Jazzo Tarantini

The Jazzo Tarantini is a fine example of dry stone architecture from the Murgia. The construction lies near to the edge of a gentle karst dip in a vast steppe-like area. “Jazzi” are small-holdings created specifically for the breeding and care of sheep. They are characterised by wide rectangular areas enclosed by dry stone walls and subdivided by more walls into smaller fields. Small constructions in stone (“lamioni”) provide shelter for the sheep, while larger, more robust buildings were destined for human habitation and for the processing of milk, cheese and wool. The history of the “jazzi” is intimately connected to the history of the transhumance and reveals just how fundamental the latter was for the traditional economy of the region.

Jazzo Tarantini in agro di Corato (Foto di Mirella Campochiaro)