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Orroli Sardegna

Okay, we flew into Cagliari, picked up our rental car and drove straight to our first B&B in Orroli. Unpon entering the village we were greeted by a historic red Fiat 500.

Orroli Omu Axiu

We stayed at the Omu Axiu, a traditional country house that has been converted into a museum with restaurant and attached bed & breakfast. It is owned and operated by the Vargiu family since 1500 and has been kept in a good state ever since.

Omu Axiu Museum Guided Tour

This is the entrance to the museum. Since we stayed at the B&B, we could take the guided tour of the museum for free. Here, Agostino Vargiu shows the historic tools used for farming.

Omu Axiu Museum Orroli

The Omu Axiu museum recreates scenes from the past, focusing on realism. Each room shows you insights into ancient Sardic customs, from hard farm work to cooking and sewing. This is a good way to start your Sardegna holidays.

Agostino Vargiu - Omu Axiu Museum Orroli

Of course, Agostino Vargiu knows all the stories, big and small, that have changed the island over time. Here, he explains how meals were cooked in the traditional Sardic kitchen. We strongly recommend to experience the Sardic food here, in the Omu Axiu restaurant. The location is just beautiful: Sitting here on a warm summer evening, in the center of the island, under a clear deep blue sky, enjoying the excellent food served in a traditional manner by friendly staff. Really, it hardly can get any better!

Orroli Sardegna

Orroli itself is a typical Sardinian village with an active church...

Orroli Sardinia Italia

...and also some uglier spots in the town center. Actually, there is not really that much to see in Orroli (apart from the Omu Axiu), so we explored the surroundings of the town.

Nurri Sardegna Sardinia

This is Nurri, the neighbor village of Orroli. As you can see here, farming is still one of the most important businesses here.

Sadali Sardegna

The village of Sadali not only has small, steep streets, but it also tells a cruel true story of a slowly dying village. Because the young people of Sadali were looking for work in the big cities of Sardinia (especially in Cagliari) and on the main land in Italy...

Sadali Sardinia

...they moved away from the village. And their parents' houses slowly turned into ruins. Today, the (remaining and returning) people of Sadali have looked through their photo albums of the past and pinned large posters of historic photos to the walls of the ruins.

Sadali Houses Sardegna

Every image tells a bitter sweet story of better times - sometimes commentary plates provide additional information on that house and person. This way, the people of Sadali will not be forgotten. For now.

Sadali Cascata Sa Pischeria

Here, in the oldest part of the town, you will also find a tiny waterfall, surrounded by jungle-like trees that provide nice shadows, especially during a hot summer day.

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