Back Experience Authentic Barbagia

Language English, Italian, Polish
Price 110 EUR for tour
Capacity Group of up to 5 people
Duration 9 hours

On this tour, explore Sardinian culture, traditions, art, people, food and wine. You will get to experience Cannonau wine, Mamuthones performances, local artisan and artist workshops, and a town covered with amazing murals. It will be a wonderful day of explorations during which you will discover a piece of authentic Barbagia, its story, its people and its flavours.

Mamoiada orgosolo

We will begin our Barbagia tour by visiting the unique Museum of Mediterranean Masks in Mamoiada, home to the traditional folkloristic figure of the Mamuthones and the Issohadores which are mysterious masked characters whose origins date back to pre-Christian pagan rituals. Today, Mamuthones are artistically enacted by collectives of performers wearing monstrous character masks with black painted faces and thick animal furs, and carrying heavy cattle bells hanging from their bodies, mainly for the Carnival, but also, year round at several folkloristic local events.

In Mamoiada, we will visit a traditional Mamuthone craftshop where local artists create mystic black masks for the Mamuthones characters, and we’ll meet the historic president of one of the famous local groups of Mamuthones. We will then walk to the small local cheese shop Badu Orgolesu to taste some delicious local Sardinian cheese, which you can buy directly from the producers, if interested.

Right after the cheese tasting, we will visit a small local vineyard with its own nuraghe, where we will enjoy Cannonau wine tasting while having a delicious lunch in a vineyard terrace, meeting the owner Luca who will tell us the story and the secret of his family’s centuries old wine making tradition.

Then, we will proceed to Orgosolo, heart of wild Barbagia and famous from bandits and murals, where we’ll discover the history of its famous murals by visiting local artists' studios and getting to know the creators of the beautiful murals. We will meet Teresa, who will be our guide for a walk through the city, while telling us the story of the murals’ tradition and guiding us to the best artwork featured on Orgosolo’s walls.

During our Orgosolo walk, we will also meet Nicolò Giuseppe Rubanu, founder of the Rubanu Group of Tenor Singers, and author of many books and poems. The tenors from Orgosolo become famous for their opera lyrics about contemporary political issues, and were also the first tenors group in Sardinia who mixed traditional opera singing with jazz music, while working with with established jazz musicians such as Marcello Melis, Enrico Rava, Rosweld Rudd and Don Moye.

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