Austis: a journey in the heart of Autunno in Barbagia 2015

  • Published: 17-09-2015
  • Category: Events

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An ancient culinary tradition. A place full of naturalistic place that you shouldn’t miss. And then there are them, the Cortes Apertas. From 25th to 27th September, on the occasion of Autunno in Barbagia 2015, the small town Austis will receive all of its numerous visitors.



Austis is an authentic, big treasure made of inestimable naturalistic pearls: the beautiful woods of cork oaks, the impressive natural sculptures, the charcoals, the tunnels and the refuges used by the shepherds, the rich flora. Numerous animal species live in this natural habitat: the most characteristic ones are the deerskin and the Sardinian deer, but there are also bears, partridges, jays and peregrine falcons.

And in Cortes Apertas, the real heart of Autunno in Barbagia, there’s enough to let the visitors fall in love with the culinary tradition of Austis: in the courtyards of the most ancient houses you will taste the fregula istuvada (pasta cutted in little balls), fregula cun lampazzu (a soup with wood sorrel), potato ravioli and cazzau saliu (which is a salt-preserved rennet), the lamb and the young goat (prepared both stewed or roasted), the boiled sheep with potatoes and onions, the seadas (typical sweets prepared with bran, cheese, honey or sugar).


How to reach

Austis is in a very intern but also characteristic zone of Barbagia. The suggestion is, as in other stages of this event, to reach it from Nuoro:

  • Take the state road 131 dcn until Ottana
  • Form Ottana, take the state road 17 and then the provincial road 36 until Olzai
  • From Olzai take the provincial road 4 until Austis.

The trip lasts about a hour by car.

And reaching it from Nuoro? The two main tourist ports in the surroundings are two:

  • Arbatax, on the oriental coast
  • Olbia, on the North-East coast

In both cases, reaching Nuoro by car takes about a hour.


More information

For further information about the Autunno in Barbagia 2015 in Austis (complete program, eventually changes of dates and times), you can visit these two sites:


Image source: “Austis – Costume tradizionale (07)” di Gianni Careddu – Opera propria. Con licenza CC BY-SA 4.0 tramite Wikimedia Commons

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