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Sant'Antioco and Sulcis Iglesiente

One of the top destinations for a holiday in Sardinia, a must destination: the island of Sant'Antioco, the fourth, by extension, in Italy. It is located in the far south west of Sardinia; it’s an “island not island”: it’s connected  with the mainland by an artificial isthmus and a bridge. It has all the advantages of an island without having to sail to reach it. Its geographical position gives it a mild, breezy summer, pleasant spring and autumn. And for this reason has been, for millennia, the cradle of civilization: from the Nuragic times, Shardana, Sea Peoples, Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Barbarians, Byzantines, Arabs and Saracens, Genoese and Pisans, Spaniards, Piedmontese ... Testimonials of these cultures are still visible in the area and are experienced in the language and traditions. All this makes the island of Sant’Antioco a unique concentration of fascinating history, testimonies, customs, cuisine, crafts and culture.


Sant'Antioco, History and Archaeology
Sant'Antioco offers the most discerning traveler a “dive” back in time of great quality: the Basilica, with the only catacombs of Sardinia and his renowned Museum, the archaeological museum Ferruccio Barreca , the Phoenician tofet , the necropolis, the Ethnographical Museum, the fort Sabaudo Su Pisu, the underground village , the nuragic remains, Sa Presonnedda, the museum of fine linen.
To act as a beautiful setting on the island, dozens of “nuraghi” and important archaeological sites: the nuragic basin of Grutti ‘e Acqua and of Corongiu Murvonis, the Domus de Janas, the houses of the fairies or witches, as they were called, in fact prehistoric burials, the Tombs of the Giants) to mention only the main points of interest. And then the Tower Canai,  the centre of Italy Nostra, in one of the most scenic sites of the island, from which you can take great pictures.



The Sulcis Iglesiente
North of Sant'Antioco, a few miles of sea, the island of San Pietro, with the beautiful town of Carloforte: in the eighteenth century it was populated by a group of Ligurian fishermen driven out of Tunisia where they had settled. Even today on San Pietro, we hear the old Genoese, as well as partly in Calasetta, the second largest town of Sant’Antioco. On the island there is an oasis “Lipu” for the protection of the Eleonora's falcon. East of San Pietro, the island Piana. Complete the panorama of the islands Vacca, Vitello and Toro, all south of Sant'Antioco, all uninhabited, offering a crystal clear sea, flights and cries of birds, pelagic fish passes, rocks shaped by the sea and Mistral wind.


Archaeological sites are numerous in Sulcis Iglesiente.
Among the cities, Carbonia, in the past famous for his mines, with its important prehistoric site of Monte Sirai, Iglesias, with its numerous churches, historic villages ... with the unmistakable Hispanic imprint, the path of the mines.
In Sardinia is the first Geominig park of the world recognized by UNESCO leads to Serbariu (Carbonia), Monteponi, Rosas, Porto Flavia, to mention only the most important ones. The caves of Santa Barbara, Is Zuddas, Su Mannau in Fluminimaggiore and San Giovanni in Domusnovas bring us to discover the underground wonders.