Environmental beauties

The island’s charming castles and towers command vast horizons and today serenely offer far-reaching panoramas.
The events connected with construction tell the stories of the Giudicati (independent organisations of the Sardinian Middle Ages), decisive for the culture of Sardinia, in particular for the legal and linguistic codes: those of the Ligurian and Tuscan lords played a vast role in the same Medieval age, until the conquest by the Aragonese. This and the later Spanish domination marked the Sardinian coastlines with hundreds of towers served by garrisons who watched over both sea and inland area. This Sardinia and this territory reveal themselves in the internal landscapes, which are deep and under-populated. The warm colours, at times sharp during summer, are always special and offer the eye reds and yellows, shades of hazelnut and tobacco, green spaces of wood and forest. It is wonderful to travel itineraries that reveal the territory not by monuments and analogous times, or road contiguities, but by indicating natural elements such as the lakes and rivers.
If the sacred fountain of Su Lumarzu, in Rebeccu (Bonorva) speaks of magical and beneficial influences on visitors, and the Roman baths in Bultei of rest and care of self, the Church of S. Lussorio di Romana speaks of an ancient story of healing, around an originally craggy shrine. In the territory, other places are a reminder of Pre-Christian healing. Water mills in Siligo and Osilo, with spectacular landscapes in the valle di S. Lorenzo, and in Siligo, where together with the water- powered fulling mills they tell the story of work, bread and fabrics. Up to the twentieth century, which gives back architectonic modules of urban decor like in the fountain in Bultei and that in Villanova Monteleone (Su Paradisu fountain), remembered by the great poet Remundu Piras.