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This is an itinerary on the less travelled roads of Sardinia, discovering the real heart of this amazing island. Starting from the historical Cagliari city center, to the Unesco site of Su Nuraxi, the inland Barbagia area. Vast mountain area of the Geannargentu Mountain to the granite highland of Gallura. Getting into local traditions, local carnivals and Orgosolo: the open air murals town-museum. The “borgo” of Castelsardo, Alghero, Tempio Pausania and Bosa all rich in history.

 

  1. Cagliari • Introduction to the Island
  2. Cagliari – Barumini – Aritzo • The Unesco site of Su Nuraxi 
  3. Aritzo – Mamoiada – Orgosolo – Santa Cristina Parc – Santu Lussurgiu • Barbagia
  4. Santu Lussurgiu – Bosa – Alghero • The North West Coast
  5. Alghero –Saccargia Cathedral – Monte d’Accoddi – Castelsardo • Cathedrals, Archaeology and “borghi”
  6. Castelsardo – Inland Gallura – Nuoro • Granite landscapes and dreamy panoramas
  7. Nuoro – Cagliari • Barbagia capital town

This is an itinerary on the less travelled roads of Sardinia, discovering the real heart of this amazing island. Starting from the historical Cagliari city center, to the Unesco site of Su Nuraxi, the inland Barbagia area. Vast mountain area of the Geannargentu Mountain to the granite highland of Gallura. Getting into local traditions, local carnivals and Orgosolo: the open air murals town-museum. The “borgo” of Castelsardo, Alghero, Tempio Pausania and Bosa all rich in history.

Itineraries

Day 1

Cagliari • Introduction to the Island

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The trip will start in the early afternoon. We visit the old town of Karalis (ancient name of Cagliari), the Archaeological Museum where we learn about the Nuragic civilization, the Giants of Mont'e Prama and other archaeological finds coming from the original Phoenician-Punic-Roman Karalis. Walking tour of the narrow lanes in the historical city center: The Castel. This is the symbol of Cagliari where we can follow the long and complex history of this city. Check-in at the hotel.

Day 2

Cagliari – Barumini – Aritzo • The Unesco site of Su Nuraxi

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Today we leave Cagliari to drive inland. We stop visiting the the UNESCO site of Su Nuraxi, possibly the best-preserved Nuragic archaeological site of Sardinia. We continue visiting Casa Zapata a XV century noblemen house now an interesting museum. In the afternoon we arrive at Aritzo, a traditional “borgo” in the Barbagia mountain area.
Barbagia landscape is full of hard hills and mountains and there is little human presence. Barbagia is one of the least populated areas in Europe this has allowed Barbagia to preserve its cultural and natural treasures.

Day 3

Aritzo – Mamoiada – Orgosolo – Santa Cristina Parc – Santu Lussurgiu • Barbagia

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In the morning we discover Mamoiada home place of the Mamuthones and Issohadores, best known carnival masks of all Sardinia. We visit the museum to learn more about this traditional masks and then we have lunch with local shepherds. We continue to Orgosolo, well known for its street murals paintings which represents Sardinia's political struggles. After the visit we leave the inland to reach the East coast to visit Santa Cristina Park. Here we can walk under centuries years old Olive trees, visit the interesting Nuragic village with a XVI century nuraghe, then on to the Christian village. Last but not least, we visit the Sacred Wells, the best preserved, evocative and mysterious Nuragic well temple of Sardinia. We end the day in Santu Lussurgiu.

Day 4

Santu Lussurgiu – Bosa – Alghero • The North West Coast

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After breakfast at the hotel we visit Santu Lussurgiu where numerous local products are made: leather, carved wood and the typical Sardinian switchblade. We then drive to the small town of Bosa, where we visit the Cathedral, the castle and the suburb of “Sa Costa” which can be reached only on foot.
We continue our day reaching the Porto Contelungo park where we can admire one of the best view of all Sardinia Island in Capo Caccia. We then go Alghero, driving along the beautiful coasline. We visit the Alghero city centre.

Day 5

Alghero –Saccargia Cathedral – Monte d’Accoddi – Castelsardo • Cathedrals, Archaeology and “borghi”

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Early morning departure towards Sassari, with a short detour from the main road we visit the XXII century Saccargia Basilic, the most important church in Romanesque Tuscan style. We drive to Monte d'Accoddi, where a surprising, unusual temple stands out from the flat surrounding plains.
We move to the coast to visit one of the most beautiful “villages” of Italy: Castelsardo. A complete 5 senses experience thanks to the colorful houses, the perfume of the sea and fresh fish coming from the local restaurants, the great views over the coastline, the traditional clothing and the Sardinian language spoken by the inhabitants.

