Sign of the craft workshop Bottega Campitiello in Stio Cilento (Salerno - Italy)

Sign of the workshop "Bottega Campitiello" in Stio Cilento (Salerno - Italy)

Signature in pyrography

Signature in pyrography

Tuning a chitarra battente

Domenico Campitiello

Tuning a chitarra battente

Corner of an old wine-cellar in Stio Cilento (Salerno - Italy) - exhibition of sculptures and guitars

Corner of an old wine-cellar in Stio Cilento (Salerno - Italy) - exhibition of sculptures and guitars

Sound hole of a chitarra battente in preparation, soundboard in mulberry wood

Sound hole of a chitarra battente in preparation, soundboard in mulberry wood

Models of guitars in preparation: Bean, Battente, Ilvolo

Models of guitars in preparation: Bean, Battente, Ilvolo

Round with drawer - Marquetry and bas-relief with leaves and daisies. The base is a jewelry box drawer. Woods: chestnut, mulberry, hornbeam, mulberry and maple.

Round with drawer

Marquetry and bas-relief with leaves and daisies. The base is a jewelry box drawer. Woods: chestnut, mulberry, hornbeam, mulberry and maple.

Round table with marquetry in progress

Round table with marquetry in progress

Segreté made of walnut - restored

Segreté made of walnut - restored

Detail of the sound hole of the guitar Ilvolo

Detail of the sound hole of the guitar Ilvolo

Chitarre battenti in construction

Chitarre battenti in construction

Chitarra battente with amplifier

Chitarra battente with amplifier

Carved panels made of chestnut wood, bas-reliefs 'Cilento senza parole' (Cilento without words) and 'Tralcio di vite' (Vine shoot)

Carved panels made of chestnut wood, bas-reliefs "Cilento senza parole" (Cilento without words) and "Tralcio di vite' (Vine shoot)"

Carved panels made of chestnut wood, bas-reliefs 'Ninna nanna contadina' (Peasant lullaby) and 'Rinascere' (Revice)

Carved panels made of chestnut wood, bas-reliefs "Ninna nanna contadina" (Peasant lullaby) and "Rinascere" (Revice)

'Arte nel legno' (Art in wood) - Sculpture made of cypress wood (sold)

"Arte nel legno" (Art in wood) - Sculpture made of cypress wood (sold)

Round table in walnut with marquetry

Round table in walnut with marquetry

Round with drawer - Marquetry and bas-relief with leaves and daisies. The base is a jewelry box drawer. Woods: chestnut, mulberry, hornbeam, mulberry and maple.

Round with drawer

Marquetry and bas-relief with leaves and daisies. The base is a jewelry box drawer. Woods: chestnut, mulberry, hornbeam, mulberry and maple.

Writing desk in cherry wood

Writing desk in cherry wood

Viento ca sona

Domenico Campitiello

Viento ca sona

Brothers Campitiello performing at the 'Festa della Castagna' in Stio Cilento (Salerno - Italy) - exhibition of guitars and sculptures

Brothers Campitiello performing at the "Festa della Castagna" in Stio Cilento (Salerno - Italy) - exhibition of guitars and sculptures

Viento ca sona - A book written by Domenico Campitiello. - Memories, stories, traditions, a collection of all the lyrics by Campitiello brothers and more. - To purchase the book you are invited to visit or contact directly la Botteoga Campitiello.

Viento ca sona

A book written by Domenico Campitiello.
Memories, stories, traditions, a collection of all the lyrics by Campitiello brothers and more.

To purchase the book you are invited to visit or contact directly la Botteoga Campitiello.

Proverbi - A collection of more than 300 proverbs from Stio Cilento and surroundings. - To purchase the book you are invited to visit or contact directly la Botteoga Campitiello.

Proverbi

A collection of more than 300 proverbs from Stio Cilento and surroundings.

To purchase the book you are invited to visit or contact directly la Botteoga Campitiello.

Round with drawer - Marquetry and bas-relief with leaves and daisies. The base is a jewelry box drawer. Woods: chestnut, mulberry, hornbeam, mulberry and maple.

