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Murals of Orgosolo, Sardinia

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When most travelers think of Sardinia, they think of the Emerald Coast (Costa Smeralda) – sea, sun, yachts, a veritable playground for the rich. In fact, Sardinia has a wild side and not just its macchia-covered nature trails. In the heart of Sardinia lies the village of Orgosolo, a sort of Sardinian “Wild West” known for years for its bandits, who would conduct brazen kidnappings and murders. During the first half of the 20th century, Orgosolo’s notorious reputation grew to such a point that it inspired the film Bandits of Orgosolo (1961).

While Orgosolo has since gotten a handle on its crime, the village’s unique history of rebellion as well as Sardinians’ struggles with the Italian state (i.e., in opposition to an army base on the island, among other reasons) has made the village a center of artistic political expression. Orgosolo today is known for the some 150 murals that decorate its houses, shops, and other outdoor spaces with images from Sardinia folklore, Italian history, and even international events. This unusual assortment of art encouraged me to find the best examples for my Orgosolo Mural Gallery on Flickr.

I’m going to let the art speak from here on out. But if you are interested in making a day trip to Orgosolo on your next visit to Sardinia, visit the Sardinia Tourism Board website for more information.

Photo ┬ę Jo McLure

5 Comments

  • Jessica, WhyGo Italy
    29 March 2010 at 2:31 pm

    Are these the sort of murals that showed up in part of that No Reservations episode?

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    • Melanie
      31 March 2010 at 2:11 pm

      Yes. ­čÖé

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    • italofile
      4 April 2010 at 7:56 pm

      Yes. Sorry for the late reply. Thought I had already!

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  • CadelSol
    10 April 2010 at 5:01 pm

    Oh yes! Great post! Thank you Melanie!
    It is a pleasure to read something about our island!
    Next time you will come, please, let us know we will be very happy to show you Cagliari, Sardinia’s chief town, staying with you! ­čśë

    Ciao, Daniela and Michele ^_^
    .-= CadelSol´s last blog ..Maurizio Serra – ChieseCampestri.it =-.

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  • Lisa
    3 November 2010 at 3:16 pm

    The murals make the history of the city even richer.

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