Day 6

Castelsardo – Inland Gallura – Nuoro • Granite landscapes and dreamy panoramas

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Today we drive along the coast to reach Capo Testa, a small peninsula which overlooks the Bonifacio Strait, between Sardinia and Corsica Island. After a photo stop on this very scenic lookout, we drive inland across Gallura, a vast land characterized by granitic rocks, dotted by cork Oaks trees (Quercus suber) and land of shepherds with their unusual rock huts known as “concheddas”. Our lunch today is in a typical rural stone restaurant, this type of buildings are known as “stazzo”. We then visit Tempio Pausania known as as “the stone city” because everything is built with the granitic stones of the area. Here we visit the city centre and the local museum on the “cork” which is the main resource of the area. We drive to Nuoro for the overnight.

Day 7

Nuoro – Cagliari • Barbagia capital town

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Today we visit Nuoro. The Barbagia main town. Here there is an interesting Modern art Museum, the House-Museum of Grazie Deledda, possibly the Sardinia best known writer who won the literature Nobel Prize in 1926. She started to write at the age of 13 and in the best selling novel “Cosima” she describes in details her youth in Nuoro. We will also see the lookout point of Ortobene Mountain before driving to the South of Sardina and Cagliari, where our tour ends.

Price: on request – based on 12-14 pax travelling
For further information on the price or a tailor-made quotation please contact us at info@out-of-italy.com or fill in the “Trip Enquiry” here above.

 

The quote includes: meet and greet at the airport, transfer on arrival and departure. Private minibus for the tour, Overnight in 3*** hotel in BB, 2 lunches, entrance fees to the Museums and archaeological sites. Local tax, local guide.

 

The quote does not include: meals unless specified, drinks, tips, travel insurance and personal expenses. Everything not stated in the quote includes.

 

Group departures: TBA

 

 

Overnight and meals - This itinerary includes 3*- 4*hotels. Breakfasts are included + 2 traditional lunches. All accommodation have been carefully selected for their excellent service or for their suggestive locations.

 

Transport – We travel in minibus or bus according to number of passengers.

 

Climate – In Sardinia Island, there is Mediterranean climate, mild winter and warm sunny summer. Little rain in summer, rainy season is mainly in autumn and winter, in summer it is normally dry. It is a windy Island due to Mistral Wind.

 

Travel in safety - The current itinerary is quoted according to the current safety/health law. The transport will allow the social distance between the passengers. In case regional laws will now allow certain attractions or Hotels to open we shall amend the itinerary according with the price to reflect the changes. We shall do everything is in our power to operate the itinerary as described above.

 

For logistics or technical reasons, the itinerary can be run with some amendments on the sequence of the visits and excursions

The literal translation of Borgo in English would be “Hamlet” or “Village“ but these words do not fully explains the meaning of “Borgo” is.
A “Borgo” is a fascinating, ancient, small Italian town, generally fortified and dating back to the period from Middle Ages to Renaissance. Walking in a “Borgo” is a step back in time, a walk through history, a typical Italian experience.

Su Nuraxi is a settlement consisting of a seventeenth century BC Nuraghe, a bastion of four corner towers plus a central one, and a village inhabited from the thirteenth to the sixth century BC, developed around the Nuraghe.

This is a unique archaeological site. Although there is no direct relationship, it is identical to the contemporary Mesopotamian temples and embodies the ‘oriental’ creed of the union between heaven and earth - the sacred areas on top of reliefs were considered the meeting point between man and divinity. The temple of Monte d'Accoddi (from the archaic kodi, ‘stone’), dating back five thousand years, is a ziqqurat that is unique in Europe due to its singularity of architectural types. It was discovered in the mid-20th century, digging into a small hill that appeared to be ‘artificial’, rising up in the middle of a plain. In fact, it was a pyramid altar covered with earth, perhaps dedicated to a female deity, carved in a granite stele alongside the monument. According to legend, it was built by a prince-priest who had fled from the Middle East. It had one very special feature: the ziqqurat is the temple of the Sun, in turn dedicated to the Moon.

It may have been the legendary Tibula of Roman times, but by the Middle Ages it was already an impenetrable centuries-old fortress protected by thick walls and 17 towers, until the advent of modern weaponry. The original nucleus of Castelsardo grew up around the castle of the Dorias, which tradition dates to 1102, although it was probably constructed in the late XIII century. Today it is the seat of the lovely Museo dell’Intreccio, one of the most visited museums in all of Sardinia. In the early XVI century the castle was renamed Castillo Aragonés and became the seat of the bishopric until the Cathedral of Sant’Antonio Abate was built in 1586. This amazing building has a bell tower perched over the sea, is graced with a gleaming ceramic dome and houses crypts in the basement, which in turn are home to the Maestro di Castelsardo museum. During the reign of the Savoy dynasty, the town was given the name it has today. It belongs to the “Most Beautiful Borghi of Italy”