FEBRUARY 9. 2018 - FEBRUARY 15.2018
The most striking facets of Sardinian Carnival are surely the ancient traditions, the rites that have been rigorously perpetuated for centuries, the elegance of the costumes and the details of typical masks.
Cagliari is the capital of Sardinia and offers everything you could want from a vacation: history and art, seashores and parks, comfort and fine cuisine.
The Carnival of Bosa is the most trasgressive and humrous festival of the year. It begins with "S'Attitidu" where people get dressed in black and walk around crying and asking women for a tip of milk. The second part is called "Giolzi" and everyone gets dressed in white with bed linens and run around the town centre in groups looking for the king of the Carnival, Giolzi infact. The people from Bosa showcase their warmth and generoity and hand out Sardinian pastries and local wines to the crowds.
In Oristano the grand festivities dominate Carnival week and many believed these celebrations have originated with knights during the 2nd Crusade. These celebrations are very flamboyant, highly ritualized and usually a 3-day affair with a strong medieval flavor and a vividly theatrical spirit. The celebrations are packed with horseback jousts and with all the various participants eerily masked and colorfully costumed.
The oldest and richest in Sardinian traditions. There are 2 protagonists and they wear the masks of the Mamuthones and the Issohadores. The Mamuthones wear the famous black wood masks, sheepskins on their body and heavy bells on their back. The Issohadores have a more subtle look and wear red jackets with white trousers. The two perform a mysterious ceremony rooted in far agro-pastoral Sardinian culture and in the rites related to the Dionysian cults.
The land of barbarians. The Barbagia is the heart of Sardinia. This rugged and mountainous region that stretches on the Gennargentu’s sides, between the provinces of Nuoro and Ogliastra, holds a savage and particularly fascinating charm. It's a territory to discover, where customs and traditions, together with the untouched nature, have characterized and differentiated the lives of its people for millennia.