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Review of Su Nuraxi Barumini

Su Nuraxi Barumini
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Barumini Unesco Site and Giara of Gesturi Half-day Tour from Cagliari
Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Barumini
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This historic town is well-known for the "Nuraghe Su Nuraxi," a megalithic complex built by the Nuragic people 3,500 years ago, which served as a fortified dwelling against invaders.
Rovellasca, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“very interesting”
Reviewed August 8, 2012

Very interesting but buy the full ticket so that you can see the close by spanish house built on other ruins in the centre of town. Most people didnt bother but it was well worth it

Visited August 2012
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“Well worth makiing the effort!”
Reviewed April 7, 2012

As it's a UNESCO world heritage site, I thought this must be worth having a look at - and wasn't disappointed. When we arrived, I did think it might be a let-down, but that's because the ruined central towers are visible but not the many smaller habitations which surround it. Access is only available through guided tours, and there are only a few descriptions of selected elements of the ruins. However, our guide gave a very detailed explanation throughout (though she didn't ask whether we understood Italian before she started - luckily I do!). She also very successfully engaged the two little boys in our group, getting them to have a go at milling grain and other things, which made me think that it wouldn't be impossible to take children with you although this is quite a long tour.

Afterwards, there are two restaurants quite nearby, and a cafe just over the road.

Visited April 2012
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Porto, Portugal
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“a must to see”
Reviewed April 2, 2012

a must to see but with a guide that explain us everything. indispensable to have a guide. very interesting and well preserved. even more interesting bearing in mind that this is something prehistoric. worth the trip.

Visited March 2012
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Leiden, The Netherlands
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“Barumini, an area filled with archaeological richness”
Reviewed June 27, 2011

Since my hubby's thesis was about 'nuraghi- miniatures', Barumini was a place we could not skip during our visit of Southern- Sardegna. (Nuraghi are big, megalithe tower-like buildings ,18-15th century BC, the miniatures are small replica's from 9/8th century BC)

First of all: by all means, get a car! Visiting Barumini by public transportation is nothing short of a military operation doomed to fail....(especially offseason)

Of course there was the settlement of Su Nuraxi, a grand Nuraghe- complex which makes you feel small, considering they built this 3500 years ago (but how?) Part of the tour was in English, but it helps understanding the structure if you read up on it before visiting (when you're interested: don't hesitate to ask me what to read. Also: visit the website of Su Nuraxi excavations. It's also available in English and helps you understand the structure).

At the site you can buy a combination- ticket: please do!

With this ticket you can visit the Lilliu Centre (about 200 mtr. from Su Nuraxi, opposite, Lilliu was one of the most famous archaeologists of Sardinia). They have an exposition on Maritime Archaeology, excavations in the surrounding area and... the Nuraghi- miniatures!

Drive even further into town and again with the same ticket you can visit Casa Zapata, a museum about the history of Barumini. This 16th century palace was, as excavations during restauration have discovered, built on another Nuraghe (Nurax e' Cresia),which now can be see onderneath the floors of the palace. The museum also shows the history of the Zapata family and part of the museum shows etnographical objects and typical Sardinian musical instruments.

Bordering Barumini there's the small town of Villanovafranca, where there's another great Nuraghe: Su Mulinu with this great roman Altar which partly looks like... a miniature nuraghe! Villanovafranca also has an archaeological museum.

If you still haven't seen enough: visit Villanovaforru, with the Nuraghe Genna Maria and archaeological museum.

Visited June 2011
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“When in Barumini , more than the Nuraxi !”
Reviewed January 11, 2011

If you have just planned a trip from Cagliari or from another town to Barumini, to the most famous Nuraghe of Sardinia, please change your trip plan and add at least other three or four hours. In fact there are two other wonderful sites to visit: The Old Casa Zapata,in which there are wonderful ruins of another Nuraghe construction, plus many ancient objects, a small folklore museum and a Launedds one, related to one of the most ancient music instrument in the world. If you have ot enough time, please visit the newest Centro di servizi Culturali "Giovanni Lilliu", named after he discoverer of the ancient Nuraghe of Barumini. It is a Cultural Centre with shops, exhibitions and a small pub and services.

Visited November 2010
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