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“FOR the faint of heart”
Review of Su Nuraxi Barumini

Su Nuraxi Barumini
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Barumini Unesco Site and Giara of Gesturi Half-day Tour from Cagliari
Ranked #1 of 9 things to do in Barumini
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This historic town is well-known for the "Nuraghe Su Nuraxi," a megalithic complex built by the Nuragic people 3,500 years ago, which served as a fortified dwelling against invaders.
Reviewed 24 December 2013

As other reviewers have said, you need to be a bit agile to get into the interior of the towers and wear appropriate shoes. But if you are agile, but a bit nervous, go try it. We are in our 70's and did just fine. My husband is 6'2" and there was one spot where he had to twist slightly, but it was not constrictive. There are only two places where you cannot stand up straight and yet the area feels spacious. So- coming into the main tower complex, you climb metal stairs (see photo), continue into a crevice/tunnel. This whole passageway is about 20 to 30 feet in length; the first 15 feet are slightly downhill and uneven. This is followed by 10-15 feet of a climb down which ends on the top of the metal stairs. This is the portion that is a bit of a challenge to most, but no one asked for help. Then you climb down to the floor of the tower on the metal stairs. This area of the tower is open to the sky. From this entrance 'hall', you can peek into adjoining chambers without entering. There is a large room off this space, that is lit up and whole tour groups enter without being constricted and this is reached by a passageway about 8 to 10 feet long (see photo) and it is open to the sky. From this room, there is another room to visit that is essentially a dead end storage space. Return to the lit up chamber to access the hall with the metal stairs. You cannot get lost in these rooms. Climb back up the stairs, through the 20-30 foot passageway to the exterior metal stairs. There is a metal pathway to the back of the tower where you can go to take more photos from the top. Then back down the stairs! And YOU DID IT.
Additionally, at the bottom, you might turn a sharp left and follow the path around the exterior of the tower. I enjoyed the quiet of that small walk as no one else did it. I was able to imagine what it might have been like when this was inhabited.
I do want to express reservations about who probably should not try and do this. If your hands cannot grip the handholds, don't go unless someone strong is there to help you. If you are wearing white/light pants, don't go. If you have inappropriate foot wear, don't do it.

If you are like me and determined to see what is to be seen. you can get down the interior passageway (the last portion to be climbed down) on your buttocks. It all depends on how determined you are.
If you are with a tour group, try to be last in line. Also be cognizant of the fact that once a tour group begins through, you have to wait for the last person to exit the passageway before you can go in the other direction.
We toured with an archeologist and he recommended the book "Su Nuraxi in Barumini" by Giovanni Lilliu, who discovered/ and worked this site. The book (in English) is scholarly but bit by bit I am conquering it. It is available at the gift shop, as is a harming miniature clay tower...

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Reviewed 21 December 2013

Your guide may not warn you just exactly how fit you have to be to go inside this fort. Having gone up the modern staircase outside you will be invited to go inside. There really are no proper steps. It is about 20 feet down two almost vertical drops without proper steps or handholds. See "cruiserWarrington's" review of October 2012. I was one of a cruise ship group including several people who, in my opinion, should not have tried it. If a visitor were to break a leg climbing down into the fort I really have no idea how he or she would be extricated.
Having said that the attraction can be perfectly well viewed from the outside and there is no compulsion to climb down inside. Just turn round and go back from the top of the outside stairs. You have to go back that way anyway.

Thank chartseven
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Reviewed 24 October 2013

Wear good footwear! With a guided tour you're able to go through these ruins and inside the rock formations built in 1300-1500 BC. Our English speaking tour guide was very knowledgable with pictures of reconstruction by archeologists that added to our experience. Our children really enjoyed the tour-the views over the Sardinian countryside is incredible. Worth it-HOWEVER-caution **there is a restaurant called Su Nuraxi so be sure to put 'Barumini' in your GPS settings :)

Thank Lisa W
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Reviewed 23 October 2013

This place is amazing, I enjoyed my visit a lot. This Nuraghe is the biggest and the largest site of this kind in Sardinia and is also single UNESCO site on the island.
It is estimated to be around 7000 nuraghes across Sardinia, most of them still underground due to lack of funds. It is not without interest that nuraghes can be found in Sardinia only, nowhere else in the world, it is sort of Sardinian symbol.
You can visit site as guided tour only...our guide was friendly and encouraged us to ask about anything that would cross our mind.
Ticket allows you to visit 2 more sites - Museum linked to nuraghe in Barumini town centre (not so good in my opinion and rather small, you dont have to bother) and some sort of educational centre (I did not visit, pictures did not look interesting).

Barumini is situated quite inland which does not make it easy accessible, the best way is to have your own car or take a bus tour.
I rented a bike, took train to Sanluri Stato and cycled around 25 km to Barumini, fairly easy ride, roads not busy at all, piece of cake.

All in all, great day not to be missed. If you dont get a chance to visit this Nuraghe, try to visit another one, you dont want to go to Egypt and miss pyramids :)

I spent two weeks travelling along Sardinian western cost using public transport (bus, train) and bike only, in case you would be planning anything like that, feel free to drop me a mail, I am more than happy to help out about getting around.

2  Thank Radim S
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Reviewed 7 August 2013

Even if it is located in the heartland of Sardinia, it is worth a visit. The guides are very professional and you get a lots of interesting information. The Nuraghes are unique, have to see this.

Thank Daniela S
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