The area of Centre-East Sardinia is known for various features present also in other areas of the island and Italy, but it has many identity elements that deserve to be discovered. Below you will find relevant information, especially to discover the more crossed sites by the most tested routes in cycling. We tasted all tracks and we have narrated everything while we were doing it . We split our narration into each municipality crossed, so simplify your consultation also to smaller region, to retrace our journey and read them in sequence. Municipalities crossed:

  •          Aritzo
  •          Belvì
  •          Desulo
  •          Fonni
  •          Mamoiada
  •          Orgosolo
  •          Orune
  •          Bitti
  •          Onanì
  •          Lula
  •          Siniscola
  •          Caletta di Siniscola
  •          Orosei
  •          Galtellì
  •          Dorgali
  •          Urzulei
  •          Baunei
  •          Santa Maria Navarrese
  •          Lotzorai
  •          Tortolì
  •          Arzana
  •          Lanusei
  •          Gairo &Taquisara
  •          Ussassai
  •          Seui
  •          Sadali

 

ARITZO

Our journey to discover Sardinia, certainly begins in one of the less famous: its mountains. From the heart of Barbagia Belvi, at the foot of the Gennargentu, we begin with the discovery of Aritzo. Its name apparently derives from the presence of numerous natural springs and is known since the early decades of the twentieth century as the village of the snow industry. The snow, collected in crates lined with straw, for ages was sold in the summer months, and so it’s still preserved the tradition of the festival de “Sa Carapigna” with a tasting of the ancient and famous lemon sorbet.

Another thing that strikes us is the presence of forests of hazelnuts and chestnuts. The abundance of this wood it is also evident in its craftsmanship with their famous wedding chests, so-called “cascie”, and cutting boards that follow the traditional techniques of “aritzese” carving. The use of wood has also spread to the balconies of the houses, which stand out with their pink hue from the hard stone walls.

Taking a tour of the village we find a narrow staircase leading to a massive old building of the seventeenth century used, up to the forties of the last century, as a maximum security prison. The building, made of schist stone, mud and chestnut wood, is characterized by an underground pointed arch, of Spanish origin, called "sa bovida" (the vault). The interiors, now completely refurbished, include four rooms that were once used as a monitoring station and as male and female cells. In the courtyard there is an ancient sundial. Inside it develops the installation of a permanent exhibition entitled "Bruxas", dedicated to magic and witchcraft in Sardinia between the fifteenth and seventeenth century. Another part of the exhibition is devoted to the Inquisition and includes a collection of torture instruments used for centuries on thousands of innocent people accused of witchcraft and evil spells.

BELVÌ

Soon after a few bends away from Aritzo we crossed another small village with a strong character mountain: Belvì. The territory is rich in forests of cherry, hazelnut, walnut, chestnut trees, oaks, holm oaks and hollies. In the rocky parts we find juniper, olive and wild pear. In the past, the country was considered one of the most important a trading place, for that reason the entire area of the Barbagia mountains still bears the name of “Barbagia di Belvi”. It is one of the countries of Barbagia which has been less affected by the hegemony of the feudal lords. Until the mid-1700s the country was governed by a representative chosen among householders. Not far from the houses of the town flow the narrow-gauge railway line connecting - with a thousand curves and viaducts - Cagliari to Sorgono. In town we visited a small Museum of Natural Science and Archaeology, which hosts a section of palaeontology, mineralogy and exhibits a collection of insects and animals typical of the Sardinian fauna.

DESULO

Immediately after left behind Belvì we start to climb along the road that will allow us to get to our next stop: Desulo. The vegetation is typically of forest and the air, although the end of the spring, is still brisk. Between a bend and the other we reach the small hamlet of Ausai that is part of the three mountain villages that make up the town of Desulo. The village do not show particularly historic buildings except its matrix nineteenth century and the church of Saint Sebastian, the patron saint of the village. Arriving to the centre of Desulo certainly we cannot miss a stop to taste the typical products: salami, cheese, nougat, wine and bread. Desulo is divided into three districts: Ausai, Ovolaccio and Issiria, which were once three separate villages.

