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Sardinia Information
Location of Sardinia
Area: 24,090 km²
Population: 1.6 million
Density: 69/km²
Capital: Cagliari

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Provinces
Comunes
  • Cagliari
    • Armungia
      Assemini
      Ballao
      Barrali
      Burcei
      Cagliari
      Capoterra
      Castiadas
      Decimomannu
      Decimoputzu
      Dolianova
      Domus De Maria
      Donori
      Elmas
      Escalaplano
      Escolca
      Esterzili
      Gergei
      Gesico
      Goni
      Guamaggiore
      Guasila
      Isili
      Mandas
      Maracalagonis
      Monastir
      Monserrato
      Muravera
      Nuragus
      Nurallao
      Nuraminis
      Nurri
      Orroli
      Ortacesus
      Pimentel
      Pula
      Quartu Sant'Elena
      Quartucciu
      Sadali
      Samatzai
      San Basilio
      San Nicolò Gerrei
      San Sperate
      San Vito
      Sant'Andrea Frius
      Sarroch
      Selargius
      Selegas
      Senorbì
      Serdiana
      Serri
      Sestu
      Settimo San Pietro
      Seulo
      Siliqua
      Silius
      Sinnai
      Siurgus Donigala
      Soleminis
      Suelli
      Teulada
      Ussana
      Uta
      Vallermosa
      Villa San Pietro
      Villanova Tulo
      Villaputzu
      Villasalto
      Villasimius
      Villasor
      Villaspeciosa

  • Carbonia-Iglesias
    • Buggerru
      Calasetta
      Carbonia
      Carloforte
      Domusnovas
      Fluminimaggiore
      Giba
      Gonnesa
      Iglesias
      Masainas
      Musei
      Narcao
      Nuxis
      Perdaxius
      Piscinas
      Portoscuso
      San Giovanni Suergiu
      Santadi
      Sant'Anna Arresi
      Sant'Antioco
      Tratalias
      Villamassargia
      Villaperuccio

  • Medio Campidano
    • Arbus
      Barumini
      Collinas
      Furtei
      Genuri
      Gesturi
      Gonnosfanadiga
      Guspini
      Las Plassas
      Lunamatrona
      Pabillonis
      Pauli Arbarei
      Samassi
      San Gavino Monreale
      Sanluri
      Sardara
      Segariu
      Serramanna
      Serrenti
      Setzu
      Siddi
      Tuili
      Turri
      Ussaramanna
      Villacidro
      Villamar
      Villanovaforru
      Villanovafranca

  • Nuoro
    • Aritzo
      Atzara
      Austis
      Belvì
      Birori
      Bitti
      Bolotana
      Borore
      Bortigali
      Desulo
      Dorgali
      Dualchi
      Fonni
      Gadoni
      Galtellì
      Gavoi
      Irgoli
      Lei
      Loculi
      Lodè
      Lodine
      Lula
      Macomer
      Mamoiada
      Meana Sardo
      Noragugume
      Nuoro
      Oliena
      Ollolai
      Olzai
      Onanì
      Onifai
      Oniferi
      Orani
      Orgosolo
      Orosei
      Orotelli
      Ortueri
      Orune
      Osidda
      Ottana
      Ovodda
      Posada
      Sarule
      Silanus
      Sindia
      Siniscola
      Sorgono
      Teti
      Tiana
      Tonara
      Torpè

  • Ogliastra
    • Arzana
      Bari Sardo
      Baunei
      Cardedu
      Elini
      Gairo
      Girasole
      Ilbono
      Jerzu
      Lanusei
      Loceri
      Lotzorai
      Osini
      Perdasdefogu
      Seui
      Talana
      Tertenia
      Tortolì
      Triei
      Ulassai
      Urzulei
      Ussassai
      Villagrande Strisaili

  • Olbia-Tempio
    • Aggius
      Aglientu
      Alà dei Sardi
      Arzachena
      Badesi
      Berchidda
      Bortigiadas
      Buddusò
      Budoni
      Calangianus
      Golfo Aranci
      La Maddalena
      Loiri Porto San Paolo
      Luogosanto
      Luras
      Monti
      Olbia
      Oschiri
      Padru
      Palau
      San Teodoro
      Santa Teresa Gallura
      Sant'Antonio di Gallura
      Telti
      Tempio Pausania
      Trinità d'Agultu e Vignola

