We returned today to Cagliari, passing by the port where big cruise ships are docked. We said “arrivederci” to our driver, Massimo, who left us off at the San Benedetto market. He made our time in Sant’Antioco extra pleasant with his warm smiles and caring ways. His Easymove van was comfortable and convenient.
I spent the morning at the beach, while others went shopping in town. We went to a beach in a town called Maladroxia. The beach is apparently packed in summer, but today we had it nearly to ourselves.
This morning we made bread with Rita, the cousin of Valeria, who owns the agriturismo Sa Ruscitta where we are staying.
This morning we visited the medieval town of Tratalias. In the 1950s a dam built near the town caused moisture to seep into its houses. The residents had to move, building a new town not far away. The remaining buildings are now being used by artists for their studios. The town, now bereft of residents, …
Today we drove down a long narrow road into the center of the island to visit a cheese maker, Giulio Basciu.
We started out the day with another procession. This one was hard to miss as it included folklore groups from all around Sardinia.
We started out today with a demonstration of traditional Sardinian dress. Simonetta, who operates a costume museum near Cagliari, brought several outfits to us at the agriturismo Sa Ruscitta. She showed us antique vestments and several newer reproductions, including exquisite embroidery on the collar of a man’s linen shirt.
Today I headed for the cathedral in the castle area of Cagliari. I was wrong in thinking that this historic area was saved from bombing in WWII. Parts of the cathedral were destroyed, but are now restored. The Duomo Museum was closed, as was the crypt beneath the cathedral altar, despite the hordes of tourists …
Barbagia is the mountainous area of central Sardinia. Its remote location has created very special cultural traditions that are still followed today. I made a great choice for a tour guide, Francesco Manca, owner of the tour company, Your Sardinia Experience. On first meeting in the morning, he presented me with a plate of Sardinian …