Of great importance is the historical center of Ovolaccio, historic district of Desulo. Here stands the house where the famous poet Antioco Casula, well-known as"Montanaru". In this part of the village stands the Church of the Carmine, the old wash house and the monumental cemetery of Ovolaccio.

FONNI

We reach, after a nice hard ride, the highest village in Sardinia: Fonni. It is known throughout the island as a centre of winter tourism being provided with the major Sardinian ski lift located on the Bruncu Spina and at the slopes of Monte Spada.

In our guide we see that among the things to visit there is the ancient Franciscan church of Our Lady of Martyrs. It is located near the Franciscan monastery of the seventeenth century. It is a magnificent church, even too rich with its baroque style for a small mountain town: definitely it had to represent the symbol of Christianity finally transplanted in this part of Sardinia. The curious name of the statue comes from of the Statue of the Madonna which is said it was built in Rome using a mixture obtained by crushing the bones and relics of martyrs. The most striking part of the church is its crypt, known as the Sanctuary, where you can admire, in the walls and on the ceiling, the frescoes that show you step by step the entire work of Christianization of Sardinia. Fonni leaves spellbound with its murals. The Path of Murals winds through the streets with representations of daily life, religious processions and landscapes typical of this place.

After a few km away from the village, taking the direction for our next stop, we find the directions to the tomb of the giants of Bidistili or Durane. It is located just before the bridge on the Taloro river: the tomb is located on the left of the road. This tomb of the giants is a fine example of Nuragical architecture. It's a building made of fine well cut stone in regularly rows and well juxtaposed. Compared to other tombs of the giants already visits in the past, this has not a grave stele, but instead has a semi-circular inside where there is a small bethel, object of ritual offerings. The burial chamber is small, rectangular, consisting of big slabs of stone and the floor consist of large pebbles.

MAMOIADA

We reach Mamoiada, in the heart of Barbagia, a few kilometers from the mountains of Gennargentu and Supramonte of Orgosolo. Along the way we passed next to numerous natural springs, small streams, many pastures and many vineyards.

Arriving in town we decided to go immediately in search of menhir Sa Perda Pintà (i.e. the painted stone, also known as Stele Boeli) located in a private courtyard on the outskirts of the village. The outstanding decorations engraved on the surface were made during the so-called "Culture of Ozieri" between 3200 and 1800 BC. We decide on the advice of other tourists to go to see at least one of the many Domus de Janas (about 56), that in popular culture were the ancient fairy houses but which are actually tombs finely carved into the rock.

We had a fascinating visit of the Museum of Mediterranean Masks which offers a display of masks and costumes of traditional local carnival. In particular, the museum primarily focuses its attention on forms of masking, where a wide variety of combinations, especially with the frequent use of facial wooden masks, zoomorphic and grotesque, skins of sheep and mutton, cowbells and in general devices acts to produce a deafening sound. The community of shepherds and farmers recognize to these masks the power to influence the outcome of the agricultural; why, despite their frightening appearance, the population eagerly awaited opportunity to fraternize by offering food and beverages. A sequence of images, texts and sounds accompanied by a special musical score, introduces visitors to the Carnival and the people of Mamoiada and, at the same time, gives an account of the different interpretations advanced over the years over the origin and meaning of the Mamuthones.

ORGOSOLO

Continuing our discovery of the Sardinian mountain, we reach another village in the heart of Barbagia: Orgosolo. Surely his name was heard at least once for its vicissitudes related to banditry, also made known by director Vittorio De Seta, in his film "Bandits in Orgosolo", describing the struggle of farmers and shepherds to defend the land against expropriation by the state. Characteristic of the village are the murals painted on the facades of houses and on the rocks around the country, with social, artistic and political content. At present there are over 200 murals which are now part and parcel of the image of the country, attracting thousands of Italian and foreign tourists. It is said that all started in 1969 when Orgosolo was protagonist of popular mobilization Pratobello to prevent the installation of a military shooting range a few kilometers from the town. And from that time they were painted with scenes of everyday life and recall the political / social aspects. We see scenes of shepherds who lead the flock to pasture, women busy washing clothes or fetch water at the source. Within the country after we stop at the small house museum of the young martyr Antonia Mesina.

Definitely one of the Must of this stop was the lunch with the shepherds. Booked a few days before, we met Mario, one of the shepherds who accompanied us a few kilometers away from the town to eat in the shade of the cork trees, the traditional "Proceddu"! The convivial atmosphere and good food, made it as one of the most impressive moment so far lived in Sardinia. Fresh pecorino cheese, salted ricotta cheese, served on hot orgolose spianata used as a plate, and then sausage, bacon, till the famous suckling roasted pig and the boiled lamb with potatoes ... all with accompanied with the delicious red wine ... the famous Cannonau! At the end of the lunch the shepherds entertained us with a shot of "filu and ferru" (liquor) and with some notes of the traditional singing of Tenores.

OLIENA

Left behind us Orgosolo and we venture into the path to Oliena, on the slopes of Mount Corrasi. It is recognizable by the whitest limestone peaks that encouraged the epithet of "Dolomiti Sarde". On these rural and inaccessible places, until a few years ago it was said the majestic griffins glided, and fallow deer and Sardinian deer to grazed. Today you can still see the eagles flying high in the sky, and the numerous herds of mouflons.

The country is quite big and we notice the small workshops that made Oliena famous for its handicrafts, especially for its carved wooden chests used for storing the carasau bread. In the guide we read that the country is renowned throughout the island and is well-known throughout the world for the top quality of the Nepente wine: the Cannonau wine that is produced in the local cellars and praised by the poet Gabriele D'Annunzio, so as the bottles report quote on the label. So to end the day we decide to dine drinking a nice bottle of Nepente!

The next day we decide to rest and we made a nice hiking at the foot of Supramonte where there is the spectacular karst spring of Su Gologone, the most important in Italy and now a national monument.

ORUNE

From Oliena to Orune the journey was particularly stunning, unspoilt scenery and with gorgeous views. Continuous bends gave us the opportunity to admire the skyline far away on the horizon, surrounded by rich and generous vegetation: oaks, cork.

We reached Orune which is situated in an area shielded by the mountain peaks of Cuccumache, Cuccureteti and Sant'Andria that overlook the valley Marreri. The surrounding area of the village, alternating with granite plateaus and deep valleys, is occupied by lush forests of oak and cork oak and some springs.

From the village you can admire the view of the valley and pastures and the village is characterized by houses with the typical roof terrace. In the village stands the elegant home Murgia, a nobleman's manor of the early twentieth century. Of particular interest are the small churches, particularly Santa Maria Della Neve completely painted.

BITTI

Sharp bends and long straight roads drive us towards Bitti, where the vegetation is slightly sparse. This pastoral village is included in several guidebooks for his recent notoriety brought by the musical group '' Tenores de Bitti '' whose interpretation of traditional polyphonic singing has admirers across Europe.

Stopping and listening to the speech in these places is really fascinating, the dialect here is strongly reminiscent of Latin footprint. We decide to do a small tour around the country to find some attractions. We visit the nineteenth century Church of St. George the Martyr at Piazza Giorgio Asproni, where in the priest's house there is a small collection of archaeological finds.

ONANÌ

The small village of Onanì, also celebrated by the Sardinian writer Grazia Deledda, is halfway between Bitti and Lula, in a hilly area covered by Mediterranean scrub and oak woods. Along our ride we try to see in the sky the golden eagle that nests right here where they lie the “salti di Mamone”. The countryside, thanks to the course of the Riu Mannu, shows green pastures where grow thistles.

In the surroundings of the country we find the nuraghe Santu Pedru, partially in ruins, proving the antiquity of this mountain village. We make a short visit to the country church of St. Peter, dating from the late eleventh century, characterized by the stone facade: granite for the facade and shale used for the roof. The simple Romanesque façade, with very few decorations, has a small bell gable with an cross shaped opening  which is also repeated in the back above the apse.

Along the town, you can admire the beautiful murals created by the painter Pietro Asproni and some students of the Academy of Brera depicting daily life and of the highlights of the history of the country.

We relaxed a little bit eating the delicious pecorino cheese with Carasau bread and immediately after we continued our ride to Lula.

LULA

Our journey continues towards the slopes of the western chain of limestone Mont'Albo, surrounded by untouched environment. The town of Lula is surrounded by dense vegetation of natural forests of oak, but also junipers, yew, arbutus and mastic trees, among whom a few hundred specimens of mouflon, wild boars, foxes, martens, hares live and few pairs of golden eagles Sardinian nest.

Lula was rich in mines and today can still be visited on advance booking the visit of the mine of Sos Enattos. They are ancient mines of silver and galena. It’s spellbound the beauty of the landscape surrounding the mine with the view of Mount Albo, which was declared a site of community interest. In the immediate vicinity, as a symbol of an important artistic and cultural heritage of the area, we find the Church of San Francesco. The beautiful rural church, has always been so important to the miners and their families that dedicated the church to St. Francis of Assisi, and the sacred building is known by epithet of St. Francis of Lula. According to legend, the first church was built in 1600 by bandits from Nuoro which they deemed to be protected by the Saint. The current church was built in 1795 and houses a wooden statue of the saint.

Originally the galena and argentiferous minerals were transported by ox-carts to the beach of Saint Lucia, near Siniscola, where were then loaded on ships at anchor in the harbour. To facilitate the transport was built a road of 36 km to reach the sea, because there were no other viable ways. Exactly the road we ran to reach the Caletta.

SINISCOLA

Along the slopes of Mount Albo, characterized by the all-white limestone cliffs, we arrive to Siniscola, situated in the northern foothills of the mountain range. The town seems built around the eighteenth century parish church, which preserves frescos and wooden statues by local artists. In the old town you can admire numerous nineteenth century buildings of notable artistic importance.

Surely his position has favoured in ancient times its foundation: just off the country runs the Rio Siniscola and in the surrounding valleys the Cedrino and Posada flow; this has supported to de facto a sort of river civilization, justifying the numerous nuraghi and tombs of giants reported in the surrounding countryside.

Arriving in the centre it soon becomes clear that the importance of Siniscola is linked to its beautiful sandy beaches that we decide to visit just after a shopping moment. A long straight road runs from the old town of Siniscola to the Caletta with its small marina.

CALETTA DI SINISCOLA

After a long straight road we arrive to La Caletta and we immediately notice that retains charm 60s and 70s where there is an obvious desire to preserve its pristine nature. In fact instead of large hotel complexes, Spa and swimming pools, we found so many small bar on the seashore. So we decide to end our day listening to music in small bars on the beach of Saint Lucia, with a nice glass of chilled Vermentino and a lot of carasau bread with salami and cheese ... it became our Sardinian aperitif!

The day after we started exploring the beautiful coastline and its pristine beaches. The first beach we visited was Capo Comino with thin and clear sand and some rocks on the shore. Arriving we passed along the lagoon areas: Salina Manna and Salinedda. It is stunning the beauty of birds and in particular the pink flamingos. The waters of Cape Comino are extremely transparent and pair elegantly with green vegetation around the beach and the Island Ruja, red rock, which many swimmers reached by swimming or walking. After a short photo break and a brief walk we took the east road and we dive into breathtaking views dominated by shades of blue and emerald.

OROSEI

Along the Sardinian eastern road we reach Cala Liberotto, another little piece of paradise, between the pond of Sos Alinos with reeds and agaves. The sea waters are crystal clear and prickly pears and dwarf palms surround the beach. The windy day, also attracted some surfer. We read in our guidebook that the area is also renowned for its lively nightlife, but we cannot stop and we continue our ride along the eastern coast of Sardinia.

Passing the river Cedrino, through a small stone bridge, we took direction towards the center of Orosei. Orosei is known for its beautiful beaches but it also has a fascinating historic centre, very well preserved. It develops around the squares “Piazza del Popolo”, “Piazza delle Anime” and “Piazza Sant’Antonio”, with numerous civic and religious buildings.

In the surrounding area we notice the signs to different archaeological sites including the Domus de Janas, nuraghi, the nuragic villages and the remains of small Roman settlements.

The territory, almost flat, gently rises from hilly to mountainous aspect immediately off from the centre of Orosei. We coast along the river Cedrino and hilly slopes above it are rich in lush vegetation.

GALTELLÌ

We begin to gain altitude taking direction to Galtellì. On a spectacular limestone plateau lies the medieval village at the foot of Mount Tuttavista. In the old town you can admire the Romanesque church of St. Peter, dating from the twelfth century that preserves Romanesque frescoes. Inside we find that there is a cycle of paintings depicting scenes from the Old Testament: in the inner facade is recognizable “The Last Judgement”. The ancient manor house “Domo de Marras” is an interesting architectural feature that it is used as Ethnographic Museum with a presentation of the life and agro pastoral culture.

Outside the village we saw ruins of an ancient castle, now surrounded by greenery. Few traces are still visible: the masonry, part of the castle, the remains of a corner tower and some underground tanks.

The country of Galtellì is part of the “Parco Letterario Deleddiano” and many of its houses, streets and churches celebrate the readings of the novels of Grazia Deledda.

DORGALI

After a pleasant journey through the valleys of the river Cedrino, we reach the great basin of the Cedrino. We stop for a beautiful photo: on both sides of the road you will enjoy the view of the lake dominated by the slopes of Supramonte. In this beautiful and extraordinary natural heritage we move towards Dorgali. It develops on a rocky spur that descends from the mountain Bardia. In the historic district we encountered old houses built with dark volcanic rock. There are many churches up this area, among them “San Lussorio”, “La Madonna d’Itria” and the “Maddalena”. In the central square “Vittorio Emanuele” visit the parish of “St.Caterina”, where inside we find a large carved wooden altar.

We decide not to reach Cala Gonone, although in many guides is inserted as a port to sail for one of the most beautiful beaches in the world: Cala Luna.

URZULEI

From Dorgali we continue our discovery in the heart of Ogliastra. Running along the eastern road we arrive between two great mountains: the Supramonte of Urzulei and the Supramonte of Baunei. Reaching the foot of Mount Gruttas, we come to Urzulei where we stop for a snack and relax for a while.

During the fifth century A.D. the early Christian evangelizers arrived to Urzulei and the advent of the Greek church left traces especially with byzantine domination who spread the devotion of Eastern saints. There are many churches that you can visit in the small centre including: the parish church of Urzulei, St John the Baptist, St. George Bishop, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Basil the Great and the Church of the Angel. It is advised to visit the outskirts of the village where you it can be admired the famous "Giunturas". Not far from the village, there is an important medieval village of Mannorri. Well-known is the Supramonte of Urzulei with its source Sa Rutta 'and s'Edera, the Domini cave and the important Gorropu gorge visited each year by numerous cavers.         

BAUNEI

Completely immersed in the charm of the Supramonte with its impressive limestone ramparts we reached Baunei. Along the way we have been enchanted by the panoramic terraces overlooking broad valleys. The Mediterranean shrubs grow even between the spurs of limestone outcropping. Far away along the horizon line it is visible the twinkle of crystal clear sea.

The town shows the typical mountain features with a rocky wall that dominate it. In the charming, steep old town stands the parish church dedicated to St. Nicholas of Bari with purely from eighteenth century character. After a short walk we continue to reach the most famous part of Baunei: his hamlet of Santa Maria Navarrese.

