Villaggio Ipogeo

Sant'Antioco's Punic necropolis and its cavernous tombs were taken over by islanders in the Middle Ages as a safe haven from marauding Arab raiders. Here you can explore the grotto houses where they lived and where the island's poor continued to live well into the 20th century – it's reckoned up to 700 people were living in them in the 1930s.

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