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…
Top Choice Cultural in Inland Oristano Province


On 6 and 7 July Sedilo hosts Oristano’s most exciting festival, S’Ardia, when nearly 50,000 people pack themselves into the tiny village to see Sardinia’s most reckless and dangerous horse race.
Top Choice Carnival in Oristano

Sa Sartiglia

Oristano’s carnival is the most colourful on the island. It is attended by hundreds of costumed participants and involves a medieval joust, horse racing and incredible, acrobatic riding.
Carnival in Bosa


Carnevale kicks off with a burning pyre outside the Chiesa di Sant’Antonio Abate and follows with days of parades, culminating in boisterous celebrations on martedi grasso (Shrove Tuesday).
Religious in Cagliari

Festa di Sant’Efisio

Visitors descend in droves for this saintly celebration in May. On the opening day the effigy of St Ephisius, Cagliari’s patron saint, is taken from the Chiesa di Sant'Efisio and paraded through the streets on a bul…
Religious in Iglesias

Settimana Santa

In the week before Easter, Iglesias celebrates its Spanish roots and traditions in a series of dramatic religious processions. Every night between Holy Tuesday and Good Friday, white-hooded participants bear effigie…
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 Cabras

Festa di San Salvatore

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 spre…
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…