Festa di San Salvatore

Religious in Cabras

To mark the Festa di San Salvatore on the first weekend in September, hundreds of young men participate in the Corsa degli Scalzi, a traditional barefoot dash between Cabras and San Salvatore. The run, which is spread over two days, commemorates an episode in 1506, when townspeople rushed to San Salvatore to save a statue of the Holy Saviour from Moorish sea raiders.

Events kick off on the Saturday when the runners, all barefoot and clad in white, accompany the statue along 8km of dusty paths to San Salvatore. But this is only the halfway point, and the next day they retrace their steps and haul the statue back to Cabras for safekeeping at the Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta.