Sulcis Iglesiente is a land full of history and priceless cultural treasures. The whole area gathers a huge mining heritage, protected by UNESCO, that used to be the heart of mining activities of the last centuries in Italy. Many mining sites can be found in the region, for example the Monteponi mine, in the area near Iglesias, established by Savoia was one of the most important mines in the island. During Fascism mining activity reached its peak, in particular coal mine of Sebariu near Carbonia, city founded in that age, employed workers from all around Italy. Since 2006, as a result of a project for the recovery and development of the site, the mine has become Coal Mining Museum, managed by CICC (Italian Center for Coal Culture). The mine of Rosas near Narcao is a remarkable site active until 1980 today has been transformed into touristic place.
In the area there are also numerous archeological sites dating to different ages and dominations. The past of the region is still alive in some structure very well preserved. There are many domus de janas, prehistoric burial structures, that consist in several chamber tombs dug in the rock. The most important is the tomb of Montessu near Villaperuccio. The great necropolis, with 40 domus de janas, represents an area of interest for its monumentality and its charm. Distinctive features of Sardinia are Nuraghi, megalithic buildings that represent one of the fundamental elements of Sardinian landscape. In the archeological site of Monte Sirai is it possible to see over many centuries-old settlement. The site looks like an open-air lab and there’s a plenty of caves visited every year by speleologists, archeologists, and adventure lovers.
Sulcis Iglesiente, thanks to its archeological, artistic and historic heritage, and to the richness of its cultural traditions, is the ideal destination for every tourist in search of authenticity. It’s a land that can offer a multiplicity of tourist attractions: sea, nature, culture, history, tradition and much more.