Ancient Places

We leave the mountains and the beaches to discover something different, the heart of Sardinian traditions  is  revealed  to  visitors to make their  journey  rich in  new experiences.

Oliena, in the heart of the Barbagia region, is 400 metres above sea level and is dominated by the Mount Corrasi peaks.  We’ll visit an ancient wood-oven in Sardinia, one of the few, where “pane carasau” bread is baked in the traditional way. The making of “pane carasau” has always been a women’s task.  “Cochere su pane”, in the Sardinian language. It is more than a daily duty, it’s a social occasion. Women are joined by family and friends who share this moment with them and help them keep this centuries-old tradition alive. Afterwards we’ll visit a small winery, whose products are designed for discerning customers rather than for the mass market.  You’ll have a chance to taste excellent wines obtained from Sardinian grapes, such as “Cannonau”, called  “Nepente” in this area, which is the most important wine in Sardinia.

After the visit to a typical wine shop,  we’ll leave Oliena to reach another town with a  very unique character, Orgosolo, nestled  in the heart of the Supramonte region and  famous  for its street murals,  called  ”Murales” in the Sardinian language. Orgosolo, the home-town of many bandits in the past,  has a history of anarchy and revenge which has now been replaced by the  warmth and hospitable character of its people. The Murales, painted on the walls of the houses, tell us  stories of protest and civil   resistance, of women fighting for their rights,  of a soldier who doesn’t want  to fight anymore, of  the song-writer and singer Fabrizio De André with his guitar,  of the “The Pratobello events” when, in 1969, after ten days of protest, the inhabitants of  Orgosolo resisted  the army and the project of building a military base on  a plateau near the town, of John Lennon and his music, of  bandits with rifles and many other stories  of oppressed people such as  the American natives. The Mulares tell us not only  the story of this community but also the story of other difficult situations. The tradition of painting Orgosolo’s walls started in the late sixties. It was a way of expressing  freedom and to support the protest movements that were spreading all over the world.

Since then, the tradition of telling stories by images has never stopped. The Murales are the main record of the story of Orgosolo, an important cultural heritage and now also  an economic asset being the most important tourist attraction in  the town.