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). Stealing the limelight are the mamuthones, characters decked out in shaggy brown sheepskins and primitive wooden masks.

Anthropologists believe that the mamuthones embodied all the untold horrors that primitive humans feared, and that the ritual parade is an attempt to exorcise these demons before the new spring.