Nuraghi

The nuraghi civilization represents a unique and peculiar case respect to the rest of the Mediterranean basin. It probably grew 4000 years ago as a pastoral society, with a social tissue organized in tribes, like the Italic cultures of the Continent. The various tribes lived in constant conflict with each other, something which could explain the great number of nuraghi discovered (at least 8000). These stone fortresses are especially concentrated in the central plateaus and on the north-west corner of the island.

Many of them are visible on the sides of heavily trafficked roads (although “heavily trafficked” is a relative concept in these areas), some others are situated in quieter zones, but all of them are easy to reach, in the wildest corners of Supramonte. The nuraghi of Su Nuraxi, just a few kilometres south-west of the Giara di Gesturi, is considered one of the most important complexes of its kind in Sardinia. It was built in 4 stages: the big central tower belongs to the 1st stage (XVI-XIV century b.c.); the bastion belongs to the 2nd stage (XIV-XII century b.c.), the support wall for the bastion belong to the 3rd stage (XIII-X century b.c.) and finally the construction of a village round the complex marked the 4th stage (X century b.c. and III century b.c.).

Also the Valley of nuraghi, in the area of Sassari, deserves a visit, especially the royal palace of Santu Antine, raised up in a territory populated since the pre-nuragic age, as proved by the presence of dolmen and domus de janas (in fact, the largest complex of this kind, Sant’Andrea Priu, is situated here).

The Valley is a plateau stretching between Torralba and Bonorva, crossed by an easy trail which permits to visit 15 interesting nuraghi in about 4/5 hours. But the hundreds of nuraghi present on the territory are all worth a visit, big or small, hidden in wild nature and confusing with the rocks and the landscape, standing still like guardians, protecting the eternal being of natural cycles.

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