SANTA MARIA NAVARRESE

Long road besides being spellbound by the scents and views, we crossed small fountains perfect for brief stops for breath but also to smell the scent of the maquis. From the road, from time to time, we see the colours of the crystalline sea that looks even more brilliant by the gorgeous contrast with the white limestone rocks and lush green vegetation. Just arriving in Santa Maria Navarrese we realize that is a pearl set in a green valley full of olive, fig, olive and carob trees and Mediterranean scrubs.

The name of the village comes from the church built by the Princess of Navarra, that she probably expelled or fled for a sin of love or court intrigues. She wanted to thank the Virgin for having escaped from a shipwreck near the dangerous "Monti Insani" now Monte Santo. His story remains still mysterious, between the imprecise history of the Middle Ages and the legend. This pretty little church is located between the lush vegetation and the blue seaside. A simple church built in stone and brick with two slopes covered with tiles and supported by eight trusses of juniper. Next to the church stands a millennial olive tree of over ten meters high.

We set off for a nice break on the beach, which is easily accessible since it is located in the centre of village, next to the Spanish lookout tower that guards over the beach, hemmed by the typical Mediterranean vegetation. It shows a white sandy bottom with very large and gravel mixed with pebbles.

LOTZORAI

Leaving behind us Santa Maria Navarrese, our discovery of Ogliastra continues to a small street surrounded by fields and small pasture crops. Running away from the coast we move to the inland in order to reach Lotzorai. The village lies between two rivers, the Pramaera and the Rio Girasole, at the centre of a natural amphitheatre formed by the massif of Mount Oro. The village has the typical structure of the rural economy countries. You can admire large houses with large courtyards, narrow streets of the historic centre repeatedly intertwine and offer a very picturesque setting. The village is so small that we decided to continue without a real break. Not far from Loztorai we crossed another small village: Girasole, which lies along the banks of the pond of Tortolì.

TORTOLÌ

We continue our ride long a relatively flat territory till to Tortolì, that juts out into the sea. In the centre of town there is the former Cathedral of Tortolì, the church of Sant'Andrea, dating from the early seventeenth century, in Baroque style. The interior of the church is particularly interesting, consisting of three aisles where we admire numerous works of art and a big marble altar. We decide to take a break a bit longer than expected because we were determined to see the famous Red Rocks of Arbatax in the port area; the rocks gave the name to a summer music festival dedicated to blues music.

The colour of these rocks give us goose bumps and the scenario is further enhanced by the Spanish Tower and the Tower of San Gemiliano built in the sixteenth century by the Spanish, erected against to the frequent pirate attacks. We regret to take again the bicycles, we would have liked to see this piece of paradise with a beautiful background music of a pleasant concert blues.

ARZANA

We slowly begin to leave the gentle flat area to gain altitude, firstly with the low hills till to reach again the slopes of Supramonte. So we reached the heart of Ogliastra: Arzana, at the foot of Mount Idolo, between lush forests and crystal-clear springs, below the highest peaks of the island.

Arzana overlooks the South side of Gennargentu and the seaside. The day is clear and allows us to see very far away Sardinian regions. Arzana boasts the highest peak of the island (1834 m): Punta La Marmora.

Arriving in Arzana we notice that along the streets there are many old people and so we decided to have coffee for a chat with the locals and we discover that this country has entered in the limelight in Sardinia for the longevity of its inhabitants who often live and exceed the century old.

A small overview of the village allows us to discover small murals.

LANUSEI

Leaving Arzana, we continue to cling on the steep bends. The path delight us with amazing views: the long road we see vineyards, olive groves and areas completely left to pasture. Slowly we reach Lanusei, an ancient village which stands across the slopes of Gennargentu Mountains. The city centre is characterized by several nineteenth-century buildings, among which we find the birthplace plate of Goffredo Mameli, Italian composer of the national anthem. The first stop is at the nineteenth century station of the famous Trenino Verde (Green Train). The charm of a former glory is still visible in the small waiting room and in the writes to the inputs of the gates. The rails and exchanges, still functioning, however, are empty. Green train has not arrived yet from Arbatax.

