Samugheo, the gateway to Barbagia. In Sardinia, you can still find small villages able to open up worlds and enchant senses: just think about the Carnival, with its grotesque and mysterious masks, the artisanal traditions which guard a centuries-old heritage of incomparable beauty, or those intense and surprising flavors recalling simple and symbolic staple food.
The village of Samugheo is at the gateway to the Barbagia of Mandrolisai, also known as Brabayanna (literally, door to Barbagia).
A hilly sub-region, 400 meters above sea level, stretching as far as the Barbagia di Belvì and encompassing a colorful and manifold soul where rocky precipices, gorges, and cliffs alternate with the gentleness of cultivated hills.
A community counting some 3000 inhabitants, where one can breathe the pride of identity, the desire to divulge centuries-old craft traditions, and, at the same time, the ambition to embrace foreign artists and artisans to share knowledge and craft.
Tessingiu is the smoking gun: the exhibition of Sardinian handicrafts is the mirror of non-stop artisanal activity projected to the future, which weaves the threads of local creativity with one of artists and artisans scattered throughout the island.
In cooperation with Murats (the Unique Reginal Museum of Sardinian Textile Art), Tessingiu has been a showcase of Samugheo textile tradition, bringing it closer to contemporary artistic avant-garde.
The 6th edition of Tessingiu presents the biennial Fiber Art, or Textile Art, a contemporary art trend that involves the whole universe of textiles and flexible materials in every possible expressive combination. Every artisan is an artist because of their creative and technical ability which let distant words communicate.
The surroundings of Samugheo
Samugheo is the most densely populated town of the Mandrolisai sub-region: its territory extends over 80 km² among oak forests, olive groves, vineyards, and pastures, where agro-pastoral life flows slowly but industriously. Rich in springs and fertile, the surrounding area is bordered to the north by the towns of Busachi and Sorgono, to the south by Asuni, to the east by Laconi, Meana Sardo, and Atzara, and to the west by Allai and Ruinas.
The landscape of Samugheo is a constant surprise: rappelling enthusiasts can put themselves to the test on overhanging gorges, speleology lovers explore inaccessible caves, while walkers can dedicate themselves to trekking in the oak forests or visit the archaeological sites and ruins of the ancient castle of Medusa, a rocky gem dating back to the Byzantine era. From July onwards, many side events, both religious and folkloristic, enliven the long summer days: locals celebrate together with tourists the most significant rituals of tradition.