Gavoi

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Gavoi
Comune
Comune di Gavoi
Gavoi.jpg
Gavoi is located in Italy
Gavoi
Gavoi
Location of Gavoi in Italy
Coordinates: 40°10′N 09°12′E / 40.167°N 9.200°E / 40.167; 9.200Coordinates: 40°10′N 09°12′E / 40.167°N 9.200°E / 40.167; 9.200
Country Italy
Region Sardinia
Province Nuoro (NU)
Area
 • Total 38.18 km2 (14.74 sq mi)
Elevation 777 m (2,549 ft)
Population
 • Total 3,011
 • Density 79/km2 (200/sq mi)
Demonym 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.

History[edit]

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[edit]

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.

Economy[edit]

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

Traditions and culture[edit]

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.