Shrove Tuesday in Ottana

Carnival in Barbagia

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 of costumed boes (men masked as cattle) herded down the streets by their masters, the merdules (masked men symbolising our prehistoric ancestors).