First of all, there is a "new entry" in our trip: we are expecting a baby (Paola is in her 20th week of pregnancy), so there are two and a half of us travelling around this year. Be prepared to shorter diary's pages: we are often very tired in the evening.
came to Sardinia by ferry Tuesday 24th October night, leaving the "Continent"
(as Sardinians call mainland Italy) from Civitavecchia, not far from
Rome. As usual, our Renault Twingo car will be our faithful travel mate.
Then we drove to Arzachena, where we visited two of the best preserved Giant Tombs of Sardinia (Coddu Vecchiu and Li Lolghi) and the prehistoric necropolis of Li Muri. This area is particularly interesting from an archaeological point of view: we also walked to the nuraghe Albucciu ("nuraghe" is a truncated-conic tower with one or more internal rooms covered by a "tholos" or false dome) and to the small prehistoric temple Malchittu.
In the following week, in beautiful sunshine (we are still wearing T-shirts
and leaving our jumpers in the car) we visited 34 ancient Sardinian
Finally, two sites that are not megalithic, but are definitely worth a visit: Santa Trinità di Saccargia (little Romanesque church in isolated position). When we visited it, there were four people singing in latin inside: if God exists, he was there in that moment) and Sanna Museum in Sassari (many curious and fascinating findings from lots of ancient sites all around northern Sardinia. Some exemples: necklaces made of shells and fox teeth or of hunreds of snail shells; enigmatic decorated stones; beautiful small statuettes of the Mother Goddess; Nuragic little bronze figurines. Also splendid Punic and Roman glasses, jewels and mosaics and some Medieval arms and ceramics.
Sardinia is a wonderful place, not only for its sandy beaches assaulted by crowds of "Continentals" in summer or for its interesting archaeological sites. Sardinians are great people, noble and friendly at the same time. Theree are several co-operative societies of young people keeping the monuments open and clean. Even in October, not only in summer. Even animals are friendly: no bulls chasing us around - so far, but lots of kittens and doggies to welcome us.
Tonight we are sleeping in a nice hotel in Bonarcado, in the central western part of the isle. We had a super dinner with "Culurzones" (ravioli filled with smashed potatoes and fresh mint) and pork with a sauce of local white wine and olives. Now "bun in the oven" is moving a lot and our eyes are closing... Good night!
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