Area recovery

The farmyards were wide open spaces used for threshing and situated proximity to countries and manor-farms. They had different dimensions and shapes, as the square ones, the rectangular ones,  the circular ones were modest in dimensions, at first clay curt, later paved with stones, sometimes delimited by stones, and they were placed in slightly elevated terrain and well exposed, without trees and buildings which were an impediment for the wind.

Approaching the harvesting period, they were thoroughly wiped out and drained, looking at basalt slab paving again. The threshing consisted of a set of operations that involved men, animals and the environment too, with the overall aim of separating the grains and the sheaf wheat. After the harvest, the sheaf wheat were transported and scattered in a windy farmyard plain, where a pair of mules with the hoofs fall beaten ears “ pisata”: it is the “cacciata” the removing of grains from sheaf wheat. Because of the shouts, exhortations, drinks, prayers and motets played by the pisaturi, for the fully family participation, the pisata owned the rural character of an expected celebration.

The farmyard was fully recovered, the wrought ground is covered with basalt as tradition enshrines and the dry stones of the area delimitation were restored too. Today we want to reuse this characteristic area for banquets and celebrations in order to remember the convivial and sharing atmosphere, once created around a common table at the end of the day, eating and drinking all together.

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