The territorial context of the Tagghjate




(edited by: Prof. G.nni Carafa)

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The cave of Sant’Angelo

Further on, a few kilometers on the provincial road no. 110 for Lizzano, turning left and climbing up the Serra degli Angeli district that leads to a farm located on the horizon demarcation next to the final southern slope of the entire Monte Belvedere-Sant'Elia-Montedoro relief, locality, Canale dei Cupi ( Photo nr 65): administrative territory of the Municipality of Lizzano, it is the last concrete sign of the Basilian monastic presence in the area. It is a cave settlement which, although adjacent to the access road to the farm, is inaccessible and difficult to find because it is hidden by brambles and even more so by a lush wild fig that now opens from the bottom of the cave towards the overhanging entrance. Over time, neglect, abandonment and vandalism have made the loss of all mnemonic traces of this historical-cultural testimony.

Photo nr. 65 - San Crispieri, Canale dei Cupi, former tourist-information posters

ETHNO-GASTRONOMY (Faggiano - San Crispieri)

Corresponding to the small extension of the town, Faggiano boasts at least two references of sure gastronomic genuineness, both for the quality of the raw materials used and for the simple and consistent connection to the wise traditional practice of mastering the rigid wood-burning oven. On Via Vittorio Emanuele "Il Gusto della pizza" offers a wide variety of street-food opportunities in a creative partnership with local culinary customs, therefore, homemade focaccia, panzeròtti, pùcce and much more than only relying on the imagination of the always tireless and available very kind hospitality of Mrs. Anna can be fully satisfied even the most unexpected demanding palate; seeing is believing. But, still on the same street, almost at the exit of the town, is "La Venere", a focacceria-pizzeria where the baked, with its inviting golden color of cooking the local wheat pasta combined with the red of the ubiquitous tomatoes cherries pressed by force into the tender dough, spreads all around an irresistible fragrance of past times now unknown elsewhere. And here too, what about the irresistible fried panzeròtto which has always served as an intoxicating appeal for the occasional passerby; the generosity of the dressing and its tasty genuineness give reason for every choice.
On the road to San Crispièri, just outside the town, there is yet another inevitable opportunity, home-made baked bread, as it was once made in the most intimate domestic sacredness. It is a family-run oven where production is very small, quantitatively limited in the offer. The inevitable Mediterranean essence characterizes the taste of the product.
Finally, in the countryside surrounding San Crispieri, it is the scattered swarm of masserìe that reigns supreme, offering what in the District has long since disappeared, the prized genuine sheep dairy production, a wise tradition, fortunately preserved, handed down from father to son. , which also guarantees a significant economic and social impact on the territory. A personal childhood whim of mine could certainly be satisfied once again, the opportunity to taste the immortal fresh "pampanèdda" in the early morning; what it is, I really don't know how to explain it, but I certainly know that so many memories and nostalgia converge in that humble confection of cozy fig pàmpino this delicate and candid curd that transmits to the palate the unexpected wild rough and tasty rediscovered maternal union of Terra mia!


In these territories, as we said at the beginning, we are still in Salento, in the north of Salento; here, in the early 60s of the last century it was possible to find in the tales of the elderly the last memories of the miseries of the social phenomenon of tarantism, and of the connected thaumaturgic dance of the pizzica, not also some meager ritual survival linked to the Arbëreshe culture, thus, for example, it seems to be the devotion to St. Joseph the worker with the relative cult of the table of the mass rìzza - a type of pasta (today, the reginette) topped with full-bodied sauce and eels or sauce and ricotta - a practice of small carpenters' shops of the area towns, whose devotional dishes were distributed to the neighborhood. Even more significant, due to its historical-anthropological values, almost like a ritual ruin, was the annexed Vàlla di San Giuseppe, the specific ballad and / or evening song ("vàlla vàlla di S. Giuseppe ...") around the local social bonfires , announcing the exit from the winter solstice auspicious the next season of luxuriance and harvest; a ritual, this, evidently of pagan origin, then accepted, in its own folds and with the necessary adaptations, by the clergy.
In the culture of this part of Taranto it is still possible to find legacies of an identity which, although largely lost, unconsciously survives in the social spirit of the local communities.

ORISTANO, 10 January 2018

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I must publicly thank my colleague Professor Martina Manconi, of the Liceo Artistico Statale “C. Contini "of Oristano, for its patient, qualified and participatory willingness to correct the proofs of this Second Part of the Tourist Travel Itinerary in the Tagghjate District.
An unfailing renewed thanks is also due to Dr. Maria Giovanna Davoli, Director of these online pages of the magazine who once again, together with her tireless technical-editorial staff, believed in the goodness of my humble efforts, promptly offering and selflessly editorial hospitality to the present.


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