The history of Sardinia, between history and legends
Sardinian history is so rich in twists and turns that it might inspire a movie: one invasion after another, from the Phoenicians to the Punic, from the Carthaginians to the Romans, from the Vandals to the Byzantines, from the Pisans to the Aragonese, from the Spaniards to the Piedmontese, many nationalities marked the history of Sardinia. And in this “ballet” of invaders, our history and identity have remained almost intact, especially in the most inner part of the island. That, often inaccessible, island, that makes Sardinia, an enigmatic but undoubtedly fascinating island.
Sardinia is an authentic and ancestral land, where every city and village is full of history and legends.
If you love to discover mysterious and unique monuments, the excursion to the Nuraghe of Barumini is really indispensable. It is an Iron Age fortress, included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. It is the symbol of a new civilization, the Nuragic one, and of an impenetrable people who lived on the island for centuries.
In south-western Sardinia, on the other hand, there are the archaeological ruins of Nora, an important inhabited centre, founded in the fifth century B. C. by the Punic, and brought to its splendor by the Romans in the following centuries. Nora is famous for its mosaics and paved streets leading to the sea. All symbols of the Sardinian greatness during the Empire.
Necropolis, catacombs and tophets are the strong points of Sant’Antioco, a mythical island linked to the rest of Sardinia by a thin isthmus.
In addition to the ancient abandoned cities, there will also be a chance to visit many old mines, symbols of Sardinia’s recent economic past.
Laconi, a village out of time, where the lush nature blends with the Menhirs and the ruins of the Castle of Aymerich, an ancient noble family of Catalan origin.
The wild charm of the Sinis peninsula amidst Phoenician-Punic ruins, early Christian churches, quartz sandy beaches, a set of western films and the Giants of Mont’e Prama.
Discovering the Iglesiente, in the south-west of Sardinia, an ancient territory between caves, mines and breathtaking landscapes with the imposing rock of the Pan di Zucchero in the background.
The traditions, the rural life of the farmers, the social commitment of Sardinia through the murals and sound stones of a unique village-museum, famous all over the world thanks to the artist Pinuccio Sciola.
A visit to the majestic and spectacular Nuraxi (in Italian Nuraghe), an archaeological monument declared by UNESCO as World Heritage Site.
A visit to the ruins of the archaeological site of Nora, an extraordinary example of a city of Punic and Roman times overlooking the homonymous beach among mosaics, thermal baths, villas and a splendid theatre.
Discovering Sant’Antioco, its history and beaches. Sites and museums, shining sun and turquoise sea in a perfect blend of nature and archaeology…
Fascinating and unique experience to learn about one of the most important examples of industrial archaeology in Sardinia, on the paths and places of the miners, surrounded by a stunning scenery.