HISTORY

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Here in Sardinia we can tell many stories: it is a conquered land, it has always been dominated by other peoples, it contains in its people a multitude of cultures with influences derived from other populations. Just think of the Sardinian language (which is not a dialect): it is a direct ending of Latin and it is more similar to Spanish than to Italian language. The island also speaks a dialect which is similar to Genoese and to Catalan.
Among the monuments and archaeological sites that stand out for their great interest there are first and foremost “Su Nuraxi” (Nuraghe) in Barumini, a nuragich town discovered just 40 years ago, UNESCO site, and then there are other nuraghi scattered throughout the island. An important site is also the Punic-Roman city of Tharros, which is located not far from Oristano and which served as a port for trade in the Mediterranean area since the Punic age. There are also many castles of medieval times, which arise as a headliner on rolling hills. Don’t forget the most important: the castle of Sanluri, Monreale, Montiferru, Las Plassas, Quirra or Casteddu in Cagliari overlooking the entire city.
Not to be missed are the old mines of the Costa Verde, where you can see how nature has regained the upper hand on man: in fact two centuries ago mankind has built a network of mines, ports, railways and roads for the extraction of lead, silver and coal, while now that everything has run out, the area has become one of the most attractive, especially for cycling. Here you can visit the museum of the mines of Montevecchio, or the numerous underground wells, but also not to be missed breathtaking scenery that you can appreciate only by bicycle.
There also are many olive trees which are part of the history of Sardinia: they have become over the years sculptures representing the island.

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