Comune di Gavoi

Location of Gavoi in Sardinia

Coordinates: IT 40°10′N 09°12′E / 40.167°N 9.200°E / 40.167; 9.200Coordinates: IT 40°10′N 09°12′E / 40.167°N 9.200°E / 40.167; 9.200
Country Italy
Region Sardinia
Province / Metropolitan city Nuoro (NU)
  Total 38.18 km2 (14.74 sq mi)
Elevation 777 m (2,549 ft)
  Total 3,011
  Density 79/km2 (200/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Gavoesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 08020
Dialing code 0784

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


Traditional costumes

Gavoi was a very ancient Hebrew colony (allegedly from the 4th century AD) and in the 17th century was repopulated by Tuscan coal miners.

Main sights

a glimpse of the town withthe typical granitic stone houses

The Roman church of San Gavino is Gavoi's foremost sacred spot, through there are eight other ancient churches in the village. The village's center contains rock houses with balconies, and a village fountain 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 beneath the lake.


Mountain tourism. Agriculture production include potatoes and cheese (the town is famous for its pecorino).

Traditions and culture

The "tumbarinu" is a traditional drum made of lamb skin, and more rarely, dog or donkey skin. The tumbarinu is often accompanied with the pipiolu, the traditional sheppard's fife. The "ballu tundu", is a traditional dance in the round, as in the Balkan area. Poetry is esteemed, including extemporaneous rhyme competitions on given topics.

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

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