Discover masks and murals
Head inland to the Barbagia and discover the art and culture of the interior of Sardinia. About a two-hour drive north from Cagliari will put you in the fascinating central province of Nuoro. Two points of interest here are the masks of Mamoiada and the murals of Orgosolo. The Museo delle Maschere is where you’ll find examples of the mysterious masked creatures, the mamuthones and issohadores, who perform in the annual festival celebrating Sant’Antonio. The mountain town of Orgosolo is home to more than 100 murals; most have themes of protest and social justice and the styles range from Impressionism to hyper-realism.