Top Choice Carnival in Mamoiada


Mamoida stages the island's most boisterous Carnevale celebrations. These kick off in mid-January with the Festa di Sant'Antonio Abate, and climax on Shrove Tuesday and the preceding Sunday (February or early March)…
Top Choice Carnival in Mamoiada

Festa di Sant'Antonio Abate

Bonfires rage throughout Mamoiada for two nights starting on 16 January as half-human, half-animal mamuthones parade through the streets – clad in sheepskins and shaking heavy bells – accompanied by white-masked, re…
Carnival in Barbagia

Shrove Tuesday in Ottana

The village of Ottana, near the geographic centre of Sardinia, is home to some of the island's most dramatic carnival celebrations, rivalling those of Mamoiada. Shrove Tuesday festivities here culminate in a parade …
Religious in Nuoro

Sagra del Redentore

The Sagra del Redentore (Feast of Christ the Redeemer), in the last week of August, is Nuoro's main event and one of Sardinia’s most exuberant folkloric festivals, attracting costumed participants from across the is…
Cultural in Oliena

Autunno in Barbagia

From September to December, 27 mountain villages in Barbagia take it in turns to host a weekend of events, from cheese-making workshops to exhibitions and craft demonstrations. Residents open their doors to visitors…
Cultural in Oliena

Settimana Santa

The village is a hive of festive activity during Easter week. The culmination of the weeklong celebrations is the S’Incontru (The Meeting), a boisterous procession on Easter Sunday in which bearers carry a statue of…
Religious in Orgosolo

Festa dell’Assunta

You’ll catch Orgosolo at its best during the Festa dell’Assunta (Feast of the Assumption) on 15 August, when folk from all around the Barbagia converge on the town for one of the region’s most colourful processions.
Food & Drink in Aritzo

Sagra della Carapigna

This two-day mid-August festival celebrates Aritzo's famous carapigna, a tangy lemon sorbet with origins dating back to the early days of commercial ice production in the surrounding mountains.
Religious in Barbagia

Festa dell'Incoronazione della Madonna di Gonare

Horse races, singing and dancing mark this lively religious festival, held every year between 5 and 8 September at the important pilgrimage site of Santuario di Nostra Signora di Gonare, a grey buttressed 17th-centu…
Sports in Ulassai

Ulassai Climbing Festival

Launched in 2017 by a group of international climbers who have permanently relocated to Ulassai, this festival is a big four-day party for climbers and like-minded adventure-sports enthusiasts, with climbing and cyc…