Gavoi is located in the heart of Barbagia di Ollolai, in the province of Nuoro, surrounded by the beautiful woods of the Gennargentu.
The town has very ancient origins: in fact there are numerous traces of the presence of humans in that region since the Neolithic period, such as the Sa Perda Longa menhir and the Domus de Janas of Uniai and Istelathe.
The district is of great naturalistic and historical interest: in fact there are numerous archaeological sites from Nuraghic and Roman times, and a short distance from the town you can admire the artificial lake of Gusana and the Roman bridge dating back to the 2nd or 3rd century AD, on the Rio of the same name.
Also near Gavoi is the rock of Lopène (place of punishment) where, according to legend, people over 70 years of age were sacrificed, offered up to the god Chronos by their own children, who pushed them from the high cliff.
Another point of interest is the Sanctuary of Our Lady of "Sa Itria" where, on the last Sunday of July, there is a celebration which attracts numerous devotees and also includes horse races and folkloristic events.
The valley of the Aratu river is also of great importance as a natural environment: you can encounter weasels, martens, wild cats, hares and birds of prey, in particular goshawks, ravens and rare species of eagles.
Gavoi is renowned for the craft production of spurs and bits for horses, Barbaricini knives and typical Sardinian “orbace” woollen fabrics. Among the gastronomic produce of the area, the Pecorino Fiore Sardo DOP is particular favourite, produced according to very strict specifications which require the use of raw milk.
Finally, among the events not to be missed is "The Island of Stories", the Sardinian Literary Festival which has over time become a highly anticipated event among lovers of literature of all kinds.
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