you ready for another episode of our Ancient Sardinia Tour? Well, from
Dorgali, in the north-east of the island, we drove down along the coast,
then went again westwards passing through an incredible scenery and
finally coming down towards Cagliari, Sardinia's main city.
Back to our beloved prehistoric monuments. In the last few days we visited several giants' tombs: Osono, the well preserved Sa Domu 'e S'Orku and the twin Seleni I and Seleni II. As you can see in the photo, in front of the latter are two stones with three holes each: they were used to house small baethyles, often clear symbols of virility like the one we saw in the Dorgali archaeo museum (X rated image!). Anyway, other baethyles are not so ermbarassing, but sometimes extremely peculiar like the one in S. Pietro in Golgo, with a face carved on it.
In these days we also visited some of the biggest and most interesting nuraghi of Sardinia: the Unesco World heritage site Su Nuraxi at Barumini, surrounded by a large settlement, the Arrubiu one, still very high (his walls reach 14.40 m of the original height of 27-30 m) and Is Paras. Along our itinerary we also visited two beautiful sacred sites: Domu 'e Orxia, a huge temple dated to the II millennium BC (its name means 'the house of Orxia', a witch who was very revengeful for the killing of her children) and Santa Vittoria di Serri, a complex Nuragic sanctuary formed by several buildings (a great meeting point formed by various huts and rooms, a holy well, a rectangular temple, a kind of Court of Justice...).
the 'new entry' of our Ancient Sardinia Tour are the standing stones.
In these days we have visited some astonishing sites. From the two
standing stones in front of the S'Ortali
'e Su Monte giants' tomb to the pillars of Perdalonga
(three stones from 2.6 to 3.3 m in height perfectly aligned north-south
and a fourth 4 m tall one
some metres away). From the ones
aligned near the stone circle of Is
Cirquittus to the enigmatric row of Corte
Noa. But speaking of alignments, the most striking one is the one
at Pranu Muteddu, north
of Cagliari, where 18 standing stones were erected on a line in a sacred
area near other pairs and single standing stones, domus de janas and
Now it is time to go to bed. We are south of Cagliari, not far from the sea and the island of Sant'Antioco. We are resting in a village called Giba, in a nice and inexpensive inn where we had a splendid and gigantic dinner (they served us 12 different starters!). It is called "Rosella" and we warmly suggest it to everyone passing here: as they say on their cards, it is a true "Gastronomic clinic with accomodation".
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