  • Oristano
    • Abbasanta
      Aidomaggiore
      Albagiara
      Ales
      Allai
      Arborea
      Ardauli
      Assolo
      Asuni
      Baradili
      Baratili San Pietro
      Baressa
      Bauladu
      Bidonì
      Bonarcado
      Boroneddu
      Bosa
      Busachi
      Cabras
      Cuglieri
      Curcuris
      Flussio
      Fordongianus
      Genoni
      Ghilarza
      Gonnoscodina
      Gonnosnò
      Gonnostramatza
      Laconi
      Magomadas
      Marrubiu
      Masullas
      Milis
      Modolo
      Mogorella
      Mogoro
      Montresta
      Morgongiori
      Narbolia
      Neoneli
      Norbello
      Nughedu Santa Vittoria
      Nurachi
      Nureci
      Ollastra
      Oristano
      Palmas Arborea
      Pau
      Paulilatino
      Pompu
      Riola Sardo
      Ruinas
      Sagama
      Samugheo
      San Nicolò d'Arcidano
      San Vero Milis
      Santa Giusta
      Santu Lussurgiu
      Scano di Montiferro
      Sedilo
      Seneghe
      Senis
      Sennariolo
      Siamaggiore
      Siamanna
      Siapiccia
      Simala
      Simaxis
      Sini
      Siris
      Soddì
      Solarussa
      Sorradile
      Suni
      Tadasuni
      Terralba
      Tinnura
      Tramatza
      Tresnuraghes
      Ulà Tirso
      Uras
      Usellus
      Villa Sant'Antonio
      Villa Verde
      Villanova Truschedu
      Villaurbana
      Zeddiani
      Zerfaliu

  • Sassari
    • Alghero
      Anela
      Ardara
      Banari
      Benetutti
      Bessude
      Bonnanaro
      Bono
      Bonorva
      Borutta
      Bottidda
      Bultei
      Bulzi
      Burgos
      Cargeghe
      Castelsardo
      Cheremule
      Chiaramonti
      Codrongianos
      Cossoine
      Erula
      Esporlatu
      Florinas
      Giave
      Illorai
      Ittireddu
      Ittiri
      Laerru
      Mara
      Martis
      Monteleone Rocca Doria
      Mores
      Muros
      Nughedu San Nicolò
      Nule
      Nulvi
      Olmedo
      Osilo
      Ossi
      Ozieri
      Padria
      Pattada
      Perfugas
      Ploaghe
      Porto Torres
      Pozzomaggiore
      Putifigari
      Romana
      Santa Maria Coghinas
      Sassari
      Sedini
      Semestene
      Sennori
      Siligo
      Sorso
      Stintino
      Tergu
      Thiesi
      Tissi
      Torralba
      Tula
      Uri
      Usini
      Valledoria
      Viddalba
      Villanova Monteleone

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The Sartiglia
Photo - Archivio Fondazione Sa Sartiglia onlus
The Sartiglia is a spectacular equestrian event that is said to have its origins in the Middle Ages, when the local population was obliged to raise an army of horsemen to defend their territory from the Spanish invaders. Whatever its true origins, the event has taken place in the town of Oristano, on the west coast of Sardinia, every February for 500 years.

Sartiglia
Photo - Archivio Fondazione Sa Sartiglia onlus

During the period of Spanish rule, seven cities in Sardinia were granted Royal Status. These cities were: Cagliari, Sassari, Oristano, Alghero, Iglesias, Castelsardo and Bosa. Among the privileges they enjoyed was that of establishing trade guilds. These once powerful organisations were disbanded in 1864, but continued in a different form, many taking on the responsibility of maintaining the ancient events and traditions of Sardinia.

Two of these guilds maintain the tradition of the Sartiglia in Oristano, the Guild of Farmers and the Guild of Carpenters. On 'Candlemas', February 2nd, the head of each guild appoints a leader for his procession. This leader is called 'Su Componidori'. The guilds hold their events on two different days, the Guild of Farmers on 'Carnival Sunday' (the last Sunday of Carnivale) and the Guild of Carpenters on 'Shrove Tuesday' (Martedi Grasso or Mardi Gras). As with 'Carnivale', the actual dates each year will depend when Easter falls.

