About Elena Z
Lives in Stuttgart, Germany
Since Nov 2010
25-34 year old female
Born and grown up in Sardinia, for work and studies I spent part of my life in Lisbon, Milan, Triest, Malta and the awesome Berlin. I have finally landed in Stuttgart. When I travel, I walk a lot and I like getting in touch with locals as much as I can. I love hiking and I am definitely a nature lover. Next trip? Definitely outside Europe! My dream destination is Bhutan
Speciality Museums, Mines
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Speciality Museums, Monuments & Statues, Art Museums
This museum houses the most extensive archeological collection in Sardinia, from the pre-nuragic era (6BC), to the late Roman period (800AC). Of particular interest is the collection of antique bronzes that were found inside the impressive nuragic and pre-nuragic buildings, including nuraghi (tower-fortresses), domus de janas (fairy houses), giant tombs and sacred wells. Last but not least, the more recently discovered 2-meter high statues 'Giganti di Monte Prama' are awe-inspiring.
Garibaldi played a very important role in Italian history, and chose La Maddalena islands as the place in which to rest, reflect and plan the great enterprises which changed the face of the Italian nation forever. He spent 25 years in this idyllic archipelago, surrounded by nature and animals, and you'll soon understand why ...
The southwest region of Sardinia is one of the oldest lands in Europe, and until the 1960s was a huge mining area. Today some of the former mines are accessible to the public — such as this one, which showcases the richness of the industry and the hardships endured by the miners who worked here. A paradise for aficionados of industrial archeology in particular!
A modern art museum in the heart of Sardinia, Man Museum of Art hosts an impressive permanent collection of works by Sardinian artists, dating from the end of the 19th century to the modern day. Works to look out for include those by Antonio Ballero, Giuseppe Biasi, Francesco Ciusa, Mario Delitala, Carmelo Floris, Maria Lai, Mauro Manca and Costantino Nivola.
While there are many villages in which the walls of private houses have been painted with murals, San Sperate is a special one. The famous Sardinian sculptor Pinuccio Sciola, a native of San Sperate, suggested that the village be turned into an open air museum, and so it happened. Explore the beautiful mix of street art and sculptures that make this village such a lovely place to live.
This museum of contemporary art is located in a former train station on the top of a hill, just outside the village of Ulassai, and houses the works of famous Sardinian artist Maria Lai. The village itself, where she was born, is also an open air museum of her characteristic and impressive thread sculptures.
This museum in Orani is dedicated to the world-famous artist Costantino Nivola, who was born right in the heart of the tiny village and went on to live and work in Milan, Paris and New York.
While there is no trace of the Mafia in Sardinia, the island does have a long and interesting history of bandits. This museum seeks to tell the stories of ordinary people who, often for honorable reasons, became bandits who are arguably worthy of respect. While they do not intend to glorify the occupation, the displays here make for an insightful visit, and one that will help you to better understand Sardinia's more recent history.
Featuring an authentic reconstruction of a traditional Sardinian home, including everyday objects, food production artifacts (wine, bread, cheese, oil) and traditional crafts, MEOC is well worth a visit. This museum also hosts a permanent exhibition dedicated to Aggese carpets, well known and appreciated both in Italy and abroad.
Not your usual ethnographic museum, Galluras tells the story of 'Sa Accabadora,' a female figure who used to end the lives of the ill and the elderly in order to stop their suffering, an old style of euthanasia. While some locals think that such women were mere mythical creations, this exhibit nonetheless raises some interesting moral issues.