The carnival in Sardinia has a different meaning than the carefree modern carnivals. The Sardinian celebrations in fact have origins much older than Christian ones. The Sartiglia of Oristano is in fact linked to propitiation rites. It is a spectacular equestrian carousel very important for all the people of Sardinia.With this tour you are going to have a chance to assist to the celebration and to the famous race to the star: the moment when the knights riding their horses try to pick up the star. You are going to be picked up from your hotel, accompanied to Oristano and you are going to sit in front of the race while the professional guide will tell you everything about the tradition of Sartiglia.
After we will leave Cagliari, we'll drive straight to Oristano to watch the famous celebration of the Sartiglia. Arrived in Oristano, we will follow the dressing of the judge Eleonora D'Arborea who, riding her horse, will open the parade with the knights in medieval costume.After that, we will walk throught the streets of Oristano, where you are going to have the chance to buy and taste typical Sardinian food and the Vernaccia, the typical wine of Oristano. At 1pm will start the race, with Su Compoidori, king of the carousel, where riders and horses, accompanied by drums and trumpets, they gallop in an attempt to put their thin sword inside the star hanging in front of them. The more stars the knights will take, the more chances there will be for the spring crop to be abundant. After the race to the star, in the afternoon, we will move to another road, where we will assist to the spectacular "pariglias", in which the riders, in groups of three, will perform acrobatics on their horses at a gallop.At the end of the celebrations, we will drive back to Cagliari.