Notte della Taranta: Puglia is ready to dance!

At the end of summer Salento peninsula (in Apulia region) celebrates the “Notte della Taranta” (Taranta night) with musical events regarding traditional dances as tarantella and pizzica.
Both dances comes from ancient Greeks when they settled in Southern Italy. Tarantella takes the name from a type of spider called “tarantula”.
During the harvest sometimes a worker happened to be bitten and suddenly started feeling sick and faint
The bite of a that spider was commonly believed to be highly poisonous and to lead to whirling and dancing frantically to cure the bite by sweating out the poisons.


Pizzica (means “bite”) is the typical tarantella from Salento. One of the features of this dance is the handkerchief, which was used to invite, by waving it, the partner to the dance.
The handkerchief is a symbol of love: she would give the tissue only to the man who stole her hearth.

This video is from the past edition (2011)

15th Notte della Taranta will be in Melpignano on august 25 a perfect date to enjoy food, music and dance from Southern Italy.

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