Donít think of Italy as only a summer destination. There are plenty of things to do and to see during the Italian spring, fall, and even winter. This series of articles provides ideas for your Italian October vacation, describing regional spectacles, tourist attractions, and special events, and sometimes sports. Italian fall holidays have several advantages: You wonít fight the crowds, hotels and other accommodations are easier and cheaper to find, and every region has its own fall festivals. Start organizing your Italian fall holidays now. Keep reading.
Sardinia is a large Mediterranean island to the southwest of Rome. This is southern Italy and you may enjoy warm weather even in October. Donít be surprised if the nights are chilly. Sardinia is one of the most traditional areas of Italy, and in fact of all Europe. Parts of it are home to the jet set. Start your October holidays in the central city of Nuoro, population 36 thousand, the cultural capital of Sardinia. Its Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, a traditional religious and, folkloric festival, is held on October first. Nuoro is especially proud of its daughter, Grazia Deledda, awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, in 1926, the second woman to have been so honored. Donít miss her birthplace, now a museum. You wonít be able to visit her high school because her formal education ended at Grade 4.
Would you believe a Snail Festival? There is a delicious one in the village of Gesico, population under 1 thousand, on the second weekend of October. Even if you donít like snails, you will find delicious food. That Sunday the small town of Telti, home to 2 thousand, hosts a popular folk festival for the Feast of Saint Bachisio. The centerpiece is boiled sheep. (Iíll take the snails, please.) From the 10th to the 13th of the month the town of Sanluri, population about 8500, hosts the Feast of Saint Martino. This local gastronomy fair focuses on broad beans, malloreddus (superfine flour gnocchi), and civraxiu bread, best enjoyed when dipped in the fat of roasted pork or lamb. There is also new wine and local sweets. In Orroli, a small town of about 2600, October 13th means the Feast of Saint Daniele Martyr. Two days later the coastal town of Santa Teresa di Gallura situated on Strait of Bonifacio at the northern tip, home to 5 thousand, whose population doubles or triples in the summer, hosts the Feast of Saint Teresa d'Avila with folk and popular music shows.
The small town of Nule, population 1500, hosts a traditional, religious ceremony to honor Our Lady of Remedy including folk, sport, and musical performances. The following day Nuoro presents its Feast of Our Lady of Kindness in which costumed twelve young girls present candle offerings as has been done for centuries. The following day the eastern coastal town of Bari Sardo, population 4 thousand, holds the Feast of Saint Cecilia with traditional music performances.
The last Sunday in October the small town of Tissi, home to 2 thousand, presents the Feast of Saint Luigi featuring religious, folk and popular shows. That same day Aritzo, population about 1500, presents a Walnut and Hazelnut Fair with traditional dances and songs. On the 29th of the month the similarly sized town of Furtei honors Saint Narciso with religious ceremonies, in which the rosary is said in Sardinian dialect. Then it is time to taste the new wine and listen to the poetry competition. Finish the month in the town of Decimoputzu, population 4 thousand, which celebrates Is Animeddas (the souls) as children with bags on their backs roam the town asking for sweets until the wee hours of the morning.
And wherever you go and whatever you do, check out the fine Sardinia or other Italian wines.
Levi Reiss has authored or co-authored ten books on computers and the Internet, but to be honest, he would rather just drink fine Italian or other wine, accompanied by the right foods. He teaches classes in computers at an Ontario French-language community college. Visit his website www.travelitalytravel.com devoted to Italian travel with an accent on fine Italian wine and food. Visit his central wine website www.theworldwidewine.com with weekly reviews of $10 wine and columns devoted to various aspects of wine including wine and food, humor, trivia, organic and kosher wine and lots more.
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October events, spectacles, and tourist attractions in Sardinia