Round with drawer

Marquetry and bas-relief with leaves and daisies. The base is a jewelry box drawer. Woods: chestnut, mulberry, hornbeam, mulberry and maple.

Round with drawer - Marquetry and bas-relief with leaves and daisies. The base is a jewelry box drawer. Woods: chestnut, mulberry, hornbeam, mulberry and maple.

Round with drawer

Marquetry and bas-relief with leaves and daisies. The base is a jewelry box drawer. Woods: chestnut, mulberry, hornbeam, mulberry and maple.

'Persi' (Lost) - Sculpture made of cherry wood

"Persi" (Lost) - Sculpture made of cherry wood

Studio of a bas-relief executed on a panel of chestnut wood

Studio of a bas-relief executed on a panel of chestnut wood

'Chiocciola' (Snail) - Sculpture made of cherry wood (detail - temporary title)

"Chiocciola" (Snail) - Sculpture made of cherry wood (detail - temporary title)

'Chiocciola' (Snail) - Sculpture made of cherry wood (detail - temporary title)

"Chiocciola" (Snail) - Sculpture made of cherry wood (detail - temporary title)

'Chiocciola' (Snail) - Sculpture made of cherry wood (detail - temporary title)

"Chiocciola" (Snail) - Sculpture made of cherry wood (detail - temporary title)

'Chiocciola' (Snail) - Sculpture made of cherry wood (detail - temporary title)

"Chiocciola" (Snail) - Sculpture made of cherry wood (detail - temporary title)

'Illusione della liberta' (Illusion of freedom) - Sculpture made of mulberry wood

"Illusione della liberta'" (Illusion of freedom) - Sculpture made of mulberry wood

'Illusione della liberta' (Illusion of freedom) - Sculpture made of mulberry wood

"Illusione della liberta'" (Illusion of freedom) - Sculpture made of mulberry wood

'Ninna nanna contadina' (Peasant lullaby) - Sculpture made of chestnut wood

"Ninna nanna contadina" (Peasant lullaby) - Sculpture made of chestnut wood

'Per te and per gli altri' (For you and for the others) - Sculpture made of cherry wood

"Per te and per gli altri" (For you and for the others) - Sculpture made of cherry wood

'Ascia' (Axe) - Sculpture made of mulberry wood, single piece, no joints

"Ascia" (Axe) - Sculpture made of mulberry wood, single piece, no joints

'Ascia' (Axe) - Sculpture made of mulberry wood, single piece, no joints

"Ascia" (Axe) - Sculpture made of mulberry wood, single piece, no joints

'Un'idea sbagliata' (A wrong idea) - Sculpture made of mulberry wood

"Un'idea sbagliata" (A wrong idea) - Sculpture made of mulberry wood

'Rinascere' (Revive) - Bas-relief made of chestnut wood

"Rinascere" (Revive) - Bas-relief made of chestnut wood

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"Il ritorno torna" (The return comes back) - Sculpture made of chestnut wood

'La sciarpa' (The scarf) - Sculpture made of acacia wood

"La sciarpa" (The scarf) - Sculpture made of acacia wood

'La sciarpa' (The scarf) - Sculpture made of acacia wood

"La sciarpa" (The scarf) - Sculpture made of acacia wood

Carved crucifix made of Turkey oak wood

Carved crucifix made of Turkey oak wood

Carved crucifix made of Turkey oak wood

Carved crucifix made of Turkey oak wood

'La spia' (The spy) - Sculpture made of acacia wood

"La spia" (The spy) - Sculpture made of acacia wood

'Cilento senza parole' (Cilento without words) - Bas-relief made of chestnut wood (detail)

"Cilento senza parole" (Cilento without words) - Bas-relief made of chestnut wood (detail)

Frame with mirror, shelf and card holder made of chestnut wood

Frame with mirror, shelf and card holder made of chestnut wood

Domenico Campitiello in the workshop starting the bas-relief of 'Mani cilentane' (Hands from Cilento)

