SHOULD I TAKE THE ONE-DAY TRIP OR BOOK MY RETURN ON A DIFFERENT DAY?
That’s up to you and mainly depends on how much time you have.
By booking your return on a different date you can choose a small village and linger for a day or two in the Sardinian countryside relaxation.
On the other hand, the one-day trip offers you a travel back in time with several stops and excursions. For instance, you can choose to go for a trek into a lush forest or opt for an instructive museum visit.
It’s true, you won’t see everything worth seeing, but that’s rarely the case in any tour. However, you can be assured to experience the best of it. Lawrence himself might have wished for a tour like this.
HOW MUCH DOES THE ONE-DAY TOUR COST?
A single ticket from Mandas to Sorgono and return with the Barbagia Express costs between Euro 55,00 and 80,00 per person including a full Sardinian meal.
Please write in advance if you have any food allergies.
If you need an English speaking guide, please ask when reserving your ticket. An extra cost might be associated with this service.
HOW DO I PURCHASE MY TICKET?
You can purchase your ticket by contacting Barbagia Express at firstname.lastname@example.org | Monia +39-348-398-9372 | Green Train Incantos Ticket Agency +39-070-351-1057 | BarbagiaExpress.it
WHAT SHOULD I PACK?
There’ll be stops along the route so that you can enjoy an Italian espresso or a refreshing drink. However, you should pack some water and a light snack.
Or do like Lawrence and his wife, who packed a small bag – which they call “kitchenino” – with:
“Methylated spirit, a small aluminium saucepan, a spirit-lamp, two spoons, two forks, a knife, two aluminium plates, salt, sugar, tea – the thermos flask [filled with hot tea], the various sandwiches [bacon, and scrambled eggs], four apples, and a little tin of butter.”
Now, there’s no need to pack a portable kitchen as, unlike during Lawrence’s travel, lunch is provided.
Travel light but bring with you your phone or camera to shoot some nice photography – remember to tag KeepExploringSardinia.
Optional – bring your paper or digital copy of Lawrence’s Sea and Sardinia with you.
WHAT DOES THE ITINERARY LOOK LIKE?
Imagine leaving from cultivated fields and travelling slowly uphill into a natural wilderness. There you’ll adventure into spectacular landscapes that cannot be reached by any other transportation means. As Lawrence writes:
“Soon we begin to climb to the hills. And soon the cultivation begins to be intermittent.
Extraordinary how the heathy, moor-like hills come near the sea: extraordinary how scrubby and uninhabited the great spaces of Sardinia are. It is wild, with heath and arbutus scrub and a sort of myrtle, breast-high.
Sometimes one sees a few head of cattle. And then again come the greyish arable-patches, where the corn is grown. It is like Cornwall, like the Land’s End region. Here and there, in the distance, are peasants working on the lonely landscape. Sometimes it is one man alone in the distance, showing so vividly in his black-and-white costume, small and far-off like a solitary magpie, and curiously distinct.
All the strange magic of Sardinia is in this sight.”
IS THERE A GENERAL FEELING TO THIS JOURNEY THAT I CAN RELATE TO?
You’ll visit green valleys crossed by rivers, lakes made for fishing, cork-tree forests inhabited by mouflons and wild pigs.
You’ll cross end-of-the-XIX-century bridges and traverse narrow tunnels dug into the raw stone to arrive at small villages where time stood still.
As Lawrence puts it when comparing it to Italy:
“Sardinia is another thing. Much wider, much more ordinary, not up-and-down at all, but running away into the distance. Unremarkable ridges of moor-like hills running away, perhaps to a bunch of dramatic peaks on the southwest.
This gives a sense of space, which is so lacking in Italy. Lovely space about one, and traveling distances – nothing finished, nothing final. It is like liberty itself.”
So yes, there is a feeling you can relate to, and that is of discovery and freedom.
Curious to know more? Here below you can have a look at the 12 stations you’ll be travelling to.