Intrigued by the directions we take the direction to the forest of Selene. What we finally find it really delighted us. We discover a forest of oaks and chestnut trees by a mysterious aura of a fairy world. Here we find that there are the vestige of a nuraghe and two tombs of giants. The environment seems to have retained a mystical charm and the crisp cool air leaves us to imagine the harsh winters that with little bit of fog  wrap up this little piece with a magic atmosphere.

GAIRO & TAQUISARA

Our journey continues along the foothills of mountains, wide bends where you appreciate the forests of oaks, chestnut trees, and some small bush. Along a beautiful area between the mountains and the valley, we reach Gairo, lying on the side of a steep ravine. The present town rose up, following the evacuation of the old town, a few kilometres away and abandoned because of the landslides caused by the great floods between 1951 and 1953. The old country remind an old ghost town, buildings in ruins but which show a forgotten ancient daily life.

We delighted by the beautiful landscapes especially when we cross close to the calcareous turret of Perda Liana, a real natural monument.

Not far away from the urban area we pass next to the nuragic area of Serbissi and a small village characterized by the small station of the Green Train. We notice the signs to the caves of Taquisara, but we don’t have much time to dedicate and so we continue our journey.

USSASSAI

From Taquisara we take easily direction toward Ussassai that stands on the slopes of Mount Arcuerì and overlooking the valley of the Rio San Gerolamo. As we arrive, we immediately notice that the country is divided into a more modern part with newly built houses and a rather characteristic of ancient stone houses.

The rich forests of oak trees, strawberry trees, Mediterranean vegetation, cover only part of the many “Tacchi” (the Heels), impressive limestone outcrops, which reveal the particular wildness of the landscape contributing to preserve the untouched beauty. The country offers us breath-taking viewpoints especially with the walls of the natural bastions heels of Ogliastra, which strangely shaped over the time, often recall to great men of the past, as the outcrop called "Dante" that  evokes the profile of the famous Tuscan poet .

In this scenario we find another stations historic narrow gauge railway Mandas-Arbatax.

SEUI

Almost following the ancient route of the railway Mandas-Arbatax we reach another small mountain village in the Barbagia of Seulo: Seui. The country is characterized by a network of narrow streets which gravitate around the parish of St. Maria Maddalena, surrounded by nineteenth century palaces and houses that follow the canons of local rustic architecture made with schist, with elegant arches, wooden balconies and tile roofs. Inside the church of Santa Maria Maddalena we find a beautiful wooden altar and a baptismal font dating back to the seventeenth century.

We take a walk where we appreciate the architecture of houses made in schist stone and wood, with wrought iron balconies. Particularly beautiful are the wrought iron balconies, the work of local master blacksmiths, which preserve decorative elements that make their beauty unique. Among these building we note the house “Casa Farci” and an Art Nouveau building of the early twentieth century, used as a house-museum. The visit of the former Spanish jail has been quite a journey into the past, where we saw the rooms where for centuries have been consumed dramatic human affairs.

Before leaving, we stop to taste the typical Culurgiones with a nice glass of red wine.

SADALI

After a snack in Seui, we continue our journey to Sadali. The view is dominated by the edge of the "Taccu di Sadali", large limestone plateau surrounded by an area very diverse and complex, with rich woods of holm oak, cork oak.

The town reminds us a picturesque medieval village that develops around the ancient parish of San Valentino. Not far from the church there is a waterfall whose waters end up in an underground abyss called "Sa bucca manna" (the big mouth). It was very impressive during a stroll, through the narrow streets, discover and get next to the cool and rhythmic waterfall, a rarity in a town.

We visited the old water mill dating from the seventeenth century, built of wood and iron, where we discovered the tools of work which in the past supported the daily activities of locals.