Domenico Campitiello in the workshop starting the bas-relief of "Mani cilentane" (Hands from Cilento)

Starting the bas-reliefs of the sculpture 'Mani cilentane' (Hands from Cilento)

Starting the bas-reliefs of the sculpture "Mani cilentane" (Hands from Cilento)

'Mani cilentane' (Hands from Cilento) - Sculpture made of oak wood (placed in the elementary school in Stio Cilento (Salerno - Italy)

"Mani cilentane" (Hands from Cilento) - Sculpture made of oak wood (placed in the elementary school in Stio Cilento (Salerno - Italy)

'Mani cilentane' (Hands from Cilento) - Sculpture made of oak wood (placed in the elementary school in Stio Cilento (Salerno - Italy)

"Mani cilentane" (Hands from Cilento) - Sculpture made of oak wood (placed in the elementary school in Stio Cilento (Salerno - Italy)

Carved hand of a bishop's pastoral staff

Carved hand of a bishop's pastoral staff

Exercise on fir wood

Exercise on fir wood

'Cristo senza croce' (Christ without cross) - Sculpture made of walnut

"Cristo senza croce" (Christ without cross) - Sculpture made of walnut

'Bas-relief of Samuel Hahnemann' made of chestnut wood (sold)

"Bas-relief of Samuel Hahnemann" made of chestnut wood (sold)

'Bas-relief of Samuel Hahnemann' made of chestnut wood (sold)

"Bas-relief of Samuel Hahnemann" made of chestnut wood (sold)

'Bas-relief of Samuel Hahnemann' made of chestnut wood (sold)

"Bas-relief of Samuel Hahnemann" made of chestnut wood (sold)

Round table with marquetry in progress

Round table with marquetry in progress

Monstrance made with olive, maple, mulberry and pear woods, following the mosaic technique

Monstrance made with olive, maple, mulberry and pear woods, following the mosaic technique

Bas-relief on a panel of chestnut wood

Bas-relief on a panel of chestnut wood

'Mani in preghiera' (Praying hands) - Sculpture made of cherry wood

'Mani in preghiera' (Praying hands) - Sculpture made of cherry wood

'Arte nel legno' (Art in wood) - Sculpture made of cypress wood (sold)

"Arte nel legno" (Art in wood) - Sculpture made of cypress wood (sold)

'Mamma con bimbo' (Mother with child) - Sculpture made of peach wood

"Mamma con bimbo" (Mother with child) - Sculpture made of peach wood

Artistic objects in wood

Artistic objects in wood

'Il chiodo' (The nail) - Sculpture made of peach wood, single piece, no joints

"Il chiodo" (The nail) - Sculpture made of peach wood, single piece, no joints

'Il chiodo' (The nail) - Sculpture made of peach wood, single piece, no joints

"Il chiodo" (The nail) - Sculpture made of peach wood, single piece, no joints

Lectern made of chestnut wood in the church of SS Pietro and Paolo in Stio Cilento (Salerno - Italy)

Lectern made of chestnut wood in the church of SS Pietro and Paolo in Stio Cilento (Salerno - Italy)

Chitarra battente made of mulberry wood and walnut

Chitarra battente made of mulberry wood and walnut

Tuning a chitarra battente

Tuning a chitarra battente

Sound hole of a chitarra battente in preparation, soundboard in mulberry wood

Sound hole of a chitarra battente in preparation, soundboard in mulberry wood

Head of a chitarra battente '

Head of a chitarra battente "Campitiello"

Chitarra battente with soundboard red cedar wood, back plate and sides in rosewood

Chitarra battente with soundboard red cedar wood, back plate and sides in rosewood

Chitarra battente made of cherry wood

Chitarra battente made of cherry wood

Chitarra battente decorate with pyrography

Chitarra battente decorate with pyrography

First chitarra battente built by Domenico Campitiello, flat back plate (it's the reconstruction of Zi Peppo Cavaliere's chitarra battente)

First chitarra battente built by Domenico Campitiello, flat back plate (it's the reconstruction of Zi Peppo Cavaliere's chitarra battente)

