Pieve di Loppia, Barga, Lucca

Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi

Antonio Aiello – solo violinist
Ensemble Arché

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Serchio delle Muse presents a special opportunity to hear the virtuoso violinist Antonio Aiello, play with the baroque Ensemble Arché, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons in the Romanesque church of Santa Maria at Loppia.

At least once a week throughout the year Antonio Aiello performs as soloist and conductor of the orchestra I Virtuosi Italiani at the church of Santa Maria della Visitazione in Venice, known as Della Pietà. This was where Vivaldi was a violin teacher from1703 to 1718, and where he composed the Four Seasons.

Ensemble Arché

Ensemble Arché

The Arché Orchestrawas founded by the initiative of M° Francesco Pasqualetti, where at the theatre Verdi at Pisa it had its debut at the New Year’s Eve concert in2012. Within the orchestra there is a baroque ensemble, made up of members who in their studies and artistic path, have excelled at performance on original instruments.

“We are professional musicians and we love our work.

We work together to disseminate and promote music, entertainment, culture and artistic expression in general.

We believe in group cohesion, in innovation, in young talent but also in the knowledge of experienced musicians, and above all we are convinced that doing things well constitutes the real added value of a project.

Our dream: to become a point of reference for those who carry out our work, with the same passion and for all those who benefit from it.”




21 Aug 2021


Pieve di Loppia


Parish church of Loppia
Santa Maria di Loppia

Dating back to the 9th century, the parish church of Santa Maria a Loppia is a beautiful Romanesque building with three naves. In the Middle Ages it had many chapels under its jurisdiction and exercised a strong influence until the fifteenth century, when it fell into disuse due to the wars that affected the area. The current church is the result of the sixteenth-century reconstruction, completed by the parish priest of Barga, Jacopo Manni. Externally it has a very protruding transept, a semicircular apse and a facade marked in the lower part by blind arches. On the left rises the bell tower of the fifteenth century, with four superimposed floors of mullioned windows. On the facade there is a curious inscription engraved in a stone, VA: VA: ET OM: VA , perhaps meaning Vanitas vanitatum et omnia vanitas. Inside there is a gilded altar from the 17th century, an octagonal marble baptistery, and a painting of the Assumption of Mary.