dance belonging to the family of tarantella.
It can be distinguished in:  

pizzica-scherma, dance of challenge where the two fingers (index and middle) of the hand mimic the knife and the contenders demonstrate their ability to dodge and hit the opponent

pizzica of courtship, there can be no contact between the dancers, it is a continuous courtship made of glances between the two dancers and a continuous approaching and rejecting each other in a seductive game.

Pizzica Tarantata, a dance free from schemes where everyone frees his own mind in search of a well-being provided by the relationship between music and body movement.


socio-anthropological phenomenon by which the bites and remorse of the tarata were cured with a device that included the belief in the poisonous bite of the taranta and the cure through the sounds and dance of the pizzica with the intercession of St. Paul or other saints.


mythical animal to which were attributed characteristics that bring it closer to the zoomorphic divinities. In the collective imagination the taranta would be large and colorful as the  Licosa tarentula   but in reality the most poisonous is smaller and with 13 spots from which it takes its name  Latrodectus tredecimguttatus.
In tradition, the tarantata tends to reproduce, through dance, the movements and characteristics of the taranta that plucked it.