On the right a 'chitarra battente cilentana' - model De Luccia (early '900). On the left, replica of the same guitar

On the right a "chitarra battente cilentana" - model De Luccia (early '900). On the left, replica of the same guitar

Chitarra battente with flat back plate

Chitarra battente with flat back plate

Chitarra battente with flat back plate

Chitarra battente with flat back plate

Chitarra battente made of fir wood and maple wood

Chitarra battente made of fir wood and maple wood

Guitars in phase of lacquering

Guitars in phase of lacquering

Chitarra battente - soundboard in mulberry wood

Chitarra battente - soundboard in mulberry wood

Chitarra battente - soundboard in mulberry wood

Chitarra battente - soundboard in mulberry wood

Chitarra battente - sides in walnut

Chitarra battente - sides in walnut

Guitar head with machine heads in wood

Guitar head with machine heads in wood/p>

Three chitarre battenti with flat back plate

Three chitarre battenti with flat back plate/p>

Chitarra battente - soundboard in mulberry wood

Chitarra battente - soundboard in mulberry wood

Chitarra battente - sides and soundboard in walnut and maple wood

Chitarra battente - sides and soundboard in walnut and maple wood

Chitarra battente - head with head tuner and strings

Chitarra battente - head with head tuner and strings

Chitarra battente - head with head tuner and strings

Chitarra battente - head with head tuner and strings

Chitarra battente - soundboard

Chitarra battente - soundboard

Chitarra battente with flat back plate

Chitarra battente with flat back plate

Chitarre battenti in construction

Chitarre battenti in construction

Slatted back plate of chitarra battente

Slatted back plate of chitarra battente

Chitarre battenti in profile

Chitarre battenti in profile

Chitarra battente with amplifier

Chitarra battente with amplifier

Chitarra battente - amplifier

Chitarra battente - amplifier

Chitarra battente - back plate and amplifier

Chitarra battente - back plate and amplifier

Chitarra battente - sound hole made of wood

Chitarra battente - sound hole made of wood

Chitarra battente - head

Chitarra battente - head

Chitarra battente in the box

Chitarra battente in the box

Two chitarre battenti

Two chitarre battenti

Chitarra battente and a miniature

Chitarra battente and a miniature

Domenico Campitiello describing a chitarra battente

Domenico Campitiello describing a chitarra battente

Chitarra battente made of maple wood and red fir wood

Chitarra battente made of maple wood and red fir wood

Chitarra battente made of maple wood and cherry wood

Chitarra battente made of maple wood and cherry wood

'Estate' (Summer)- Bas-relief on a panel of chestnut wood

"Estate" (Summer)- Bas-relief on a panel of chestnut wood

'Autunno' (Autumn) - Bas-relief on a panel of chestnut wood

"Autunno" (Autumn) - Bas-relief on a panel of chestnut wood

'Autunno' (Autumn) - Carving in progress on a panel of chestnut wood

"Autunno" (Autumn) - Carving in progress on a panel of chestnut wood

Carved panels made of chestnut wood, bas-reliefs 'Cilento senza parole' (Cilento without words) and 'Tralcio di vite' (Vine shoot)

Carved panels made of chestnut wood, bas-reliefs "Cilento senza parole" (Cilento without words) and "Tralcio di vite" (Vine shoot)

Carved panels made of chestnut wood, bas-reliefs 'Ninna nanna contadina' (Peasant lullaby) and 'Rinascere' (Revice)

Carved panels made of chestnut wood, bas-reliefs "Ninna nanna contadina" (Peasant lullaby) and "Rinascere" (Revice)

Detail of 'Ninna nanna contadina' (Peasant lullaby) - Bas-relief on a panel of chestnut wood

Detail of "Ninna nanna contadina" (Peasant lullaby) - Bas-relief on a panel of chestnut wood

Detail of 'Rinascere' (Revive) - Bas-relief on a panel of chestnut wood

Detail of "Rinascere" (Revive) - Bas-relief on a panel of chestnut wood

Detail of 'Cilento senza parole' (Cilento without words) - Bas-relief on a panel of chestnut wood

