History and Culture

Rites and Events in Gallipoli

“Great, very great is the passion for the festivities that the population keeps, preserves and perpetuates from generation to generation, so that the simple mention of people’s playful appointments with the recurrences and saints of the annual cycle is enough to outline the folklore representation of this coastal city.
Just the wait and attraction of the festivity are a clear proof of the need to escape from the real, from isolation, from the hardness and tiredness of living that people have, to establish new relationships that get out of everyday life, to escape from boredom, to forget the stress of duties, deadlines and responsibilities. Continue reading

Gallipolini of yesterday and today

Mainsen wrote: “The gallipolitans are endowed with beautiful shapes.The oval of the face recalls the Greek type, the nose regularly falls on the mouth, which is generally small, nicely cut and provided with very white teeth, little chin well turned, everything gives vetusta to the whole of the face.The tint, in the men of the vulgar, is generally brown, but animated by a light incarnation.The civil persons have a candid tint, especially the fair sex.The women in general are of beautiful shapes, rich of hair, bright eyes.
In the neighboring countries the beauty of the Gallipolitan women is proverbial … Continue reading 

Vintage postcards from 1900-1960

Courtesy of Elio Pindinelli from the book “Gallipoli in Cartolina 1900-1960” 2011 edition

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Ciùcci »(donkeys) and« uttàri »(manufacturers of barrels)

the inhabitants of Gallipoli were called. The nickname “ciùcci” has no connection with the donkey and with all that it means; refers instead to the patience of the Gallipolini and their resistance to work. «Ciùcci» then in the sense of people used to enduring great hardships, capable of carrying out a massacre job for the whole day.
The nickname is certainly not born by chance … Continue reading