Political bandits,Murals & BBQ's with the shepherds
Everyone is up and ready for a big day in the hills, we board the coach for the 1 hour 40 minute drive to Nuoro, time to research why Orgosolo is such a drawcard and the comments below from Wikipedia sum it up. you could spend a day in this hilltop village of 37000 inhabitants. Im not big on Graffitti but these are murals with a statement. Rumour has it that certain people from Sicily and other areas were taken prisoner by the locals of the Orgosolo area to prove who was in charge. Dont try to muscle in on our turf i think the message was.
Orgosolo iis a comune (municipality) located in the Province of Nuoro, in the autonomous region of Sardinia, at about 110 kilometres (68 mi) north of Cagliari and about 13 kilometres (8 mi) south of Nuoro. The municipality is famous for its murales. These political paintings can be found on walls all over Orgosolo. Since about 1969, the murals reflect different aspects of Sardinia's political struggles but also deal with international issues.
The village of Orgosolo is located about 17 miles from Nuoro, the capital of the province. Despite the geological seclusion, the murals have tremendously rich content, from countryside view to global history. The Sardinia Island has about 250 paintings and 150 of those were contributed from the Orgosolo village.
Orgosolo's mural emerged in the late 60's. It was during the time when Italy’s “economy miracle” collapsed by massive strikes and social unrest . Especially, the later 1973 oil crisis abruptly terminated this economy boom. Thus, murals became a major expression of the social discontent. The first mural in Orgosolo is carried out in 1969 by Dionisio, an anarchist theater company in Milan. She questioned: "What is the role of the island in the Italian government's policy?” After the idea of mural spread into this small village, a local teacher, Francesco Del Casino, played an important role. The early works was carried out by his students. Later on, more experienced workers took the job, making the murals more elaborate both in the style and in the content. Francesco Del Casino will be the instigator of most paintings of the village of Orgosolo. One of his major motivations was to get students involved in politics. Therefore, murals were featured by the oppression of Nazism, struggling for liberation, unemployment ratio and education problem. Even though many kinds of topics were introduced, political events are still the major topics of the mural.
some terrific little bars and cantina's in the town, and it would have been good to spend some more time here but we had more surprises coming our way as we headed out from Orgosolo further into the hills for a lunch with the shepherds of Orgosolo. These guys have supplemented there spartan income by preparing pit roasted piglet , with a bunch of other local delicacies including cheeses, salami, local breads, wine from the bucket, and a bunch of great guys. I'm not a favorite of mass luncheons, but this is done perfectly. Well worth a visit.
the singing is haunting, the dance traditional, the wine endless, a lot of fun had by all.
We head for home with one more stop along the way to visit the ruins at Abbasanta of themost famous Nuraghe dwelling dating back to about 1200BC . www.nutahelosa.net
30 minutes later and we are back to our base. 2 hours free to get some needed exercise, then ready for our final dinner in Sardinia, and what a night it turns out to be.