Joanna Lucarino

Contributing writer

The Tarantella

May 2019
At the typical Italian American wedding reception, party-goers dance in a circle around the newlyweds to a fast and upbeat tempo joyously welcoming the couple into their new life. This is the traditional southern Italian folk dance called the...


Altamura Man

April 2019
There is a limestone plateau in the city of Altamura in southeastern Italy in the province of Bari in the Puglia region. This is a territory known as the Alta Murgia. The limestone rock that is found here allows water to trickle through slowly,...


La Città Sotterranea

March 2019
It was a stroke of luck when the crazy WWOOFing adventure that my sister Diana and I were on in Cancellara was suddenly cut short. We needed to find lodging quickly as the B&B in Salento, our next destination, wasn’t available yet. Luckily,...