Sartiglia
Photo - Archivio Fondazione Sa Sartiglia onlus

A group of local women, dressed in traditional costumes and led by 'Sa Massaia Manna', accompany 'Su Componidori' to a ritualistic dressing ceremony. He is dressed in the colours of his guild, and wears a symbolic mask. The procession then starts with trumpeters and drummers accompanying up to 120 riders, all dressed in traditional costumes and masks, with the bridles and saddles of their horses also brightly decorated. They make their way down to the first part of the event which is a type of jousting competition where riders attempt to run through a target in the shape of a small star, using swords.

Sartiglia
Photo - Archivio Fondazione Sa Sartiglia onlus

These attempts takes place at a full gallop. Apart from 'Su Componidori' and his two companions, other riders are allowed to take part each year at the discretion of 'Su Componidori'. Those riders who successfully retrieve a star are allowed to keep them as a momento.

Sartiglia
Photo - Archivio Fondazione Sa Sartiglia onlus

Once this is over, 'Su Componidori' performs 'Sa Remada', a final gallop down the track that officially closes the joust. The procession then moves on to the 'Pariglie' which is a spectacular show where groups of three expert horsemen perform death-defying, acrobatic displays while galloping down the course.

Sartiglia
Photo - Archivio Fondazione Sa Sartiglia onlus

This event is also rounded off with 'Su Componidori' performing another 'Sa Remada', this time with his two companions, with all three of them galloping down the track at full speed.

Find out more information here: www.sartiglia.info

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Sardinia Information
Location of Sardinia
Area: 24,090 km²
Population: 1.6 million
Density: 69/km²
Capital: Cagliari

Find a hotel in Sardinia
Provinces
Comunes
  • Cagliari
    • Armungia
      Assemini
      Ballao
      Barrali
      Burcei
      Cagliari
      Capoterra
      Castiadas
      Decimomannu
      Decimoputzu
      Dolianova
      Domus De Maria
      Donori
      Elmas
      Escalaplano
      Escolca
      Esterzili
      Gergei
      Gesico
      Goni
      Guamaggiore
      Guasila
      Isili
      Mandas
      Maracalagonis
      Monastir
      Monserrato
      Muravera
      Nuragus
      Nurallao
      Nuraminis
      Nurri
      Orroli
      Ortacesus
      Pimentel
      Pula
      Quartu Sant'Elena
      Quartucciu
      Sadali
      Samatzai
      San Basilio
      San Nicolò Gerrei
      San Sperate
      San Vito
      Sant'Andrea Frius
      Sarroch
      Selargius
      Selegas
      Senorbì
      Serdiana
      Serri
      Sestu
      Settimo San Pietro
      Seulo
      Siliqua
      Silius
      Sinnai
      Siurgus Donigala
      Soleminis
      Suelli
      Teulada
      Ussana
      Uta
      Vallermosa
      Villa San Pietro
      Villanova Tulo
      Villaputzu
      Villasalto
      Villasimius
      Villasor
      Villaspeciosa

  • Carbonia-Iglesias
    • Buggerru
      Calasetta
      Carbonia
      Carloforte
      Domusnovas
      Fluminimaggiore
      Giba
      Gonnesa
      Iglesias
      Masainas
      Musei
      Narcao
      Nuxis
      Perdaxius
      Piscinas
      Portoscuso
      San Giovanni Suergiu
      Santadi
      Sant'Anna Arresi
      Sant'Antioco
      Tratalias
      Villamassargia
      Villaperuccio

  • Medio Campidano
    • Arbus
      Barumini
      Collinas
      Furtei
      Genuri
      Gesturi
      Gonnosfanadiga
      Guspini
      Las Plassas
      Lunamatrona
      Pabillonis
      Pauli Arbarei
      Samassi
      San Gavino Monreale
      Sanluri
      Sardara
      Segariu
      Serramanna
      Serrenti
      Setzu
      Siddi
      Tuili
      Turri
      Ussaramanna
      Villacidro
      Villamar
      Villanovaforru
      Villanovafranca

  • Nuoro
    • Aritzo
      Atzara
      Austis
      Belvì
      Birori
      Bitti
      Bolotana
      Borore
      Bortigali
      Desulo
      Dorgali
      Dualchi
      Fonni
      Gadoni
      Galtellì
      Gavoi
      Irgoli
      Lei
      Loculi
      Lodè
      Lodine
      Lula
      Macomer
      Mamoiada
      Meana Sardo
      Noragugume
      Nuoro
      Oliena
      Ollolai
      Olzai
      Onanì
      Onifai
      Oniferi
      Orani
      Orgosolo
      Orosei
      Orotelli
      Ortueri
      Orune
      Osidda
      Ottana
      Ovodda
      Posada
      Sarule
      Silanus
      Sindia
      Siniscola
      Sorgono
      Teti
      Tiana
      Tonara
      Torpè

