Inside Sardinia: Cortes Apertas at Onanì

Inside Sardinia: Cortes Apertas at Onanì

Cortes Apertas is an open house, held yearly in several towns and cities in the deep, vast tremendous centre of SardiniaBarbagia. It is a colourful festival run by the locals of each town; they open their doors to the wonders of their beautiful, simple life, far away from wi-fi and reality tv. They show you how to make long pasta and pasta with your thumb and they ask if you’d like to take part, to try the ancient traditions that have been hidden away and kept secret for so many decades, all the while filling your cup with homemade wine, liqueur, and beer.  Continue reading

Inside Sardinia: The People of Cortes Apertas at Oliena

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.

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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.

Snapshot: Imported Antique Cameras

Camera photography by Jennifer Avventura My Sardinian Life

Sharing a simple photo from Tonara, Sardinia.

Video: Mamuthones at Tappas in Mamujada

Video: Mamuthones at Tappas in Mamujada

A short video of the Mamuthones from Mamoiada at the Tappas in Mamujada. My video taking skills aren’t the best and I wasn’t in the best place to capture the Issohadores. Here’s a little sneak peek into the mysterious Mamuthones.

Have you seen the ritual dance from the Mamuthones?

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A dated door from Tonara, Sardinia

A dated door from Tonara, Sardinia

There are things known and things unknown and in between are the doors.”  Jim Morrison

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One of my favourite pastimes is photographing old doors. Did I manage to capture the spirit of this ancient passageway?

Travel Theme: The Brown Sardinian Hazelnut

Travel Theme: The Brown Sardinian Hazelnut

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The hazelnut is just one of the many natural resources that flourish on the farms of Barbagia, in the heart of Sardinia. Every fall, locals busy themselves with the cultivation of the hazel tree, later turning their hazelnuts into delicious honey and creams. There are even entire festivals dedicated to the nuts of Sardinia!

This is my response to the weekly travel theme: brown.

Do you like the colour brown? I detest it but I love hazelnuts.

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Inside the heart of Sardinia – Toneri, Tonara

Tonara by Jennifer Avventura My Sardinian LifeI caught the bus early Saturday morning to meet up with a friend in Sassari. We filled the car with an expensive tank of gas and headed south down SS131 towards the elusive province of Barbagia in the heart of Sardinia. We headed to an ‘open-house’ in the ancient neighbourhood of Toneri, Tonara in the province of Nuoro.

It is here, in the heart of Sardinia, where you can immerse yourself in a world of historical flavours, ancient traditions, narrow alleyways and spectacular views from the surrounding mountains. It’s also here where they make the world-famous torrone but I’m saving that juicy, delicious bit for another post.

Welcome to Autunno in Barbagia

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Buongiorno from Birori, Sardinia

Weekly Photo Challenge: Buongiorno from Birori, Sardinia

Nuraghe Miuddu, Birori, Sardegna

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Good morning from the heart of Sardinia.

This is my response to the weekly photo challenge: good morning

 

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