Detail of "Cilento senza parole" (Cilento without words) - Bas-relief on a panel of chestnut wood

'Tralcio di vite' (Vine shoot) - Sculpture made of chestnut wood

"Tralcio di vite" (Vine shoot) - Sculpture made of chestnut wood

Panels made of chestnut wood with bas-relief: 'Ninna nanna contadina' (Peasant lullaby), 'Rinascere' (Revice), 'Cilento senza parole' (Cilento without words) and 'Tralcio di vite' (Vine shoot)

Panels made of chestnut wood with bas-relief: "Ninna nanna contadina" (Peasant lullaby), "Rinascere" (Revice), "Cilento senza parole" (Cilento without words) and "Tralcio di vite" (Vine shoot)

'Ninna nanna contadina' (Peasant lullaby) - Sculpture made of chestnut wood

"Ninna nanna contadina" (Peasant lullaby) - Sculpture made of chestnut wood

'Cilento senza parole' (Cilento without words) - Bas-relief made of chestnut wood

"Cilento senza parole" (Cilento without words) - Bas-relief made of chestnut wood

'Rinascere' (Revive) - Bas-relief made of chestnut wood

"Rinascere" (Revive) - Bas-relief made of chestnut wood

Door 'Le quattro stagioni' (The Four Seasons)

Door "Le quattro stagioni" (The Four Seasons)

Front door with bas-reliefs 'Le quattro stagioni' (The Four Seasons) - Bas-reliefs on a panel of chestnut wood

Front door with bas-reliefs "Le quattro stagioni" (The Four Seasons) - Bas-reliefs on a panel of chestnut wood

Front door with bas-reliefs 'Le quattro stagioni' (The Four Seasons)

Front door with bas-reliefs "Le quattro stagioni" (The Four Seasons)

Bas-relief on a panel of chestnut wood

Bas-relief on a panel of chestnut wood

Domenico Campitiello carving on wood (early '80s)

Domenico Campitiello carving on wood (early '80s)

Sanding the soundboard

Sanding the soundboard

Plugging the handle on the soundboard

Plugging the handle on the soundboard

Plugging the handle on the soundboard

Plugging the handle on the soundboard

Models of guitars in preparation: Bean, Battente, Ilvolo

Models of guitars in preparation: Bean, Battente, Ilvolo

Bean guitar

Bean guitar

Domenico Campitiello in the workshop with his guitars

Domenico Campitiello in the workshop with his guitars

Domenico Campitiello in Marina di Camerota (01/05/2005 - for the TV show 'la Domenica del Villaggio')

Domenico Campitiello in Marina di Camerota (01/05/2005 - for the TV show "la Domenica del Villaggio")

Test of the guitar Canterina

Test of the guitar Canterina

Guitar Ilvolo - front part

Guitar Ilvolo - front part

Guitar Ilvolo in profile

Guitar Ilvolo in profile

Guitar Ilvolo - head

Guitar Ilvolo - head

Guitar Canterina - soundboard

Guitar Canterina - soundboard

Guitar Canterina in profile

Guitar Canterina in profile

Guitar Canterina in profile

Guitar Canterina in profile

Bean guitar

Bean guitar

Bean guitar in profile

Bean guitar in profile

Bean guitar, head 'Campitiello'

Bean guitar, head "Campitiello"

Bean guitar

Bean guitar

Test of the guitar Ilvolo

Test of the guitar Ilvolo

Detail of the sound hole of the guitar Ilvolo

Detail of the sound hole of the guitar Ilvolo

Guitar Ilvolo disassembled

Guitar Ilvolo disassembled

Corner cupboard in walnut with exhibition of sculptures: on the left 'Illusione della liberta' (Illusion of freedom) in mulberry wood and on the right 'Tralcio di vite' (Vine shoot) in chestnut wood