  • Ogliastra
    • Arzana
      Bari Sardo
      Baunei
      Cardedu
      Elini
      Gairo
      Girasole
      Ilbono
      Jerzu
      Lanusei
      Loceri
      Lotzorai
      Osini
      Perdasdefogu
      Seui
      Talana
      Tertenia
      Tortolì
      Triei
      Ulassai
      Urzulei
      Ussassai
      Villagrande Strisaili

  • Olbia-Tempio
    • Aggius
      Aglientu
      Alà dei Sardi
      Arzachena
      Badesi
      Berchidda
      Bortigiadas
      Buddusò
      Budoni
      Calangianus
      Golfo Aranci
      La Maddalena
      Loiri Porto San Paolo
      Luogosanto
      Luras
      Monti
      Olbia
      Oschiri
      Padru
      Palau
      San Teodoro
      Santa Teresa Gallura
      Sant'Antonio di Gallura
      Telti
      Tempio Pausania
      Trinità d'Agultu e Vignola

  • Oristano
    • Abbasanta
      Aidomaggiore
      Albagiara
      Ales
      Allai
      Arborea
      Ardauli
      Assolo
      Asuni
      Baradili
      Baratili San Pietro
      Baressa
      Bauladu
      Bidonì
      Bonarcado
      Boroneddu
      Bosa
      Busachi
      Cabras
      Cuglieri
      Curcuris
      Flussio
      Fordongianus
      Genoni
      Ghilarza
      Gonnoscodina
      Gonnosnò
      Gonnostramatza
      Laconi
      Magomadas
      Marrubiu
      Masullas
      Milis
      Modolo
      Mogorella
      Mogoro
      Montresta
      Morgongiori
      Narbolia
      Neoneli
      Norbello
      Nughedu Santa Vittoria
      Nurachi
      Nureci
      Ollastra
      Oristano
      Palmas Arborea
      Pau
      Paulilatino
      Pompu
      Riola Sardo
      Ruinas
      Sagama
      Samugheo
      San Nicolò d'Arcidano
      San Vero Milis
      Santa Giusta
      Santu Lussurgiu
      Scano di Montiferro
      Sedilo
      Seneghe
      Senis
      Sennariolo
      Siamaggiore
      Siamanna
      Siapiccia
      Simala
      Simaxis
      Sini
      Siris
      Soddì
      Solarussa
      Sorradile
      Suni
      Tadasuni
      Terralba
      Tinnura
      Tramatza
      Tresnuraghes
      Ulà Tirso
      Uras
      Usellus
      Villa Sant'Antonio
      Villa Verde
      Villanova Truschedu
      Villaurbana
      Zeddiani
      Zerfaliu

  • Sassari
    • Alghero
      Anela
      Ardara
      Banari
      Benetutti
      Bessude
      Bonnanaro
      Bono
      Bonorva
      Borutta
      Bottidda
      Bultei
      Bulzi
      Burgos
      Cargeghe
      Castelsardo
      Cheremule
      Chiaramonti
      Codrongianos
      Cossoine
      Erula
      Esporlatu
      Florinas
      Giave
      Illorai
      Ittireddu
      Ittiri
      Laerru
      Mara
      Martis
      Monteleone Rocca Doria
      Mores
      Muros
      Nughedu San Nicolò
      Nule
      Nulvi
      Olmedo
      Osilo
      Ossi
      Ozieri
      Padria
      Pattada
      Perfugas
      Ploaghe
      Porto Torres
      Pozzomaggiore
      Putifigari
      Romana
      Santa Maria Coghinas
      Sassari
      Sedini
      Semestene
      Sennori
      Siligo
      Sorso
      Stintino
      Tergu
      Thiesi
      Tissi
      Torralba
      Tula
      Uri
      Usini
      Valledoria
      Viddalba
      Villanova Monteleone

Sardinia Flag
A 'stemma' (pl.stemme) is the Italian word for 'coat of arms'. In Italy, every region, every province within that region and every comune within that province has its own coat of arms.

Order a hand painted tile displaying any 'Stemma' of your choice. See more here
Sardinia Airports
Sardinia National Parks
Archipelago of La Maddalena National Park
Asinara National Park
Gennargentu National Park
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