Gerrei and Trexenta
Historical and artistic traces go back above all to the prehistoric period;
the region preserves some of the most attractive and significant monuments
of the Nuraghic civilization. The route has frequent ups and downs with
continuous curves. The altitude is generally of about 400-500 m.
Leaving Cagliari in direction of Dolianova, you cross one of the most
important Sardinian wine regions. Arrived at Dolianova, signs indicate the
road for the church San Pantaleo and for the splendid cathedral of the
ancient Dolia diocese, one of the masterpieces of Romanic art in Sardinia.
The road climbs on a desolate steppe landscape in direction of San Nicoḷ
Gerrei; just before reaching the town, at the beginning of the Goni
deviation, the road carries to Silius, where, after about 10 Km on the left
appears the necropolis of Pranu Mutteddu, an important rest of Neolithic
civilization in Sardinia. Of particular interest are the domus de janas
graves, dug in large sandstone blocks carried from far away to the centre of
a large circle with menhir. The long line of menhir is orientated along the
course of the sun.
From Silius it is possible to return directly on the government street and
reach San Nicoḷ Gerrei. The region is wedged through the mountains of
Sarrabus and the Flumendosa gole and it offers panoramic closes of heavy
Continuing towards Escalaplano you pass through a wild zone, attended by
predatories, which arrives up to the Flumendosa. With the arrival at
Escalaplano we are in the Nuoro province. On the road for Orroli very
important rests of the Nuraghic civilization have been found: the Orrubiu
Nuraghe, where the ruins of the imposing stronghold extend on an area of
three hectares. It is possible to admire the 5 great towers which dominate
The government street continues in direction of Nurri and Serri where you
will find the area of the important Santa Vittoria Nuraghic village. More
than a real village it is a sanctuary as the sacred well shows and the
numerous small bronzes which now are preserved in the Cagliari museum.
A deviation deserves the nuraghe Is Paras of Isili, in the north periphery
of the country. Arrived at Suelli, don't miss to visit the ex cathedral of
San Giorgio which still preserves many Romanic elements.