Tempio di Antas
Lonely Planet review
In a lovely, woody spot 9km south of Fluminimaggiore, the sand-coloured Tempio di Antas has stood in solitary isolation since the 3rd century AD. Built by the emperor Caracalla, it was constructed over a 6th-century BC Punic sanctuary, which itself was set over an earlier nuraghe settlement. In its Roman form the temple was dedicated to Sardus Pater, a local Sardinian deity worshipped by the nuraghic people as Babai and by the Punic faithful as Sid, god of warriors and hunters.
After centuries of disrepair, the temple was extensively restored between 1967 and 1976. Most impressively, the original Ionic columns were excavated and re-erected. At the foot of these columns you can make out remains of the temple's Carthaginian predecessor, which the Romans cannibalised to erect their version.
Between the ticket office and the temple, a narrow trail marked as sentiero romano (Roman way) leads after about five minutes to what little remains of the original nuraghe settlement. Following the trail for 1½ hours would theoretically take you to the Grotta di Su Mannau, but we haven't tried it out.
From the main road, it's about a half-hour walk to the main site.