Arts and Traditions

Sardinia is a Island that have been colonized many times by many conquerors. Calasetta has its own unique tradition of being one of the four  living testimony in the diaspora of the Tabarkini population (together with Carloforte, Nueva Tabarka and Pegli), an ancient Genoese community that colonized the island of Tabarka in Tunisia from 1500 to around 1700. The village was founded by the settlers escaped from an enslavement attempt by the Bey of Tunis.

The Tabarkini has retained their ancient Genoese traditions, such as the typical language and the flavored cuisine that keep Genoese fish food history, contaminated by some Arab influence, such as cus-cus.

The other part of the Island does not share this origin, and it’s history dates back to some 5000 years ago.

Since you arrive to the Island of Sant’Antioco, you can admire the Roman bridge and the Christian settlements that date back to Roman (Empire IV sec. BC), witnessed by an antique fountain and the cathedral with catacombs, as well as phoenician hypogean village, that have been transformed in Roman necropolis.

The nearby villages of Sant’Antioco (the antique Solki), as well as Tratalias, San Giovanni Suergiu, Porto Scuso and Carloforte offer a daylong tour opportunity absolutely worthy.

The particular exibition of the Museo del Bisso is worth a visit for the unique and magic opportunity to meet the world’s the last and only spinner of marine byssus.

Emeraldine sea and white beaches, cliffs, and amazing landscapes visible both by land as by sea leave no doubt: the Island is worth to discover.

The unspoiled landscape, the easy-going local people, the fabulous traditional food and the island’s simple lifestyle all combine to relax the visitor’s mind and delight the senses.