Welcome to Sant'Antioco
The island has been inhabited since prehistoric times, but the town was founded by the Phoenicians in the 8th century BC. Known as Sulci, it was Sardinia's industrial capital and an important port until the demise of the Roman Empire more than a millennium later. It owes its current name to St Antiochus, a Roman slave who brought Christianity to the island when exiled here in the 2nd century AD.
Evidence of the town's ancient past is not hard to find – the hilltop historic centre and northern outskirts are riddled with Phoenician tombs and fascinating archaeological litter.