Ogliastra and Barbagia: free women in a free land

Their stories reflect the destiny of a Sardinia that extends from Gennargentu to the sea. Partly still mysterious, certainly wild, beautiful in its reluctance to make itself known. Which immediately strikes the eye with the expanses of rugged rock. Then the nose, with the unmistakable scent of junipers. And she opens her mind to find inspiration in places where the apparent nothing is in reality a great fullness. Ogliastra and Barbagia, places of land and sea, offer a journey between culture and nature, between spirituality and legend, in an archaic island far from the most fashionable inflation.

Ulassai, Station of the Art

Ulàssai, the power of art

Sometimes a disused station, anchored between the heels of rock outcrops of the hinterland, transforms a village into subtraction, Ulassaiin an open-air gallery. Here was born Maria Lai, who will be able to turn a country at high risk of depopulation into a laboratory of social art. Pioneer of site-specific sculpture, with poor materials and textile textures, she leaves 150 works kept in the Station of the art: three buildings of an old railway station from which, in 2006, he created a museum, together with sculptures in the urban area, such as the Lavatoio and the Casa delle Inquietudini. «I am the oblique line» repeated Maria Lai who in 1981 «tied» Ulàssai with a 27 km long denim ribbon in the collective experience «Binding to the mountain». Today, nine years after the artist’s death, Ulàssai is being reborn as an artistic landscape.

From Arbatax to Cala Gonone

A handful of kilometers and beauty as a reward for fatigue: from Arbatax to Cala GononeOverhanging the high windswept cliffs, blue offers an enviable color palette. From the overseas of Capo Montesanto to the emeraldine of Cala Goloritzè and Cala Biriola. It can be reached by sea by boat or on foot with increasingly popular trekking routes that cross a forest of holm oaks than the cliff up to the panoramic descent. Land of shepherds and charcoal burners, the coast of Baunei is a paradise of 40 km of limestone cliffs and sudden coves with stones like confetti. One of the most unexplored and richest seas in Italy, today also loved for the numerous trekking paths that run from Supramonte di Baunei lead to the sea passing through gorges and canyons (here called module or bacus). The sea, in fact, may not be the only option. In autumn the trekking route is organized Wild blue: a week of walking with “feet in the air” at an altitude of 400 meters overlooking the sea.