Holy Week in Castelsardo is one of the most enthralling in Sardinia. The religious ceremonies are characterised by ancient symbolism passed down through the centuries by the Santa Croce Confraternity.
The most moving ritual is that of the Mysteries which, unlike in the rest of Sardinia, takes place onEaster Monday (Lunisanti). Before dawn members of the confraternity meet in the Santa Maria Church. From here a long procession unfolds which lasts the whole day and involves the nearby towns and villages. The most evocative moment is the night-time procession which takes place in torch-light. A human skull is carried on a tray in procession accompanied by the religious chanting of the members of the confraternity.