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I Feudi della Medusa, first set up in 2000, extends over 50 hectares in Southern Sardinia, on an isthmus spreading between the lagoon and the sea, close by the ancient town of Nora (10th Century B.C.). According to classical mythology the town was founded by the hero Norax, son of the god Hermes and a descendant, on his mother’s side, of the deadly Medusa that gives her name to the firm. Here we’ll enjoy a tour in the cellar and a well deserved wine tasting.

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The WWF protected reservation of Monte Arcosu can be visited in the Sulcis Mountains in south-west Sardinia. The principal goal of this reservation is to protect the native Sardinian Deer in its natural habitat. The reservation is also well known for its naturally lush Mediterranean bush which contains all the species that grow in Sardinia, as well as for the splendid views that it offers and the secured footpaths. It is actually the ideal spot for those who enjoy outdoor excursions and activity.

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The ruins of the ancient city of Nora lie on the headland of Capo di Pula at about 30 km southwest of the city of Cagliari. Although the origins of Nora date back to the Nauraghic age, the city developed mainly thanks to the presence of the Phoenicians after 600 B.C. Nora was situated in a strategic position, an ideal landing place for vessels from both eastern and western directions. Nora was later conquered by the Carthaginians and finally by the Romans. It would seem that the city was inhabited up until the first Medieval period (700 A.D.) from what has been found in and around the ruins. Nora prospered mainly during the Phoenician-Punic era and became one of the most important cities of the southern Sardinian coast.

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The Cittadella of Museums in Cagliari is in fact a series of buildings which host the most important historic and artistic exhibitions pertaining to Cagliari and the rest of Sardinia. Among them: the National Archaeological Museum of Cagliari, the National Gallery, the Susini wax Museum, and the Museum of Siamese Arts. The Archaeological Museum is the most important in Sardinia because it hosts the major part of all the artifacts and other material excavated in the whole of Sardinia.

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Necropoli Tuvixeddu and "Grotta della Vipera"

The city of Cagliari can boast the presence on its territory of the largest Phoenician/Punic necropolis in terms of number of graves. The necropolis was first used during the Punic era (500 – 200 B.C.) and remained a burial site up to the Roman era. The “Tomba dell’Ureo” and the “Tomba del Combattente” are two of the most interesting Punic era tombs and are adorned by fresco paintings. The renowned ”Grotta della Vipera” lies on the slopes of Tuvixeddu hill and was built in the second century A.D. One of the most outstanding things about the tomb are the Latin and Greek inscriptions on the walls of the tomb which tell of a love story. The first archaeological excavations were carried out in the early 1900’s, but unexplored areas still remain today.

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The Is Zuddas grottos are a little over 15 km from the town of Teulada, on the south western coast of Sardinia. The grottos have formed in the calcareous rock of mount Meana and make a spectacular subterranean set which has been created by the natural movement of the sea water over millions of years. Of particular interest is the “sala dell’organo” (the organ chamber) which owes its name to the stalagmite/stalactite column that recalls an organ.

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The village of S. Sperate is often called the “Museum Town”, and it is a continuous discovering of artistic expression of a population, preserved in the splendid murals that adorn the houses and that surprise us from every corner of the street.

We walk through the narrow streets and looking at the beautiful paintings we try to understand what these street artists wanted to tell us.

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It is at the top of mount Cuidas, in the area of Villaputzu and you can get here by following the road for Castiadas and then road 125. You must then drive past Muravera and will reach the castle after about 79 kilometres. Go towards the coast, passed the bridge that crosses Frumini Durci and continue on foot to the top where you will admire the medieval castle that is very evocative although in ruins. It was built in the XIII century by the Giudicato of Cagliari and was seat of many land owners during the Spanish dominion. 

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The Park is a wetland covering a territory of about 1,600 hectares, delimited by the urban expansion of the Municipalities of Cagliari, Quartu S. Elena, Selargius, Quartucciu and by Poetto coastal area. It was established in 1999 with the aim to safeguard and enhance a site of international interest which was already recognized in 1977 by the Ramsar Convention as an important place for the stop, wintering, and nesting of several species of aquatic birds. The exceptional nature of the site is given by the presence of both freshwater and salty water basins separated by a flat area with mainly dry features, called Is Arenas. The freshwater areas include the ponds of Bellarosa Minore and Perdalonga, born as meteoric waters expansion basins. The salty water areas include the stretches of water of the former system of Cagliari Salt Pans, and in particular Bellarosa Maggiore or Molentargius (first evaporation pan), Stagno di Quartu (2nd and 3rd evaporation pans), the other salt pans (Cagliari salt pans), and Perda Bianca (former bittern collecting area).

 

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We will cross a large part of the fertile plane of the Campidano, among fields of grain, artichokes and vineyards in order to arrive at Villamar, a small village interesting for the visit of the murales. The tour will continue towards Barumini, near which the Nuragic complex of “Su Nuraxi” can be found. This archaeological site belongs to a period of great expansion of the Nuraghe civilization and represents its architectural styles.  This site is the most important and most well-conserved of the entire island.

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The Roman Amphitheatre in Cagliari, which was built in the second century D.C., is one of the most important and best maintained examples of Roman architecture. The theatre was in part built into the surrounding rocks, the rest being built up from scratch. All that remains today is the part that was built into rocks, of which it is possible to admire the seating tiers, the auditorium, the underground passages and the animal pit where the wild animals used in the performances were kept. The amphitheatre has been regularly used to accommodate concerts and shows during the summer season for a few years now.

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Capo Carbonara Marine Protected Area

The Area Marina Protetta of Capo Carbonara was established in 1998 and its main aim is the protection and exploitation of the natural resources pertaining to the coast and marine environment of the area. It is located in south-east Sardinia around the town of Villasimius and caters for excursions on foot where it is possible to take walks through woods surrounded by lush Mediterranean bush. It is also possible to take underwater exploration excursions in the beautifully clear waters where various species of Mediterranean fish can be admired and where their numbers are on the increase.

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The Parco dei Sette Fratelli is also another interesting place for excursions and outdoor activity on foot, and indeed just for getting away from it all. The park lies in Castiadas, the South-Sastern area of the Province of Cagliari. The hills in the park are no higher than 1000m and part of the original fauna is still present to this day and consists of 350 different species.

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