Sagama is a little village in the Planargia region, located about 55 kilometers north from Oristano. The village, inhabited by less than 200 persons, is immersed in the picturesque vineyards and forests. However, the small town is also an important historical place, inhabited in the past by the ancient Nuragic civilization, which lived in Sardinia in the Bronze Age. Scientists believe that the Nuragic were an endemic Sardinian civilization, which did not inhabit any other part of the world. The beginning of their presence is registered at around 1800 BCE, whereas the end corresponds to the arrival of the Romans in 238 BCE. While visiting Sagama and surroundings, you will learn more about the millennial history of the island, its fascinating culture and traditions.
Sagama, the center of a nuraghe crown
Sagama is located on a hill in the valley called Badd’e Sagama, in the middle of an ancient nuraghe crown. Originally, the crown was composed of nine nuraghe, megalithic constructions erected in the Bronze Age. Nowadays, we can still admire the remains of six of them, called Funtanedda, Nuratolu, Molineddu, Muristene, Mura de Ganes and Pascialzos. Other important constructions of the nuragic times in the area are funeral monuments, like the Giants’ Tombs in Triganino, Sa Costa-Triganinu, Terra d’Onore or Fakkiganu. The territory registers also traces of the Roman era, among which burials, coins or roof tiles, and a menhir Sa Pedra Marmurada in Mura Pianu. While visiting Sagama, do not miss the churches of Santa Croce and of Virgine del Carmelo, as well as the parish church of San Gabriele Arcangelo from the 17th century.
Known for the beautiful murals decorating walls of the buildings, the zodiac fountain and asphodel baskets, Tinnura is a small village of 247 inhabitants, located in the Planargia region, an area mostly belonging to the province of Oristano. The village is in fact an ‘open-air’ museum of modern art, which will enchant you with picturesque murals painted on the facades of the houses, admired every year by Italian and foreign tourists. The name of the village has pre-Roman origin and derives from thinnías, the plant of thorny rush which grows in the nearby rivers. The patron saint is Saint Anna, celebrated on July 26th with religious and civil rites. Another heartfelt feast takes place at the beginning of September and is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin of Remedy.
The murals of Tinnura
While walking around Tinnura you will discover numerous murals covering walls of the buildings. These paintings of great artistic quality represent scenes from the daily life of the community, images of denunciation, suffering and hopes. The origin of the Saridnian murals comes from the social discomfort of the 60s. As the times passed, the murals became a tool to tell the history of the small local realities of the island. The small village of Tinnura, in the province of Oristano, has to offer an extraordinary example of murals that tell the life of its inhabitants in pictures, depicted with an incredible realism. As a matter of fact, every gesture and expression is taken care of in the smallest details, the walls of the buildings come alive and become the stage of memory. The little village is worth a visit, it will leave you speechless.
The region of Planargia, located on the east-north of Sardinia, hides numerous little villages of particular beauty and fascinating history. One of them is Tresnuraghes, a village inhabited by about 1,200 people, located ten kilometers south from Bosa. This centuries-old town will help you to discover many interesting facts about Sardinian history and culture.
Tresnuraghes, the village of three nuraghes
The name of the village comes from its vicinity to three nuraghes, ancient constructions built by the Nuragic civilization which inhabited Sardinia until the second century BC. From the three original constructions, only the remains of one of them survived until our times. In the surroundings of the village there are also other important buildings from the nuragic era, like the nuraghes Tepporo, Martine and Nani, as well as an ancient grave called the tomb of giants.
While walking around the village take your time to visit the parochial church of Saint George Martyr (chiesa di San Giorgio Martire) and other temples in the area. Do not miss also the museum called Casa Deriu, where you will discover more about life of the bourgeois Sardinian families, see authentic furniture of the previous inhabitants of the building as well as a collection of roughly 1000 volumes published between the 17th and the 20th century. In the surroundings of Tresnuraghes, around five kilometers from the village, you will find the Torre Foghe, a watchtower built on the mount Riu Mannu during the Spanish domination. In the past, the watchtower Torre Foghe, together with the watchtowers of Ischia Ruja and Columbargia made up the coastal warning system of the area.