sights / Historic

Tiscali information

Golfo di Orosei , Italy
adult/reduced €5/2
Opening hours
9am-7pm daily summer, to 5pm winter
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Hidden in a mountain-top cave deep in the Valle Lanaittu, the mysterious nuraghic village of Tiscali is one of Sardinia’s archaeological highlights. Dating from the 6th century BC and populated until Roman times, the village was discovered at the end of the 19th century. At the time it was relatively intact, but since then grave robbers have done a pretty good job of looting the place, stripping the conical stone-and-mud huts down to the skeletal remains that you see today.

It’s an eerie sight: jumbled ruins amid holm-oak and turpentine trees huddled in the twilight of the limestone overhang. The inhabitants of Sa Sedda ‘e Sos Carros used it as a hiding place, and its inaccessibility ensured that the Sards were able to hold out here until well into the 2nd century BC.