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And where do they turn to check moon cycles, planting schedules, weather forecasts, and pruning tips?

Barbanera: Italy’s Humble Historic Almanac

Why, the mighty yet meek almanac, of course. Italy publishes a number of popular and historical almanacs, but the longest running and most recognizable of them all comes out of tiny Umbria: Almanacco Barbanera named for the—perhaps legendary—18th century astronomer, astrologer, and philosopher. Now in its nd straight year of uninterrupted print yes, you read that right.

Every single year for more than two and a half centuriesBarbanera is a household name and reference for a vast swathe of Italy. Barbanera was once one among dozens of almanacs printed in Italy — some national, some local, and many tailored to a specific readership young women or farmers, for example — which were distributed at the village markets by traveling peddlers who crisscrossed the peninsula.

These popular publications were one of the main sources of information for a nation fragmented by geography and economics, though over time the local and niche products disappeared, leaving just a few general almanacs distributed nationally. Barbanera is no longer hawked at country fairs, but sold through bookstores and newsstands each fall, or handed out by businesses as client gifts during the holidays.


Though distribution has shifted, popularity remains high: Barbanera continues to print more than 2. In fact, the Barbanera Almanac can be viewed as both a creator and a product of that confounding but ultimately winning mix of the level-headed and the irrational that is Italian culture in general, which is only natural given the long and affectionate history between this book and its readers.


The Fondazione Barbanera Via San Giuseppe, 1 Spello opens its doors to small groups of visitors for guided tours of its grounds and collection. For more information, contact info barbanera.

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Rebecca — such a wonderful story and so well written! I work in horticulture and having visited these gardens can add testament to your description. Locals also told me that the lone olive tree growing atop the tower near the train ccalendario is years old. I wish I could get a copy of Baranera.

I bought a similar publication in a small town in Austria, and it was a fascinating glimpse into the a society that goes far deeper than Mozart, Edelweiss, and Vienna. Calendarik poetry was written in barbsnera, with different linguistic markings than the better-known umlaut. It had a planting guide, religious verse and calendar for significant events, and other details that made me feel I was really part of a community rather than a tourist buying a coffee-table book.


The small town of Scheggino had a privately produced, typed, and printed history of the town from its earliest days.

I have transcribed the Italian but still have to proof because as I am not terrific in Italian, obviously there will be mistakes! Local publications are treasures, and every traveler should seek them out. I used to be able to get Barbanera here in San Francisco but our wonderful Italian bookstore went out of business.

I kept putting calendrio planting spring flowers, and now I know why.

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Reply I wish I could get a copy of Baranera. Reply I used to be able to get Barbanera here in San Francisco but our wonderful Italian bookstore went out of business. Reply Thanks for barbanega. Reply I kept putting off planting spring flowers, and now I know why.

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