The Sardinian Vespers: Sa die de sa Sardinia

The Sardinian Vespers, also known as Sa die de sa Sardinia, are the days in memory of the revolt of the Sardinian people against the rulers of Piedmont. Sardinia in the eighteenth century was dominated by the Piedmont and on this subject. When Piedmont was attacked by France in Sardinia, the Sardinian population showed a regular attachment and devotion to their rulers defending the city of Cagliari from the French siege by all means. (more…)

Carnival in Cagliari 2012: the traditional masks

The Carnival of Cagliari is a tide of ​​sounds, colors, lights and entertainment spreading along the streets of the region capital of Sardinia, in the days between Thursday and Mardi Gras (February 16-21, 2012). And the main protagonists of this cheerful occasion are the traditional masks.

One of these traditional mask is sa panettèra (“the baker”), a muscular and fat matron running the streets and railing against the neighbors, gossiping and screaming of all the tricks. Another one is is tiàulus (“the devils”), spiteful and pestilent devils dancing around the pyre of su Rei Cancioffàli.


The sunken town of Sardinia: the ancient Nora

If you’re wondering what’s the most ancient town in Sardinia, the answer is Nora. The sunken town of Nora. Some kilometers from Cagliari, on the southern coast of the isle, little off from the well known touristic center of Pula, Nora is one extraordinary site of high archeological interest. There it was discovered an ancient town of the Phoenician-punic era. But there’s who uphold the theory of former origins of the settlement. Afterwards, the place was settled by the Romans (III century b.C.) in confirmation of the wonderful and strategic positioning of the ancient town. It was abandoned in the Medieval era due to frequent Arabian pirates raids. A Roman amphitheatre, some temples, thermae and mosaics are visible on the coast, in the archeological area of Nora, but the most of the ancient town is sunken beneath the sea. Such a paradise for archeological diving lovers and, generally, for diving passionate. (more…)