Inside Sardinia: The People of Cortes Apertas at Oliena

From early September to the beginning of December small towns throughout the Barbagia region of Sardinia open their doors for tourists and locals alike. It’s a refreshing time to wander ancient alleys and discover a Sardinia from hundreds of years ago while sampling the local flavours of wine, beer, bread, sweets, suckling pig, wild boar gnocchi and so much more! Here are just a few of the warm, generous people we met during our adventure to Oliena for Cortes Apertas – Autunno in Barbagia 2016.


It is here at the foot of the Supramonte mountain where you can immerse yourself in a world of historical flavours, ancient traditions, and spectacular panoramic views of neighbouring towns and mountain ranges so vast, wild and spectacular that it leaves your mind and soul spinning.

A huge thank-you to the people of Oliena, who put on a spectacular event, who opened their hearts, homes and traditions to the world and who collectively put a smile on thousands of people’s faces, including mine. The memories will last a lifetime. Grazie mille.

Have you gone to any Cortes Apertas – Autunno in Barbagia? Tell me about it in the comments below.

About Jennifer Avventura

Canadian Freelance writer living in Sardinia, Italy. A serial expat who has lived in Australia, England and Cayman Islands. She eats Nutella with a spoon and hides under the bed during lightning storms. When she's not out running 6k you will find her sitting at the computer - writing her novel and searching for worldwide waitress work.
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10 Responses to Inside Sardinia: The People of Cortes Apertas at Oliena

  1. Paul says:

    After summer, Fall in Sardinia is a must see and experience…..

  2. Fabio says:

    Where can we find all the pictures taken during Cortes Apertas in Oliena?

  3. colonialist says:

    As always, you make readers eager to visit that remarkable country.

  4. Sharon says:

    Great photos Jennifer. What can you tell me about the mural in the middle of the woman holding a rifle?

    • The mural is by Luigi Columbu of Oliena, Sardinia. It’s related to Easter events around the city where the Virgin Mary and Christ Risen statues are carried throughout town. Two shots are fired off to represent both Mary and Christ.

  5. Meravigliosa Sardegna!!

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