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San Sperate: murales and the sounding stones

San Sperate: the village of Pinuccio Sciola where stones play and nature sings

Duration

4 hours

Difficulty

Low

Features

A magical place where relax, surrounded by art and nature.

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Have you ever heard the stones singing? In San Sperate, nature sings without music and the wind suggests words.

San Sperate is not just a simple, pretty village of Sardinia. It’s an open-air-museum, which became famous all over the world thanks to Pinuccio Sciola, an exceptional artist able to make the stones sing.

Dead a few years ago, Pinuccio Sciola created “Il Giardino Sonoro“, an open- air-museum-garden where visitors can feel the breath of megalithic stones, surrounded by the scent of lemon and orange trees, while experiencing the emotion of playing the stones-sculptures.

“In San Sperate, Sardinia, Pinuccio Sciola creates sounding sculptures, with a special touch succeeds in bringing out sounds from monoliths of limestone or basalt. His works are exhibited and requested all over the world”.

La Repubblica

“Here, amidst giant stones that may have been delivered from Stonehenge, if it were not for the perfect engravings made by the Master, it seems to have arrived at the center of the Earth”.

Corriere della Sera

“San Sperate, however, is not only the artistic “home” of Pinuccio Sciola, but also a town famous for more than 300 murales that decorate the walls of the ancient houses: real masterpieces that tell the history and traditions of Sardinian peasant people with waterproof colors, graffiti and mixed techniques”.

Actually, even the murales were born from an idea of Pinuccio Sciola who, in 1966, began to paint white walls of the houses and then scenes of everyday life of a well-rooted and homogeneous farming community. San Sperate is much more than a small peasant town, but a real open-air- in-progress-art gallery.

If you love street art, music and dazzling colors and wish to discover an unusual and original corner of Sardinia, the excursion to San Sperate is a must.

At the end of the tour we’ll visit to Cagliari, which is only 20 kilometers far from the village. You’ll admire the city from the viewpoint of Mount Urpinu hill, which will give us an unforgettable view of the Molentargius Regional Natural Park – Saline and the Poetto beach.

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