Province of Nuoro, Sardinia, Italy

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About Gavoi

Gavoi is a town in central Sardinia (Italy), part of the province of Nuoro, in the natural region of Barbagia. It overlooks the lake of Gusana.


The territory of Gavoi has been inhabited since the pre-nuragic period. During the Middle Ages it was mentioned several times in the list of villages and towns that paid taxes to the Roman curia.

Gavoi was struck by the plague in the 18th century.

Main attractions

The Roman church of San Gavino is the main sacred site of Gavoi, through eight other ancient churches in the village. The center of the village contains cave houses with balconies and a fountain in the village is known as "Antana 'e Cartzonna".

Near the lake are the archaeological areas of Orrui and San Michele di Fonni. A Roman bridge is submerged under the lake.


Mountain tourism is among the sources of income. Agricultural production includes potatoes and cheese (the city is famous for its Sardinian flower).

Traditions and culture

The "tumbarinu" is a traditional drum made of lamb skin and, more rarely, of dog or donkey skin. The tumbarinu is often accompanied by the pipiolu, Sheppard's traditional fife. The "ballu tundu" is a traditional all-round dance, as in the Balkan area. Poetry is esteemed, including impromptu rhyming competitions on specific topics.

The nearby Sanctuary of the Madonna d'Itria hosts a palio, in this case a singular equine competition very similar to that of Siena.

Source: Wikipedia
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