Corner cupboard in walnut with exhibition of sculptures: on the left "Illusione della liberta'" (Illusion of freedom) in mulberry wood and on the right "Tralcio di vite" (Vine shoot) in chestnut wood

Corner cupboard in walnut with exhibition of sculptures: on the left 'Illusione della liberta' (Illusion of freedom) in mulberry wood and on the right 'Tralcio di vite' (Vine shoot) in chestnut wood

Corner cupboard in walnut with exhibition of sculptures: on the left "Illusione della liberta'" (Illusion of freedom) in mulberry wood and on the right "Tralcio di vite" (Vine shoot) in chestnut wood

Table

Table "fratini" in chestnut wood

Antique furniture

Antique furniture

Chest in olive wood marquetry

Chest in olive wood marquetry

Sink made of maple wood - before restoration

Sink made of maple wood - before restoration

Sink made of maple wood - restored

Sink made of maple wood - restored

Writing desk in cherry wood

Writing desk in cherry wood

Corner cupboard in cherry wood

Corner cupboard in cherry wood

Cabinet in walnut

Cabinet in walnut

Round table in walnut with marquetry

Round table in walnut with marquetry

Corner cupboard in walnut

Corner cupboard in walnut

Segreté made of walnut - restored

Segreté made of walnut - restored

Segreté made of walnut - restored

Segreté made of walnut - restored

Antique furniture from Cilento area

Antique furniture from Cilento area

Signature in bas-relief on oak wood

Signature in bas-relief on oak wood

"Lutherie" is the art of building or repairing string musical instruments. The historical capital city of lutherie is Cremona in North Italy: the most famous violin makers in the world (Nicolò Amati, Antonio Stradivari etc.) were born in this city.

In South Italy, the art of lutherie was not widespread, but since the second half of 18th century, travelers and migrants coming mainly from North Italy brought in their villages new musical instruments including some particular kind of guitars. Slowly somebody became interested and began to build a few rudimental copies of this instrument, sometimes also changing the original shape. That's how lutherie was born in South Italy and essentially it was based on the building of the so-called chitarra battente: it was a special musical instrument that first appeared in Sicily and Calabria, then finally in the Cilento area and Apulia.



The chitarra battente (in Italian "strumming guitar", however "battente" literally means "beating" related to the fact that this guitar thumps the rhythm of the music) was built in an elementary way by artisans, in fact there were no real luthiers. Along with mandolins and classical guitars, this instrument was not built to be sold, but peasants used it to have fun between themselves: that's how many popular songs from Cilento were born and nowadays are almost forgotten.

In the first half of the 20th century, there were some popular luthiers in Cilento: the brothers De Luccia from Casigliano in Sessa Cilento. They started the official story of the chitarra battente cilentana. However, between 1945 and 2000, the building of this musical instrument was abandoned and almost all of the culture created around it was forgotten with the advent of the organetto (that is a popular Italian folk instrument similar to the accordion).

Attualmente Domenico Campitiello è uno degli ultimi liutai costruttori della chitarra battente cilentana.

In several decades of activity, Domenico Campitiello has conducted an important research for the revaluation of the chitarra battente cilentana, rediscovering all the features of this unique instrument and many forgotten popular songs.

Studying some old models, today in the Botteca Campitiello the chitarra battente is rebuilt in its original shape and also in a new variation, the so-called model Campitiello. The culture created by this simple unique instrument is rediscovered continuously with old songs and traditions.

Currently Domenico Campitiello is one of the last luthiers in Cilento National Park.

Domenico Campitiello in the workshop testing a chitarra battente

Domenico Campitiello in the workshop testing a chitarra battente

Detail soundhole of a classical guitar

Detail soundhole of a classical guitar

One of the first guitars built by Domenico Campitiello (early 70s)

One of the first guitars built by Domenico Campitiello (early 70s)

Classical guitar made in the workshop Bottega Campitiello

Classical guitar made in the workshop Bottega Campitiello

Domenico Campitiello an exhibition of his guitars

Domenico Campitiello and exhibition of his guitars

Exhibition of chitarre battenti

Exhibition of chitarre battenti