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Top Choice Archaeological Site in Barumini & Nuraghe Su Nuraxi

Nuraghe Su Nuraxi

In the heart of the voluptuous green countryside near Barumini, the Nuraghe Su Nuraxi is Sardinia’s sole World Heritage Site and the island’s most visited nuraghe. The focal point is the 1500 BC tower, which origina…
Top Choice Area in La Giara di Gesturi

La Giara di Gesturi

Rising above the rolling green landscape, La Giara di Gesturi is a high basalt plateau famous for its wild horses and uncontaminated natural beauty. The 45-sq-km plain, much of which is carpeted by macchia (Mediterr…
Top Choice Agriturismo in Villanovaforru & Nuraghe Genna Maria

Agriturismo Su Boschettu

Come hungry, take a seat and wait for the fun to begin. Out will come an array of delicious antipasti – seasonal vegetables, salami, cheeses – all accompanied by warm home-baked bread. Next up is pasta, perhaps ravi…
Museum in Villanovaforru & Nuraghe Genna Maria

Museo Archeologico

Housed in a yellow 19th-century palazzo in the village centre, the Museo Archeologico provides a good overview of the area's prehistoric past with finds from many local sites, including Su Nuraxi and Genna Maria. Ex…
Museum in Barumini & Nuraghe Su Nuraxi

Casa Zapata

This attractive museum complex occupies the 16th-century residence of the Spanish Zapata family, La Marmilla's 16th-century rulers. The whitewashed villa was originally built over a 1st-millennium-BC nuraghic settle…
Museum in Sanluri

Castello di Sanluri

Just off Via Carlo Felice, the main road through town, Sanluri's 14th-century castle houses the Museo Risorgimentale Duca d'Aosta and its eclectic collection of assorted military paraphernalia. Outside in the garden…
Museum in Villanovaforru & Nuraghe Genna Maria

Museo Sa Corona Arrubia

To the northeast of Villanovaforru near Lunamatrona, this excellent museum showcases the area's flora and fauna, as well as illustrating its ancient history and rural culture. Recreations of prehistoric sites and di…
Archaeological Site in Sardara

Area Archeologico

A few hundred metres from Sardara's museum, the Gothic Chiesa di Sant'Anastasia sits in the midst of what was once a much larger nuraghic temple. An important place of worship between the 11th and 7th centuries BC, …
Archaeological Site in Villanovaforru & Nuraghe Genna Maria

Complesso Nuragico di Genna Maria

This nuraghic complex, signposted as the Parco Archeologico, is set on a panoramic wooded hilltop about 1km out of the village on the road to Collinas. One of the most important nuraghi in Sardinia, it consists of a…
Trattoria in Sanluri

Bistrot Il Castello

After visiting the Castello, decamp to this attractive stone-clad bar-trattoria near the castle entrance. Relaxed and informal, it's good for a classic meal of cured meats and cheeses, seasonally driven pastas and g…