Municipality of Benetutti
Brief notes on the town:
Benetutti, town of the province of Sassari, rises on the slopes of the granite plateau of Buddusò and its territory descends slowly to the high valley of the River Tirso. The presence of thermal fountains and its many historical and archaeological treasures make this town one of the greatest centres for tourism and culture. Steadfast in its traditions, Benetutti continues the handmade production of bread and local desserts, as well as the production of wine and oil. Craftwork, such as weaving, the production of wrought iron objects and stone working, merge the traditional with the modern. Alongside the extensive evidence of the presence of human settlements since the Neolithic period, are the Roman archaeological sites. The religious buildings, which are numerous in the area, are evidence of the deep devotion of the population that is confirmed by the rites of religious festivals and by the different celebrations, which still play an important part in community life.
The primary economic activities of the area are cattle breeding and agriculture (olive growing and winegrowing). Tertiary activities also exist, and the best known are the exploitation of thermal waters and catering as well as craftwork activities, above all family-run, which offer local products highly appreciated by connoisseurs and not only.
The origins of Benetutti date from very remote times, and this is demonstrated by the different remains dating from the prehistoric time present in the area, as well as sites which have now become of archaeological interest. In particular, the Tomb of Mount Maone dates human presence in the town’s territory from at least the third millennium B.C. A large number of all types of monuments present in Sardinia are found here: domus de Janas, dolmen, menhir, tombs of the giants and nuraghi. During their domination, the Romans exploited the thermal springs of San Saturnino in full. Evidence of this is reported by Tolomeo, a celebrated geographer, who lived in the II century. In the book entitled “Introd. Geografica" he extols the "Aquae Lesitanae". At the top of the hill from where the thermal water flows, above the remains of a preceding Nuragic construction, stands the small ancient Church of S. Saturnino, perhaps one of the first to be built in Sardinia by the Pisans. In the Judicial period, the Gocean was part of the Giudicato of the Logudoro (independent orgranisation of the Sardinian Middle Ages). During the Aragonese domination Benetutti suffered great depopulation due to famine and pestilence. When the Piedmontese settled in Sardinia they had to tackle a difficult situation aggravated by banditry.
Traditions and events:
|Feast of Saint Anthony and su Fogu||Genoa square||January 16|
|Feast of the Cherries||Urban centre||May-June|
|Ecological Walk||Locality of Feddile||May 1|
|Football tournament||Football pitch of Via Marconi||July-August|
|Feast of Saint Helen Empress||Urban centre||August 18|
|Feast of Saint Rosalia||Urban centre||October 17|
|Go-kart event||Genoa square||October|