SALINE CONTI VECCHI: THE STORY OF THE SALT MOUNTAINS OF CAGLIARI

It’s true, we’re at the right time, but the cover photo, is not a mountain of ice, but rather of salt. In December I visited the Saline Conti Vecchi. I took this photo from the tourist train while it took us around the large plant that is located a few kilometers from Cagliari. The Saline Conti Vecchi, are an example of how Sardinia, in the past, has experienced periods of great social emancipation and an economic and industrial development. Even today, they are in operation and keep intact the charm of a past that has much to tell. Entire families lived in the so-called “salt village“. This project was from the engineer Luigi Conti Vecchi. Luigi Conti Vecchi was originally…

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CHIARA VIGO, THE MASTER OF THE SEA THREAD – SANT’ANTIOCO

“I experienced a spell tonight.” This is the thought that I wrote and left in the guestbook in Chiara Vigo’s room. Chiara Vigo is the master of the sea thread, the bisso. The bisso or fabric of the sea is obtained from the precious Pinna Nobilis, a giant mollusk that can reach a meter and a half. This mollusk is a cross between a mussel and an oyster, and inside it has a cetacean gland that produces a kind of keratin collagen: a slime of keratin that spit molluscs due to the contraction and movement of the two valves. In contact with the water, this slime solidifies and produces a brown coating, similar to a shaved beard in the middle…

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AUTUMN EQUINOX AT THE SANCTUARY OF SANTA CRISTINA: THE EFFECT OF THE OVERTURNED SHADOW

Last September 22nd, during the days of the Autumn Equinox, I was at the well of Santa Cristina. . I arrived in the afternoon and, unfortunetely, I didn’nt see my shadow overturned. The day was right, but the sun, at that hour, was not aligned with the hole above the well roof. It is the sun, in fact, which filters the light into the well and, due to the refraction, the shadow reflects on the water, projecting its image with its head facing down. The Sanctuary of Santa Cristina is always a magical place. Every time I was there, I experienced a special familiarity. It dates back to the XI – IX century A.C. It was built in local basalt…

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TESTA DI POLPO, AGA KHAN’S REFUGE

Giardinelli Island is not a real island. It is a peninsula united to La Maddalena by a small isthmus. Giardinelli is a wild paradise where it is still possible to find quiet spaces within the tourist archipelago of the Maddalena. It was our refuge during our vacation. On the eastern side of the island Giardinelli is a dirt track leading up to its famous spiaggia Testa di Polpo (Beach Head of the Octopus), which in Sardinian language is called “Capocchia du Purpu” and which owes its name to the form of A rock that is in the same beach (very recognizable by its considerable size as can be seen in the first photo). This beach has very fine white sand…

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A WALK BY THE CASTLE OF CAGLIARI BETWEEN HISTORY AND ANECDOTES

Cagliari, my city, which I thought I knew so well, the other night gave me another nice emotion, I went on an afternoon tour through the streets of the Castle (Castello) district. The tour was organized by Trip Sardinia agency, which organizes events, tours and tours throughout the island. Thanks to a brilliant guide called Claudia, who started the tour at the Porta Cristina, the monumental arch that is the entrance to the Castello neighborhood. Porta Cristina (Cristina gate), as Claudia explains, became a monumental gateway in 1854 of the Savoy during the united Sardinian-Piedmont kingdom. Its previous name was Porta del Soccorso (Succor Door) because the castle is introduced through a tunnel excavated in the rock. During both the Pisa and Aragonese…

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ASINARA, A BEACH DAY IN FORNELLI

The island of Asinara is a unique place in the Mediterranean. It is an island that makes you feel a totally wild and primitive nature. The connection with the sea, the land, and the animals that inhabit the island is an experience almost impossible to recreate elsewhere. This is a large island, 51km2, so your visit must be planned in advance if you want to go on your own, depending on what we want to do since there are no roads, and walking through it is not easy since there is no Where to guard against the inclement weather. Another option is to hire an agency with everything organized where we can choose what type of visit we want to…

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JUNE

the heat of the daylight hours drops in the afternoon, average temperature of  27 °C,
little rain, sunny days almost 30 ..
All restaurants, beach resort, entertainment are open ..
What are you waiting for?

THE MAGIC OF NURAGHE LOSA

A nuraghe, in Sardinian nuraghe or nuraxi and in Italian nuraghi, is a type of megalithic building, and that go back to years previous to the 1000 a. C. They have become the symbol of Sardinia and its distinctive culture. The Nuraghe Losa is one of the highest expressions of Nurgica architecture due to its organic design, its compact shape and the sophistication of the construction techniques used. These constructions were inhabited even in the Iron Age. The Nuraghe is built with blocks of basalt, and consists of a tower and a wall in the form of clover around it. Comment of the tourist: There is no excuse for not visiting if you cross the island from north to south…

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TREKKING IN NEBIDA. AN IMPRESSIVE PATH

Nebida is part of the southwestern coast of Sardinia, and the town where the famous Pan di Zucchero (Sugar Loaf), the imposing limestone cliff faces the famous Porto Flavia mines. It is called the Green Coast of Sardinia, due to its wild nature, with long beaches and numerous coves that border the area, which make it even more impressive, the whole picture and in its perfection, when looking at the great rock. The beach of plag’e mesu (spiaggia di mezzo = middle beach) was our starting point. It is called this because it is located right in the middle of Funtanamare and Porto Paglia; And in fact, the beach is only one, but being so extensive, for convenience has been…

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BEFORE LEAVING. A RIDE FOR THE BACKSTREETS OF CARLOFORTE

An hour before I took the ferry which was to take me back to “the big island”, I wandered through the backstreets of Carloforte, following their way to the highest part of the town. Before that, I had only visited the top part in summer. Whether summer or winter, I always feel the same warm feeling when I am in Carloforte. The still fresh air feels nice on the face, which reminds me that as winter is coming to an end and while, I climb up and down the narrow streets to take pictures that reflect the everyday life of a place I especially like and That I like to know more and more deeply. There is a small church at…

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