23/377: Ardauli


View from the highest part of the village

‘It’s all downhill’ echoed in my mind, convinced that I’ll be going down towards the lake, but after a quick but short descent, a good climb reappears. Ardauli is still high above the lake. However, the distance is short and the view over the valley is exceptional.

It’s Saturday, I arrive at the Town Hall, it’s closed, but soon after I am joined by the Mayor Massimo and Councilor Alessandra. A warm welcome, accompanied by some nice gifts. As in many other municipalities, even here I had to ask that everything is sent to Cagliari, unfortunately I can not load the bike.

House on the rock

We take a walk in the historic center, where the church of the Beata Vergine del Buon Cammino strikes me with a beautiful rosette window and the detached bell tower, and then we pass some houses built on a rock base. Here too it is all predominantly built with trachyte. You can see some abandoned houses in the midst of many well-restored houses.

Rosette in the church of the Beata Vergine del Buon Cammino

In the afternoon the Mayor leads me to see two panoramic points from which you can enjoy an extraordinary view of the Abbasanta plain. You can see about twenty villages, up to the sea of ​​Oristano, and the night view (as I will see later) with all the lights of the inhabited centers is magical.


We end the tour in the countryside around the village. We stop at the beautiful church of San Quirico, near the bridge over the lake.

Then we return to the inland, where the woods are recovering after a terrible fire that devastated them a few years ago. On this side the granites begin to appear again, as in Neoneli, while driving around the ridge overlooking a branch of Lake Omodeo the rocks are again pink, trachyte.

The view is breathtaking, and with the light of the sunset these narrow valleys surrounded by natural rock sculptures have a strange aura of mysticism, with the mist starting to form at the bottom of the valley.



Inspired by Luca Cocco’s organetto. Recorded in Nughedu Santa Vittoria with Nicola Spiga’s organetto.




Luca Cocco’s organetto

Luca, 26, is a young talent of the Sardinian organetto.

In the afternoon, we go to his house to make some sounds, we do not have much time. Luca greets us warmly, sits down, takes the organetto and even before I can get out the ukulele indulges in a medley of Sardinian dances, demonstrating a superfine technique.

While he plays he smiles at us, only in the technically more complex points the expression takes on a slightly more concentrated tone. I want to play too.

We play on a Sardinian dance, then we play No Potho Reposare, which Luca wants to film and dedicate to the memory of the singer Andrea Parodi. ‘We upload it on Facebook and we dedicate it to Valentina’ he tells me, alluding to the widow of the singer.

Ok. At this point we have to leave. ‘Wait, l’ll I give you a present,’ Luca tells me. He goes away and soon returns with a piece of paper, on which he begins to write. It is a photocopy of a newspaper article about his recent exploits, finalist for a talent show in London and a representative of Sardinia at the PIF Castelfidardo prize.

‘A hug to my friend Sebastiano Dessanay. I wish you much happiness, health and love. Thank you so much. Good life and thank you, with affection and esteem. Luca Cocco from Ardauli (Sardinia) ‘.

Thanks to you Luca, we all need this enthusiasm!