Atina in Frosinone Italy

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.

Italian musicians playing the zampogna and ciaramella

* Men playing a zampogna and a ciaramella

A Zampogna Player of Ciociaria
Zampogna Players Italy

In the village of Villa Latina, very close to Atina, is a museum and workshop dedicated to the musical instrument la zampogna.

Zampogna Museum in Villa Latina near Atina Italy
Zampogna Museum in Villa Latina near Atina Italy
The Pipes and Reeds of an Italian 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.

Festival della Zampogna in Villa Latina Val di Comino Italy
Zampogna Player in Villa Latina Italy
Zampogna Player in the Val di Comino Italy
Zampogna Player in the Villa Latina Atina Italy
Musicians in the Val di Comino Italy
Zampogna Musician in Villa Latina Val di Comino Italy
Zampogna Player in Villa Latina Val di Comino Italy
Traditional Musical Instruments the Zampogna and Tambourine of the Val di Comino Italy
Musicians in the Val di Comino Italy
Traditional Musicians in the Val di Comino Italy
Flutes called Ciaramelle or Pifferi of the Val di Comino Italy
Carved Wooden Pipes of the Zampogna of the Val di Comino Italy
Italian Tambourines of the Val di Comino Italy

Here are some photos of other hand-made musical instruments that are traditional of this area of the Val di Comino.

Handmade Musical Instruments of the Val di Comino Italy
Handmade Musical Instruments of the Val di Comino Italy
Italian Accordians
Italian Heart

 Images marked * are in the Public Domain.

All other photos I have taken myself –  © Louise Shapcott