The Zampogna and Traditional Musical Instruments
The Zampogna is a type of reeded bag-pipe typically played by shepherds of Ciociaria. The air sacks are made of tanned goat or sheep skin, which are turned inside out. The flutes are commonly carved of olive wood. The ciaramella or piffero is another reed instrument, rather like an oboe, which has a loud and somewhat piercing sound.
During the Christmas season the shepherds would come down to the valley to play their traditional festive music to herald pending birth of the baby Jesus.
* Men playing a zampogna and a ciaramella
In the village of Villa Latina, very close to Atina, is a museum and workshop dedicated to the musical instrument la zampogna.
The Festival of the Zampogna in Villa Latina in the Val di Comino
Each year the Festival della Zampogna is held in Villa Latina. This last year’s festival was held in late September.
Here are some photos of other hand-made musical instruments that are traditional of this area of the Val di Comino.
Images marked * are in the Public Domain.
All other photos I have taken myself – © Louise Shapcott