Among the most famous evidence of Sardinia’s ancient past, nuraghi (tower-fortresses) surely find recognition on a wider stage. Not much is known about the Nuragic tribes, other than they were shepherds and farmers joined in various communities, who lived in Sardinia for eight centuries. The island hosts as many as 7,000 nuraghi dotted around the island, with a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Su Nuraxi de Baromini, close to Cagliari, but the purpose of these megalithic edifices is still unknown: they seem to be waiting to be put back together like pieces of a jigsaw. Will you try and guess their meaning?
Other exceptional places of interest are the Serra Orrios complex, the Sedda ‘e sos Carros site, dedicated to the cult of water, the hamlet of Tiscali, hidden inside a cave in the rugged mountains between Oliena and Orgosolo, and the Corbeddu cave, where the pristine skeleton of a 5,000-year old Queen was found.
In the Dorgali countryside, Ispinigoli is a deep cavern reaching the centre of the earth, so to speak, thanks to a 280-steps stairway, featuring a 40-metre high limestone column.