A GUIDE TO ARTISAN MUSEUMS AND HISTORICAL SHOPS

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This very interesting guide (in Italian and English) describes the artisans museums and historical shops of Sardinia related for example to art textiles, basket weaving, wrought iron, as well as oil and wine production.

To learn more, download the guide here:
http://www.sardegnadigitallibrary.it/documenti/17_151_20091001165750.pdf

Photo: http://www.omuaxiu.it/

ALWAYS AT EASTER – COLOMBA DI PASQUA

For sure this traditional Italian Easter yeast bread called “Easter Dove” will not be missed on any Italian table. It’s shape recalls the dove symbolizing peace and resurrection.

The dough is soft and fragrant, rich in butter and eggs, mixed with pieces of candied oranges. The almond icing is applied before baking, giving it a sweet, crisp crust. Here is a recipe for those who want to bake it!

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Easter Dove- Colomba Di Pasqua Recipe – Food.com
Easter in Italy will not be without the lovely yummi cake in form of a dove, a Easter dove sign of peace

BE A SHEPHERD FOR A DAY

This experience offers the opportunity to live a few hours into the fold of a Sardinian shepherd during which you will be able to watch sheep-milking and the making of cheese according to ancient traditions. At the end of the experience, there will be a cheese-tasting.

This excursion takes place around Chia and is brought to you by www.sardeo.com.
Price: 35€ per person.

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Photo credit: Sardeo.com

UP AND COMING – SANT’EFISIO FESTIVAL

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One of the most important and spectacular events in Sardinia is the festival of Sant’Efisio which takes place on 1-4th May every year. For this occasion the streets of Cagliari and Pula in particular are completely covered with petals of roses to honor the saint and give way to the parade. In Sardinian this is called “Sa Ramadura”. More info to come on this event: http://www.visitpula.info/santefisio-a-pula/.

Photo: www.sardegnadigitallibrary.it

 

EXPERIENCE THE STUNNING TEULADA MOUNTAIN VILLAGE

In this full-day excursion you will learn all you need to know about the wildlife and Mediterranean flora of the area, as well as its unique geography.

Secrets of Sardinia will take you through the forest of Monte Maria, visit a Sardinian shepherd, have a brunch with local goods and excellent red wine and finally tour along the south-coast to admire the beauty of the bay of Tueredda and Chia.

The full day excursion starts from Pula and Santa Margherita around 9:00 am and costs 80€/person including

  • Trip through the forest of Monte Maria
  • Visit by a Sardinian Shepherd
  • Brunch with local goods and excellent red-wine
  • Tour along the south-coast
  • bay of Tueredda and Chia

For more information: http://www.secretsofsardinia.com/escape-cagliari-and-experience-the-stunning-teulada-mountain-village.html

Photo credit (Brunch at the shepherd): www.secretsofsardinia.com

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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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SOMETHING SPECIAL FOR VALENTINE’S DAY

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Why not surprise your loved one with a traditional Sardinian dish! This very pretty looking dumpling is called Culurgiones, a delicious pasta filled with potatoes, fresh and aged pecorino, garlic and mint. On this special day, we suggest to serve the culurgiones just with a heavenly tomato sauce.

The most challenging part is the closing of the dumpling, which makes it look so gorgeous. If you want to learn how to make Culurgiones, have a look at this video!

Buon appetito and Happy Valentine!

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SARTIGLIA IN ORISTANO 11/13 FEBRUARY 2018

The celebrations of the New Year have just ended and the next big events are already being prepared.

One of the most spectacular happenings in Sardinia during Carnival is the traditional and unique equestrian performance, la Sartiglia, which takes place in Oristano (North West of Sardinia) this year on 11 and 13 February.

The main figure of the ride is Su Componidori, a horseman dressed in a fascinating rite and becomes the king of the celebrations. The riders wear a large white embroidered cape with a camellia pinned on, a black top hat and a wooden mask with delicate almost androgynous lines, which give it a magical look.

The horsemen gallop through the narrow streets of the town centre and try to spear with their swords a silver star which is hung across their path. At the end of the ride the event continues with daring horseback acrobatics a thigh speed. But the most exciting and spectacular moment of the show is when younger ones ride in the same way taking everybody’s breath away.

If you are around Oristano at this time of the year, don’t miss this exceptional experience!

Photo: Angelo Porcheddu
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CARNIVAL IS UPCOMING – PARA FRITUS FOR YOUR SWEET TOOTH

The doughnut-like sweets are called “Para frittus” in Sardinia, which literally means “fried priests”. The origin of their name is unclear, but some say that the hole in the middle of the doughnut recalls the tonsure of the monks, while others claim that the white horizontal line in the middle of the doughnut looks like the cord of the monks’ dress.
During the Carnival Para Fritus are served everywhere in Sardinia. Although each region has its own recipe and shape, this specialty always taste great, whether plain or filled. Buon appetito!

Here the recipe in English: http://bit.ly/1naxlIW

Photo and recipe in Italian: MyArt by Roberto Murgia http://bit.ly/237F3DR

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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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Photo: www.sardegnaturismo.it

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