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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CORICHEDDUS – SWEETS OR JEWELS?

If I ever received one of these beauties, I am not sure I would even dare eating them – they are beautiful!

Coricheddus (small hearts) are typical Sardinian sweets commonly made of almonds, honey, orange peel and saffron! It takes a lot of time to make them as they are designed by hand, one by one, like jewels!

These sweets are typical of the Nuoro region (central Sardinia) and are often prepared for festive occasions and weddings, when they are offered to the bride and groom! The hearts are often decorated
with flowers, ears, wedding rings and lots of imagination! Other typical shapes are the bird and the pitcher.

Photo by http://myart-robertomurgia.blogspot.com

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CHESTNUTS AND HAZELNUTS FESTIVAL IN ARITZO

The popular festival is held annually on the last Sunday of October in Aritzo, in the heart of Barbagia, a place of wild enchantment between beauty and goodness . The event is a great opportunity to raise awareness of local products, cultural heritage, environment and art of central Sardinia. During two days (Saturday and Sunday) the festival features musical performances and art exhibitions, while hot chestnuts, freshly cooked, and a good glass of new wine await you along with desserts and many other typical specialties. In the producers’ market you can find the freshness of local products to take home. A cultural event not to be missed!

It was mainly the Laore company that re-discovered the cultivation of chestnut trees in Sardinia. In 2007 they began to implement a plan for restructuring the chestnut trees, identifying and selecting the local qualities that best fit the market. This led to the subsequent grafting of about 150 hectares of chestnut and chestnut woods that meet these needs. Sardinia counts 2000 hectares which could be destined to chestnut trees, but currently only 1000 hectares have been developed mainly located in Barbagia-Mandrolosai (Desulo, Tonara, Belvì and Aritzo).

For those who are staying in South Sardinia, you can also visit the local chestnut producer in Teulada, the Azienda Agricola Sebera di Francesco e Luigi Pirlo – they are currently harvesting the chestnuts and it’s worth a visit!

 

 

Photo: Azienda Agricola Sebera di Francesco e Luigi Pirlo

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A BIT OF LOCAL ANCIENT HISTORY

cThe objects of greatest interest are those found during the excavations in the sixties and eighties in Bithia that brought to light interesting pieces of historical and cultural value such as the sandstone statue of the god Bes, a bull-god represented with the right arm raised to greet the sacred “betili” stones that ancient people laid in the areas of worship.

To enrich the collection of the museum are mainly the archaeological finds from the ancient necropolis of Bithia, near the Tower of Chia, from common pottery to flask-shaped containers dating from the sixth century BC. Several rooms of the museum are dedicated to more modern handicrafts and local produces.

The museum is located in Piazza Vittorio Emanuele in Domus de Maria and open daily in the summer, upon request for the remaining of the year. Open daily in the summer; upon request for the rest of the year. Entrance: 1,60€; no reservation required.

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15 AUGUST IS FERRAGOSTO – THE ITALIAN SUMMER FESTIVAL

After Christmas, Ferragosto is the second most important festivity in Italy. The most awaited festival corresponds with the beginning of the summer holidays and brings a stream of Italian visitors to the beaches and the cities. If you would like to go out on the night of Ferragosto, make sure to book a table in your favourite restaurant. Also, note that most shops are closed for the festivities.

The Ferragosto finds its origins in ancient Rome and was later interwoven with the Catholic tradition. The name Ferragosto comes from the Latin feriae Augusti (rest of Augustus), in honor of Octavian Augustus, the first Roman emperor, from which the month of August takes its name. It was a period of rest and celebration established by the emperor himself during which a number of parties celebrated the end of the agricultural labour.

Throughout the Empire festivals and horse races took place, draft animals were adorned with flowers. In addition, it was custom for the farmers to express their best wishes to the landowners, in exchange for a small tip.

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WHAT A FUN WAY TO VISIT CAGLIARI!

There are many different ways to visit a city. But this one, is very Italian and so much fun!

Aboard the beautiful bee gig of Cagliari Touring you’ll discover the heart of the old Cagliari, with its narrow winding streets, monuments and breathtaking views. Cagliari Touring is also available for special events, weddings, photo shoots, advertising, night tours and custom tours.

Price: 20€ per person for an individual tour of 90 minutes

Info & contact: https://www.facebook.com/CagliariTouring/?pnref=lhc
Phone: +39 3468759213

Watch the video: https://youtu.be/lz_ragKiucY

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GRAND OPENING OF THE MULTIMEDIA CULTURAL CENTER “CONTOS E SONOS”, PULA – JUNE 22, 2019 (evening)

“Contos e Sonos” was born to explore some of the several artistic expressions of the Sardinian cultural heritage, such as music (Launeddas, barrel organ etc.), oral traditions (tales, myths, legends), traditional dancing and singing (a tenore, a concordu, with guitar etc.). With this project, the Teatro Actores Alidos wants to modernize the former Municipal Cultural Centre in Pula, making it the “domo de sa cultura” (house of the culture), a new cultural hub that will organize events, meetings, workshops, interactive courses and contests, with the goal to promote, recover and pass on the oral traditions and the practice of ancient arts, especially between the younger generations and the students, so that they can learn and preserve them.

These initiatives will facilitate social interactivity and cultural exchanges to facilitate the creation of new formulas and ideas across the different disciplines. All the productions (documents, activities, etc.) will be available digitally later on, to be preserved and always accessible.

“Contos e Sonos” wants to be a spark for the “domo”, to engage the public, make them enjoy and discover the many faces of the vast Sardinian cultural heritage, constantly evolving and being reinterpreted.

More information: http://www.contosesonos.com/en

DOMO DE SA CULTURA
Via Nora 195, 09010 Pula (Ca)