There are not many folk musicians in the area
still performing traditional melodies and
songs. The most prominent are Tandarandan.
Examples of their work are as follows:
Ballo liscio (ballroom dancing) is popular in
the Lunigiana, dances often being held outside
bar/restaurants during local festas.
The Tresconeto is a fast dance in 6/8 time with
origins in the Lunigiana. It resembles the
Saltarello, is undertaken either by a solitary
dancer or a couple, and is performed especially
on the first Sunday in Lent. The continually
increasing tempo of the dance is meant to test
the endurance of the dancers.
Traditional early 20th century everyday wear for
country dwellers was as follows:
Women: Plain, belted mid-length
dress with quarter to three quarter sleeves.
Often with V-neck. Girls had hem lines just
above the knee. Hats not usually worn.
Substantial leather shoes. Knitted wool
socks/stockings in winter.
Men: Plain or checked long sleeved
shirts and plain work trousers held up by
leather belts. Hats worn in summer - fair hair
and baldness common. Footwear - clogs a regular
Clothing for special occasions was colourful,
eccentric and often highly embroidered.
There was once a strong oral tradition in the
Lunigiana but depopulation/migration since WWII
coupled with a general lack of interest has
meant that many of the stories have been lost. A
small selection of those recorded in writing is
The Lunigiana is mentioned in one of Giovanni
This can be found in the Decameron (Novel
2,6) which was written between 1349 &
There are a number of nursey rhymes associated
with the Lunigiana. Translation is problematic -
the use of dialect is common, words are
foreshortened and there are substantial nonsense
Dancer in flight
Group of dancers
Folk Tales &