Listen to the sound of tradition, discover the island starting from the world of gestures, forms and colours of weaving and then land on the diverse world of the viticulture of Carignano del Sulcis.
1. Ethnographic Museum
Come to know the typical tools used in the ancient mancrafts. You can find them in Su Magasinu de su Binu, an old meeting point of the inhabitants of Is Gruttas district. It hosts an exhibit dedicatedto viticulture and other many handcrafted activities. Of particular interest is the Pinna Nobilis, a big mollusk from which the fibre of Bisso was extracted.
2. Hypogeum Village
Immerse yourself in the 20th century, reliving a day in Is Gruttas district, an important piece of history characterised by a repopulation of the island in these particular dwellings, once Punic tombs.
3. Weaving workshops
Here you can observe the work of skillful artisans who preserve and hand down the ancient tradition of the weaving school of Italo Diana and the making of the Bisso, the precious fiber of Pinna Nobilis.
4. Is Nuus Nous
Admire Is Nuus Nous by the artist Giorgio Casu, a piece of street art right in the centre of the town. It is meant to pay homage to the island’s handicraft tradition in a contemporary language.
5. Cantina Sardus Pater
Taste a glass of Carignano DOC, the wine produced in our island, straight from the winemaker.
6. Tasting experience
End your itinerary with a tasting experience in the vineyard and taste the local products in an intimate and cosy atmosphere under the hues of the sunset sky.
Listen to the sound of the sea, through which the Great Sailors of the Ancient Mediterranean Sea arrived on the Island and founded one of the earliest cities of central-western Mediterranean Sea. By admiring ancient objects, sail through the paths of our history and land on a sensory experience between the lagoon system and the delicacies given by the sea of the Gulf of Palmas.
The Archeological Museum “Ferruccio Barreca” is the depository of the history of the island and leads the visitors through a journey in the past between tales and testimonies of ancient civilizations. Get to know through guided tours the Phoenician origins of Sulky, the most ancient city of Italy, and the events that made it an important commercial centre of the Mediterranean.
The Museum of Sea and Shipwrights preserves the knowledge of naval carpentry and inside you can learn the importance of natural habitats, incredibly precious for the preservation of the plant and animal species. After the visit you can go around in an unmissable canoe trip in the lagoon and closely admire the most precious resource we have: the sea.
3. Roman Bridge
In the past, this strategic architectural work connected the island of Sant’Antioco to Sardinia. Used until some decades ago, now it proudly stands at the entrance of the town to welcome whoever comes to the island.
The structure of the Saltwork was built in the ‘60s for industrial purposes thanks to the connection of the existing coastal lagoons. You can visit the site through guided tours and see a close up ofthe dazzling salt mountains, the small ponds and many species of avifauna living there, like the greater flamingo, the black-winged stilt and the avocet.
5. Su Para e Sa Mongia
Raised during the Neolithic Age in the present isthmus of Sant’Antioco, the two menhirs of “the Priest and the Nun” were strictly connected to the divine sphere.
6. Themed menu
Taste the best products of our sea through a specific menu that you can find in Sant’Antioco restaurants.
Listen to the sound of the wild wind and delve into the world of invasions and raids of the Mediterranean pirates, the terrifying Saracens. Explore the most important sites designed to defend and control our coasts and lands and relive the most compelling and concealed episodes of our past through the official historical sources.
1. Su Pisu Fort
Last defensive bastion of Sant’Antioco, built between 1813 and 1815 to defend the village from the barbaric pirates.
2. Historical archive
A chest with an enormous treasure inside made of information and details, telling the history of Sant’Antioco during the last 300 years
3. Nuraghe S’Ega de Marteddu
One of the most impressive nuraghi of the island, it controlled the access to the Gulf of Palmas and the key landing point of Maladroxia.
4. Serra is Tres Portus
A wonderful nature trail completely immersed into the Mediterranean scrub, between archaeological testimonies and enchanting landscapes. Here, you can find many wild plants, among which the rare endemic orchid called Ophrys x Maladroxiensis, just one of the more than 60 species of
orchids you can see through the flora of the island.
5. Torre Canai
Built in 1757, it represented the first defensive building against the invaders: the French revolutionaries in 1783, then the Saracens with their last raids in the first part of the 19h century.
6. Themed menu
Taste our culinary specialty, between typical products and exotic influences.
Listen to the sou d of the sunset and the West wind. The heritage of our past tells a story of rites and beliefs related to the afterlife: majestic structures and underground passages narrate eternalised social and individual memories. Breath the scent of incense and the sacredness of ritual libations, for deeply impressed experiences of renewal and rebirth.
The Punic Necropoli of Is Pirixeddus is part of an enormous funerary system extended under the historical centre of Sant’Antioco. Made of at least a thousand of hypogeous tombs, the precious finds connected to the burial rituals can be found today inside the Archaeological Museum. Here, you can enter an underground world dating back to 2500 years ago, made of ancient rites, ancestral worships and social bonds.
2. Basilica and Catacombs
The St. Antioco Martyr Basilica, built around the 5th century, is one of the oldest monuments in Sardinia and first episcopal see of the Sulcis Iglesiente Diocese. It rises on the tomb of the Saint, on a system of Christian Catacombs built from the faithful around his remains; it shows unique frescos, inscriptions and particular types of tombs all to be discovered with a guided tour
3. Sa Presonedda
It is an important funerary monument showing the fusion between Punic and Roman elements, dating back to II-I century BC. Symbol of prestige, it is was used for the burial of noble members of the Roman Sulci. Even if it is not possible to visit it, you can admire it from Via Eleonora D’Arborea.
4. Grutti ‘e Acqua and Tomb of the Giant
One of the most fascinating nuragic complexes of the island is that of Grutti ‘e Acqua, characterized by a natural pond and the remains of the village developed around the impressive nuraghe. Not so far, you will find a well temple that suggests the close relationship between the place and the cult of water, and Su Niu‘e Su Crobu Tomb of Giants, wonderful burial example of the Nuragic era, perfect for visiting at sunset taking advantage of the many excursions organised by our guides, on horseback or by quod for adventure lovers.
5. Nido dei Passeri and Mangiabarche Lighthouse
Located on the western coast, the sea stacks of Nido dei Passeri stand in front of a 20 metres high cliff overlooking the sea. A wild place from where it is possible to admire the island of San Pietro and the Mangiabarche Lighthouse. From there, you can see the endless skyline, where the sun slowly disappears at sunset giving the sky spectacular pinkish shades. A unique place, perfect for being in harmony with nature.
6. Yoga at sunset
For lovers of meditation and relaxation, Sant’Antioco offers many perfect places to practise the yoga discipline: from the green areas of the Archaeological Museums to the magical scenery of Cala Sapone, Is Pruinis and Grutti ‘e Acqua. You can do it on your own or through courses organised by our professional instructors.