SHORT GUIDE OF VILLACIDRO
Villacidro, “Il paese d’ombre” (the village of shadows) of Giuseppe Dessi, one of Sardinia’s most famous writers, is an área rich in legends and tales. In this mountain village, surrounded
by olive and citrus groves and a beautiful pine forest but whose greatest resources are the oak forests and wild and unspoiled nature. The Villacidro mountains are a popular destination for hikers and outdoor lovers who are attracted by breathtaking views, deep canyons, majestic waterfalls and paths marked by shepherds and charcoal burners, who have inhabited these places for hundreds of years.The area of the national forest Monti Mannu is crossed also by many trails used for mountain bike races and triathlons both national and international. From this forest you can reach the heights of Monte Linas, which is the highest point ofsouthern Sardinia (1236 m). Also, in these mountains there are valuable endemic species, including the montelinasanum Helichrysum, growing among the rocks which are covered withsmall white flowers in spring.
In terms of wildlife there is the golden eagle, the Sardinian deer, the peregrine falcon, the wild boar and the marten. The Forest of Monti Mannu has rich mineral resources as evidenced by the Canale Serci mine, a very important and unique tin ore deposit of Sardinia, exploited during the Bronze Age by prehistoric people who produced the bronze from the pond and copper. Not far from Canale Serci is the prehistoric village of Matzanni where you can visit three sacred wells and a Punic temple built with large blocks of limestone in an elevated position so you can enjoy impressive views; the Gulf of Cagliari, the island of St. Peter, the Gennargentu mountains and the Campidano plain. The park of San Sisinnio is also interesting; it is home to majestic olive trees around the country church of San Sisinnio that are a thousand years old. One of the most important resources of Villacidro is olive oil, which Sardinia has been promoting recently, offering wine tasting tours and dedicated museums. The awards won by numerous local oils confirm their excellent quality. The Italian certification DOP (protected designation origin) is assigned only to certain limited areas in other parts of Italy but in Sardinia it is open to the entire production of the Island.