"Muted strains of Italian folk music"

Italian folk music is a very varied genre, due to the huge number of outside influences which have developed it throughout the centuries. Northern Italian music is more Slavic and Celtic in style, whereas Arabic and African influences have crept into the music of the South.

Sung ballads, narrative poetry and traditional dancing are a large part of Italian folk music, including the famous tarantella, danced in order to cure spider bites.