Tiscali, Nuragic Village in the Heart of Ancient Sardinia

A journey into the heart of the supramonte between Dorgali and Oliena to discover a hidden prehistoric village: Tiscali
Bell placed at the entrance of Tiscali
Sergio Atzori
Sergio Atzori
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Discovering , a trip to Sardinia in the heart of the supramonte between Dorgali and Oliena to discover a hidden prehistoric village: the archaeological site of Tiscali

What is Tiscali?

The question may seem strange but the truth is that there are more answers

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The juxtaposition of images evoked by the name Tiscali is curious. On the one hand an ancestral place, on the other a reference to technological solutions

Tiscali Valley View
Tiscali Valley View

Tiscali, the timeless place

Tiscali is a Nuragic village located in the heart of Sardinia in the province of Nuoro. The archaeological site is located on the eponymous Mount Tiscali between the Supramonte of Oliena and the Supramonte of Dorgali. It is a gigantic karst sinkhole within which you can see the remains of the famous Nuragic village.

It is a difficult place to describe because it is very different from the life one is used to in big cities. It is a timeless place where one breathes an amazing convergence of ancestral traditions and emotions.

The landscape offers incredible and very varied views. A breathtaking views of Mount Corrasi, the lush Lanaittu Valleya series of gorges with imposing cliffs, cengie caves and ravines, resurgences among holm oaks, junipers and centuries-old olive trees shaped by the wind.

On the way to the village, between rock passages and viewpoints, one can admire a multitude of typical plants of Sardinia and sometimes even make special encounters with the animals that inhabit the mountain. 

Tiscali is an unforgettable mountain to discover.


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Where Tiscali is located

The exact location of the archaeological site of Tiscali with the nuragic village is on Mount Tiscali located between the municipalities of Dorgali and Oliena in the heart of the supramonte. The coordinates N 40.241618, E 9.491576. This locality is located between the Lanaittu Valley and Oddoene Valley not far as the crow flies from the spectacular Gorropu Gorge.

Mount Tiscali is also about 15-20 minutes' drive from the famous Su Gologone spring. The archaeological site can only be reached on foot through the path that climbs the mountain.

The excursion to Ticali is a mountain trip that allows you to discover an unusual Sardinia, far from the coast and the beaches.

The Tiscali Village

Tiscali is a place with a mysterious and suggestive atmosphere where time has truly stood still. On the rock face of the doline opens alarge window overlooking the valley of Lanaittu. The remains of the village of Tiscali are hidden from view and become visible only when one enters the doline.

Within the settlement, the remains of many prehistoric huts and dwellings are visible. The location of the village is far from the coast with a single access that is easy to control and difficult to reach. These characteristics have made the village of Tiscali a safe haven, a perfect hiding place for the people who inhabited Sardinia.

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Discover a karstic sinkhole

A sinkhole is simply a closed basin, a 'valleywhich is normally generated in the presence of rocks of limestone origin. There are various types of sinkholes. The sinkhole where the village of Tiscali stands presumably originated from the collapse of the vault of a huge cave in ancient times. The landslide is still visible today and has been entirely colonised by local flora.

How to get to Tiscali

There are several ways to get to the slopes of Mount Tiscali, one of which is through the valley of Lainattu which can be reached by car. The last few kilometres before the parking areas are covered along a dirt road.

After leaving the car, continue on foot following the red and white CAI - Club Alpino Italiano - signs, where marked paths are indicated. The ascent on foot to reach the archaeological site takes about two hours. 

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Although the trail is marked, it is generally better not to improvise as an explorer. Rely on experienced guides and use appropriate clothing.

Excursions to Tiscali

All excursions to discover Tiscali, whether they are carried out independently or are organised trips last almost a whole day, so it is best to leave organised with food and water, the ascent on foot takes about 2 hours.

What to bring

It is very useful to bring a hat to protect yourself from the sun and also a windbreaker or clothing to cover yourself once you reach the summit. Bring comfortable walking shoes and cash to pay the entrance fee to the archaeological site. If you are not experienced in hiking, hire local guides who will organise the whole day and make it an unforgettable experience.

Tiscali entry prices

Admission to the archaeological site is subject to a fee. To enter the doline, the ticket is € 5.00 per person for adults and € 2.50 for children (7 to 12 years) and seniors (from 70 years). The archaeological site is manned throughout the year, in autumn and winter the site is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in spring and summer from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.A special job: once you enter the archaeological site, you will find a guide who serves at the site every day 'going to work' by walking the path to the top of the mountain. The path that the guide follows to go to work on foot takes about 40 minutes and winds its way through a unique natural setting.

What to do in and around Dorgali

In the area of Dorgali and Oliena there are many operators that organise and carry out trekking excursions and there are cooperatives that provide guides to Tiscali. Also in the area are the Archaeological Museum of Dorgali - well worth a visit - and the Cave of Ispinigolivery impressive. In the dintrons you can also visit the resurgence of Su Gologone and the country of Cala Gonone and take a trip to the Golfo di Orosei.

Tiscali: some frequently asked questions

The hike takes approximately the whole day. It takes about 2 hours to reach the archaeological site on foot along an uphill path. The visit to the archaeological site with the nuragic village has a variable duration, the average time is approximately 30 minutes. After the visit there is usually a stop for refreshments with a packed lunch (sandwiches and dried fruit are recommended). After admiring the landscape, the descent begins, which takes about two hours.

The excursion is suitable for all people who are in good physical health, including children (best from 6-8 years of age) as long as they are used to walking. If they are infants, it is necessary to have a children's hiking backpack, water and clothing to protect them from sun and wind. Bear in mind that you are outdoors for the whole day and that there are no toilets.

Please consider carefully whether or not this experience is suitable for the child you are planning to take with you, as the walk up the path takes about 2 hours. After the walk to the archaeological site there is a visit to the nuragic village - this takes about 30-45 minutes. Then begins the descent down the path which will take about 2 hours.

Once you have driven along the dirt road through the Lainattu valley, you reach the slopes of the mountain. Park the car in the clearing and continue on foot, following the red and white signs of the CAI - Club Alpino Italiano.

The entrance fee to the archaeological site is € 5.00 per person for adults and € 2.50 for children (7 to 12 years) and seniors (70 years and older).

The archaeological site is open and manned all year round, in autumn and winter opening hours are from 9 am to 5 pm, in spring and summer from 9 am to 7 pm.

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