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The Castle of Acquafredda

The Castle of Acquafredda

The castle of Acquafredda rises on a volcanic hill, 256 meters above sea level, just 4 kilometers away from the small town of Siliqua, in the Province of Cagliari. Unlike other medieval castles scattered around the island, which are no longer safely accessible, it preserves many open and safe parts and offers a welcome area, […]

The fires of Sant’Antonio Abate: a trip to Mamoiada

The fires of Sant’Antonio Abate: a trip to Mamoiada

The beginning of Carnival in Sardinia is marked by a suggestive event which ends up in a memorable show: the fires of Sant’Antonio Abate. This festival is actually widespread throughout Italy, but in Sardinia, it marks the first release of the typical masks: Mamuthones and Issohadores in Mamoiada, Boes, Merdules, and Filonzana in Ottana, S’Urtzu […]

The Malaspina Castle in Bosa

The Malaspina Castle in Bosa

Sardinians also know it as the Castle of Serravalle, from the name of the hill where it stands overlooking the small town of Bosa. Located on top of the hill, the Castle of Malaspina has been watching over Bosa since 1112. Today, only the fortified walls and the towers belonging to the original structure still […]

The castle of Castelsardo: from the Doria family to the Piedmontese dominion

The castle of Castelsardo: from the Doria family to the Piedmontese dominion

For all Sardinians, and for tourists who every year get struck by the breathtaking view of the fortified castle overlooking the promontory, is Castelsardo, but this is just the last of the names the village took over the centuries. We know that in the Christian era, the first inhabitants were some religious, probably the Antonian […]

The Aymerich Castle in Laconi

The Aymerich Castle in Laconi

The Aymerich Castle in Laconi lies among exotic plants and the local Mediterranean scrub, nestled in the naturalistic park which bears the same name. It’s a rare lush corner in Sardinia, a sun-hardened region where only a few villages can boast plenty of water all year round. The Aymerich Castle rises on a 500- meters […]

Halloween in Sardinia rhymes with Is animeddas

Halloween in Sardinia rhymes with Is animeddas

Halloween in Sardinia exists since ancient times, although with other names: “is animeddas”, “sas animas”, “is panixeddas”, “su mortu mortu” are just some of the ways to indicate the feast for the commemoration of the dead. The traditions that accompany these rites, at times dark and silent, at times irreverent and playful, are a milestone […]

The Castle of Monreale: a fortress overlooking Sardara

The Castle of Monreale: a fortress overlooking Sardara

In the plain of Campidano, imposing as a guardian, stands the Castle of Monreale, halfway between the small towns of Sardara and San Gavino. Unfortunately, the exact year of its construction is uncertain, but historians assume its building dates between 1200 and 1300. It was mainly a strategic observation point and a military fortress. With […]

The castle of San Michele in Cagliari

The castle of San Michele in Cagliari

The Castle of San Michele in Cagliari lies on the hill in the north part of the city, 120 meters above sea level in a strategic position on the city, almost as if to protect the vast area that stretches to the Gulf of Angels. Not by chance, this was exactly the function the castle […]

Castles of Sardinia: the silent guardians of the island

Castles of Sardinia: the silent guardians of the island

Each of them has its roots in the past centuries, steeped in family struggles, power games and stories of conquest. The castles of Sardinia are several, scattered from north to south of the island. 1. Castle of San Michele (Cagliari) Located on the hill of San Michele, it is now perfectly restored and hosts exhibitions, […]

S’Ardia of Sedilo: a wild race in honor of San Costantino

S’Ardia of Sedilo: a wild race in honor of San Costantino

If you think that traditional devotion to a saint in Sardinia is all about processions, flowers, and songs, we invite you to discover S’Ardia of Sedilo, a wild and dangerous horse race, in honor of St. Constantine, simply called Santu Antine or Antinu. S’Ardia has been held every year in July since 1806 in Sedilo, […]