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Sant’Antioco, an island in the Island

Discovering Sant’Antioco, its history and beaches. Archaeological sites, museums, a crystal blue sea in a perfect mix between nature and ancient history


6 – 7 hours


Low (some sites are not suitable for people with disabilities)


For those who want to immerse themselves in Sardinian history and archaeology with a few dives on the way

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Sant’Antioco is the fourth largest island in Italy and is connected to the mother island by an artificial isthmus. From an archaeological point of view, its importance does not only concern Sardinia, but also Italy, since it is here that Sulki, one of the oldest cities in Italy, was discovered.

The tour begins with a visit to the archaeological museum “Ferruccio Barreca“: the richness of preserved archaeological finds is so vast as to cover the Nuragic, Punic and Roman times. The highlight of the collection is undoubtedly the original reconstruction of a Punic Tophet, a cemetery area reserved for children.

You will continue towards the Villaggio Ipogeo, an ancient area of the Punic necropolis that was desecrated by the inhabitants of the island and reused as a private dwelling, then visiting the Basilica and the catacombs below, one of the first examples of Christianity in Sardinia.

Sant’Antioco is also the island where many small craftsmen have been keeping the millenary art of weaving the bisso alive: it is almost completely disappeared though handed down from generation to generation: it consists of fishing and processing of the Pinna Nobilis, a mollusk, from which craftsmen gently collect their filaments, then process, wash and wave them like linen or cotton.

It’s a memorable experience hard to find in a typical excursion on the island of St. Antioco, thus even more engaging. We suggest you not to miss it!

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