is housed in the Surgeon’s House in the Fortress of Mont'Alfonso in Castelnuovo Garfagnana, the current headquarters of the Folklore Centre. The library’s main collection comprises the “Folklore Centre Booklets”, which are the product of many years of work by the Centre; also available are many specialist publications otherwise difficult to find. These include various series of Italian and international magazines devoted to the folklore sector. There are around 1,300 bibliography entries and 1,500 volumes in total. The library also contains facsimiles of antique books. The Centre has a collection of videos of folklore events (such as May Day celebrations, religious events, gypsy traditions) and ethnographic documentaries on typical traditional activities (iron working in the Serchio Valley, bread making, spinning and weaving in Garfagnana, etc).


Video online

The following films are available:

Constantine Greek Emperor (WMV- 6.5Mb) Company: Gragnanella - Filicaia - Casatico (Castelnuovo Garfagnana) LU. Location: Varliano (Giuncugnano) LU. Date: 1-8-1999

Eronte (WMV- 6.8Mb) Company: Gorfigliano (Minucciano) LU. Location: Gragnanella (Castelnuovo Garfagnana). Date: 18-7-1999

Ricciarda Malaspina (WMV- 4.7Mb) Company: I maggianti di Montignoso (Ms). Location: Magnano (Villa Collemandina) LU. Date: 27-7-2003


Audio online

The following audio recordings are available:

La bella francese (MP3 -2.4 Mb) Song sung by "Le Casciane", collected by Gastone Venturelli

Preghiera (MP3 - 3.9Mb) prayer collected by Gastone Venturelli.

The library’s bibliographic resources are available for loan and consultation during the following opening hours:

Mondays to Fridays from 10.00 to 13.00

Tuesday and Thursday afternoons also from 15.00 to 17.00.


Centro Tradizioni Popolari della Provincia di Lucca
Fortezza di Mont'Alfonso
55032 Castelnuovo Garfagnana
tel. 0583.417297

To access the single catalogue covering Lucca’s library network:
"Don Luigi Pellegrini" Ethnographic Museum
via del Voltone 4
San Pellegrino in Alpe, Castiglione Garfagnana (LU)
tel. and fax 0583 649072