CREATIVE EASTER BREAD

In Sardinia it is tradition to prepare a very special and elaborated Easter bread, the forms of which are manifold: crown, chick, girl, lapwing, fish, small baskets with holes in the shape of a fruit or flower. Even their names are different: ‘coccoi cun s’ou’, ‘coccoi to pippia’, ‘coccoi de pasca’, ‘coccoi de ou’ and of course many others.

All of these breads are completed by embedding an egg (with the shell) in the dough and sometimes concealing it. This particular bread is considered a symbol of fertility and good luck.

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BYSSUS – GOLDEN SILK FROM THE SEA

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7 CHURCHES IN THE HEART OF CAGLIARI

The medieval district of Castello (Castle) is the oldest of the four historic districts of Cagliari. It is prominently located on a hill, about one hundred meters above sea, and is the heart of the city with its mighty walls that still surround most of the district perimeter.

Alone in Castello there are seven churches: 4 are in Gothic Aragonese style and 2 in Baroque style. However the most important is the Cathedral of Santa Maria, which was built by the Pisans in the thirteenth century and underwent profound stylistic changes over the centuries. In 1930, the facade was restored in an effort to give back to the church the original Pisan-Romanesque style. The church obtained cathedral status in 1258 and is now the seat of the archbishop of Cagliari.

The Cathedral is open daily from 8:00 – 12:00 and from 16:00 – 20:00. On request you can also visit the Cathedral Museum, where are held the most important works of the Cathedral Treasury.

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MASKS, DISGUISES, SATIRE AND BIZARRE PANTOMIME

The Carnival, the only festivity not linked to Catholic liturgy, is deep rooted in the Sardinian culture. Across the island the festivities start with the bonfires of Saint Anthony on 17th January while the main celebrations take place between Ash Thursday and Ash Tuesday to conclude on Ash Wednesday. Interestingly the main carnival characters vary quite strongly from region to region.

The Carnival often recalls archaic rites, where the year end is represented by a king or queen (in Tempio Pausiania) or by a rag puppet that is tried, condemned to the stake and afterwards mourned with a ridiculous funeral whine (in Bosa, Maimone, Cagliari).

In the center of the island, Carnival often features mute masks of ancient origin such as Mamuthones and Issohadores (Mamoiada), Boes and Merdules (Ottana) and Sos Thuros (Orotelli).

Especially in the region of Oristano, equistrian performances are at the heart of the Carnival (e.g. Sartiglia in Oristano, Sa carrela ‘nanti in Santulussurgiu, Sa corsa e sa pudda in Ghilarza).

No matter where you decide to go, the Carnival is usually accompanied by beans with bacon, fritters (kind of donuts) and plenty of local wine. Have fun!

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CARNIVAL KICK-OFF WITH THE FIRE OF SAINT ANTONY

Each year in the night of January 16 many bonfires are lit across whole Sardinia in honor of Saint Anthony, a leading exponent of Egyptian asceticism of the third century AC. Christians see this ancient cult as a devoted opponent of the devils and hell fire. The legend says that St. Anthony stole a glowing spark from the world of the dead to provide mankind with fire.

That night, people ask graces and miracles to the Saint in an magical setting dominated by the bonfire consuming huge piles of wood. Mixing Christian devotion and ancient pagan traditions, this rite is documented since the mid-nineteenth century, but its origins are definitely more remote. After the liturgical rites and the blessing of the fire, participants regroup around the bonfire to chat, sing, taste sweets and wine offered by the community. The fire burns all night and the shape of its smoke supposedly predicts good auspices and prophecies. This old ritual also indicates the start of the Carnival.

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How and where to spend New Year’s Eve

Cagliari is famous for the numerous concerts that take place during the last night of the the year in the most important squares of the city.

This year, to accompany the countdown towards the new year and to perform in Piazza Yenne from 10.30 pm, will be the singer-songwriter VINICIO CAPOSSELA. Following, DJ set with Dj Nicola Musu.

At Bastione Santa Croce, from 10.30pm, there is dancing to the rhythm of the most famous hits of international pop and dance music, proposed by the Smash Hits band. The DJset will follow with DJ Bettosun.

New Year in the name of jazz in Piazza San Giacomo, with the live band Mambo Django and the musical duo Foxi & Herny.

Let’s celebrate in Cagliari city this year!

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Cozy Christmas markets in Cagliari

From Piazza Yenne to Piazza del Carmine, from Corso Vittorio Emanuele to the historic shopping streets of Cagliari such as via Garibaldi, via Manno, the Marina district and even Stampace. It is here that the Christmas markets will take place.

81 small wooden houses, entertainment, flavors and aromas of the island, including those of Barbagia … And then the inevitable melodies that for the festive days will create the highly anticipated Christmas atmosphere, which will be accompanied by the music of the students of the Conservatory.

This is the perfect place if you are looking for Christmas trees, cribs, ornaments, accessories and handcrafts. You will also find the traditional fresh and dried flowers’ bouquets, poinsettias and seasonal greeting cards. Of course, Sardinian food and produces, from nougat to sebadas, cannot be missed here either. The sure place to find an original Christmas gift or souvenir to take home!

The Christmas markets start on Sunday 1 December and will remain open until 6 January, in Piazza Yenne and Piazza de Carmine only until 29 December.

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VISIT BARUMINI AND ENJOY AUTHENTIC SARDINIAN FOOD

If you are staying in South Sardinia, we suggest a visit to Barumini, just a 1.5 hour drive from the Pula/Chia area. Barumini features one of the most important archaeological sites of the island (UNESCO heritage) where you can see the remains of the largest nuragic settlement dating from about 1600 BC! The entrance fee includes the visit to the museum and the cultural centre.

For lunch we strongly recommend the Hotel Restaurant Su Nuraxi, which is just a few hundred meters further from the historical site. They propose authentic Sardinian food, cooked with the heart and served with the soul. Make your choice from the menu or just ask the friendly owner Carla, who will be happy to suggest the dish of the day. They also have a great choice of appetizers (antipasti) including local cheese and ham, as well as homemade pickled vegetables.

For more information: http://www.fondazionebarumini.it/

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FOLLOWING THE STEPS OF SANT’EFISIO

If you are planning a visit to South Sardinia next Spring, you may be interested in a wonderful guided experience that will give you insights about the Celebration of Sant’Efisio (the saint protector of Sardinia) which takes place each year early May in the small town of Pula.

This 3-hours tour will give you the opportunity to visit the very old church of Nora (dating from 1100), learn everything about the preparation for the procession and even test your baking skills with Sardinian recipes.

THE SARDINIAN VERSION OF HALLOWEEN

Although Halloween is becoming more and more popular in Italy, Sardinia has its own way of celebrating the souls, which is called “Is Animeddas” or “Panixeddas” in the south and “Su mortu mortu” in the central part of the island.

The Sardinian version of Halloween goes back to an ancient tradition which celebrates the goodness of the souls on All Saints day (1st November). Here too appears the theme of carved pumpkins and children dressed as ghosts who knock at the doors asking for gifts or else threatening with tricks.

Originally, homemade goodies such as pabassinas, su pani de saba, and especially a biscuit called ossu de mottu (dead’s bones) along with pomegranates, chestnuts and dried fruit were given to the kids. The tradition was to light an oil lamp to honor each deceased member of the family. Happy Halloween!

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