Learn to dance pizzica with Alessia and Matteo

Rated 5.0 out of 5
5.0 out of 5 (4 reviews)
Learn the fascinating history of pizzica, Apulian folk dance. Practice its dance steps. Drink, eat and dance to live music.

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Alessia and Matteo play and dance during the pizzica dance class

Alessia e Matteo, masters of pizzica

Pizzica runs through the veins of Alessia and Matteo, sister and brother. They started playing and dancing the pizzica both within the family and following the village elders from a very young age. Today, they are two of the youngest representatives of folk culture in Puglia. From house parties to public squares, to important stages such as Cinecittà World – with them tradition and innovation come together in a perfect fusion.

About the experience

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2 hours

Italian and English (on request: French, Spanish, Portuguese...)

Min 3 – Max 12


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Detailed Programme

The pizzica dance class can take place at a location of your choice, where Alessia and Matteo will join you on the agreed day and time, or in Villa Castelli, the home town of the two pizzica masters.

At the beginning of the pizzica lesson, Alessia and Matteo will explain you the history of Apulian folk music and in particular that of Villa Castelli, the meeting point between the Lower Murgia and Salento. They will also explain what "tarantismo" is – a social phenomenon linked to folk music, which characterised Southern Italy until the middle of the last century.

Next, getting to the heart of the pizzica class, Alessia and Matteo will teach you how to dance the pizzica pizzica, typical of the Upper Salento area. During the pizzica dance workshop, you will learn the basic steps of the traditional dance and how to move to the rhythm of the drum and the accordion. You will practice the dance in all its forms and see its evolution to the present day. Alessia and Matteo’s aim will be to get you in touch with the most “primordial” part of you and let you express yourself in a free and natural way.

The pizzica experience will end with a convivial moment during which, while enjoying a typical Apulian aperitif of wine, friselle, cheese and seasonal fruit, you will be able to ask Alessia and Matteo all the questions you want to learn more about their story and clear up any doubts about this magnificent musical and artistic tradition.


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How nice to learn pizzica with live music

Rated 5.0 out of 5
26 September 2022

Dancing pizzica steps to the rhythm of drums and accordion (played live!) in the midst of nature, among the trulli and lamia of the countryside around Villa Castelli, and then finishing with local wine and taralli... what else? Thanks to Alessia and Matteo for letting us discover the origins of this dance and for sharing with us the ancestral traditions of your land. Thanks to Loliv, for your care and kindness. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Federica P.

Alessia and Matteo were really informative

Rated 5.0 out of 5
24 July 2022

I had such a fun evening. Alessia and Matteo were really informative and obviously very passionate about what they do! I loved getting involved with the dancing and the evening was finished off perfectly with some local wine! I would definitely recommend!

Emma H.

This experience is now an unforgettable memory

Rated 5.0 out of 5
28 October 2022

Very nice experience with passionate and committed dancers and musicians. Time went by all too quickly. They are friendly and have an admirable patience. The Pizzica experience is now an indelible memory. Before we left, Alessia and Matteo treated us to some delicious home-made flavours. A big thank you to them and to Claudio.

Sylvie M.

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