Barzio lies in privileged position, dipped in the green and in front of the Grigne; anciently it was known with the names of Barzo, Barso, Barsio. In XVI century it counted 315 inhabitants that lived in simple wooden houses with porches; towards the end of the 1800, with economic and social improvement of the population, the first villas were built and, subsequently, thanks to the advent of the mass tourism,also block of flats were built, and this made the population reach the number of 1300 inhabitants, approximately.

The Barziesi (inhabitants of Barzio), spoke a Gallic-Latin dialect, with traces of the Lecco's dialect, the Bergamo's one and also the Valtellina's ancient language. Today they speak, in the common language, a scholastic and television Italian.
Currently the town is considered the touristic centre of the Valsassina and offers different opportunities to the sporting people. From there starts a cableway, that leads to the Piani di Bobbio and the Valtorta.



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