Urban itineraries

They are cycling or pedestrian paths that start inside the towns or nearby.

The paths wind from the town centers and link archaeological, historical, cultural, and environmental resources that are located in each of the eleven towns.  Along the streets of the historical centers, it is easy to recognize the traditional structure of rural houses, which have a courtyard enclosed by an impressive and often well-preserved portal. The routes are accompanied by the following information:

-       Type of trail (pedestrian or cycling/pedestrian);

-       Length (in kilometers);

-       Estimated travel time (in minutes), excluding the visits to individual resources;

-       Difficulty (low, medium, high);

-       Link to download the map

The different stops (points of interest) along the paths are highlighted in bold. They include archaeological resources (nuraghes, sacred wells, Domus de Janas, Roman roads), parish churches, cultural centers or museums, historic buildings, ancient trees, gardens and parks, scalas that give access to the Giara, and geological sites of interest.

 

The Strada Provinciale 35 passes through the center of Albagiara, becoming Via Cagliari once it reaches the entrance of the town. Along this road, you can leave your car to begin the journey on foot.

Still going along Via Cagliari, at the intersection with Via Mazzini, you will find the Mallocci House, a typical rural house of the Marmilla that houses The Ethnographic and Archaeological Museum.

After visiting the museum, keep going along Via Cagliari until the intersection with Via Garibaldi and Piazza Concordia, where you can see the Church of San Sebastiano.

Take Via Garibaldi, continue along Via Cavour, and turn right onto Via Aldo Moro. After about 100 meters, at the intersection with Via San Pietro, you will arrive at the Church of San Pietro, located just outside of the town.

To return to the starting point, cross the old town by staying on Via San Pietro and then taking Via Mazzini.

The area of Su Padenti, which is a municipal structure where local celebrations and festivals are held, is within the territory of Albagiara. The area is covered by a charming cork and oak forest.

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Modalità di percorrenza:
walking
Tempo:
15 min
Lunghezza:
0.7 km
Difficoltà:
easy

Strada Provinciale 442 leads to the entrance of Assolo. To begin the trail, take Via Umberto and then Via Santa Lucia, which will bring you to the Church of San Sebastiano the Martyr.

Turn right, take Via Roma, and continue along Via Arborea until the intersection with Via Cagliari. Keep going straight on Via Cagliari and, at the junction, turn left onto Via Umberto. After about 50 meters, take the municipal road Via Melis Bingia to enter the countryside of Assolo, where you will find the next stop. (It is recommended to use the bicycle from this point on.). After about a kilometer, you will reach Strada Statale 442. After passing it, take Strada Provinciale 38, which leads to the Church of Santa Lucia and Nuraghe Santa Lucia.

There are two options for returning to the starting point. You can go back, following the same route,  or you can turn right on the dirt road before the church and turn left at the intersection. After 500 meters, you will reach Strada Statale 442 at the entrance of the town.

In the area of Assolo, near the foot of the Giara, it is worth mentioning Scala Cabirada, a natural pedestrian path that leads to the top of the plateau.

 

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Modalità di percorrenza:
walking and cycling
Tempo:
80 minutes (20 minutes by bike)
Lunghezza:
4.3 km
Difficoltà:
easy

To start the walking trail, you can leave your car along Strada Provinciale 16, near the intersection with Via San Pietro. One you park your car, take Via San Pietro, following it for about 180 meters, and then turn right onto Via Chiesa to find the Church of Santa Barbara the Virgin and Martyr, located in the homonymous square.

Going along the same street, on the corner of Via Don Luigi Sturzo, you can see the Giara Horse Museum, which is in typical house with a central courtyard. It is a research and preservation center for the historical memory of the territory.

Going back to the intersection and heading west on Via Don Luigi Sturzo, after a few meters, turn onto Via Padre Melis. Take the first right onto Via Santa Barbara and then left onto Via Monte to leave the town center. Keep going straight to reach Santu Antine, a volcanic relief that features different layers of lava. After about 350 meters, you will see the Paleontological and Archaeological Center, which hosts educational workshops for children.

Behind the Paleontological and Archaeological Center, there is a path that leads to the summit of the hill of Santu Antine, where you will find ruins that date back to various historical periods.

Modalità di percorrenza:
walking
Tempo:
40 minutes
Lunghezza:
1.4 km
Difficoltà:
medium

To begin the journey on foot, you can leave your car along the first stretch of Strada Provinciale 45, which runs through the town center.

At the intersection with Via Nuova, turn right and keep going along Via Nuraghe San Marco where, at the intersection with Via San Marco, the Church of San Marco is located. On the opposite side of the same street, you will see Nuraghe San Marco. Near this monument, which has been the subject of several excavations conducted by the Ministry of Heritage and Cultural Activities, fragments of roof tiles and various pottery have been found.

To get to the next stop, continue along Via Nuraghe San Marco, taking the ring road, and pass through the forest of olive trees that is located on the outskirts of the town. Continue along the ring road until you pass Via San Domino and, after about 20 meters, turn left to reach the Church of San Domino. A few steps away from it, you will see the parish church of Santa Maria.

To return to the starting point, take Via Chiesa, turn left onto Via San Giuliano, and then left again onto Via San Gaspare. Going along Via San Gaspare, you will reach the stretch of Strada Provinciale 45 where your car is parked.

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Modalità di percorrenza:
walking
Tempo:
30 minutes
Lunghezza:
1.6 km
Difficoltà:
medium-low

Strada Statale 197 runs through the center of Gesturi. It is advisable to leave your car along this road, near the first houses of the village, to start the journey on foot. Alternatively, you can leave your car in the parking lot behind the town hall.

The first stop on the trail is the Church of San Sepolcro, which is located on Strada Statale 197, opposite Vico Nazionale.

Head south on Strada Statale 197, turn right onto Via Fra Nicola, and then take an immediate left to visit the Church of Santa Teresa d'Avila, whose 30-meter-high bell tower is clearly visible from anywhere in Gesturi.

Going back to the intersection and continuing for a few meters, you will reach The House of Arts and Crafts, which houses a significant permanent exhibition of creations by local artists and artisans.

Still going along Via Fra Nicola, you will find Fra Nicola’s House and Birthplace, a typical rural house, after about 170 meters.

Continue on Via Fra Nicola until you return to the state road, follow it for about 80 meters, and then turn right onto Via Cimitero until you reach the Church of the Madonna del Rosario and the adjoining Saint Sebastian Cemetery, located just outside of the...

Modalità di percorrenza:
walking
Tempo:
20 minutes
Lunghezza:
0.9 km
Difficoltà:
easy