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Comune di Gavoi
Gavoi is located in Sardinia
Location of Gavoi in Sardinia
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)
 • Mayor Giovanni Cugusi
 • Total 38.06 km2 (14.70 sq mi)
Elevation 777 m (2,549 ft)
Population (31 August 2017)
 • Total 2,648
 • Density 70/km2 (180/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Gavoesi
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
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

The territory of Gavoi is inhabited since the prenuragic period. During the middleage is cited various times in the list of villages and towns that paid the taxes to the Roman curia.

Gavoi was hit by the plague in the 18th century.[1]

Main sights[edit]

A glimpse of the town with the 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 is among the sources of income. 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.