Travels Tours Routes Roads Trails
The stories of the routes are proposed in their original language and in the italian translation. But, along the way, the aim is to translate the texts into all the main foreign languages
Traveling in Gallura with
the travelers of the 19th century
Stories richly illustrated with maps, drawings, lithographs, paintings, postcards and many beautiful photos
PROJECT designed and realized by Guido Rombi
It is from the beginning of the nineteenth century that Sardinia began to be at the centre of an unprecedented historical-geographical, anthropological and literary interest. We were in the romantic age and a new sensitivity was catching on, with the discovery of national and territorial diversity and specificity. And so, after remaining outside of travellers’ itineraries for centuries, now the island – with its history and its stories, its customs and traditions – begins to be visited and brought to the attention (still marginal though) of Italians and Europeans.
Most travellers are foreigners (mainly French and English), few are Italian (above all the Savoyard Alberto La Marmora, who writes in French). Some are geographers and naturalists, like La Marmora and Smyth; and most of them are scholars, like Valery, Tyndale, Vuillier etc.
Everyone of them is struck by the charm of the island, and of Gallura in our case: by the geographical beauty of a wild territory that inevitably abducts hearts and minds immediately, but also by its archaic and primordial civilization, a sort of “social nature” not yet contaminated by the modernization of European civilization. The image, and already the myth, of the Sardinian bandits (in fact any shepherd could have been) with long beards, daggers and rifles, in traditional dress and black cloaks lowered on the head, all men of honour after all, usually accompanies their journeys: everyone hopes to see them, maybe even to meet them.
Sometimes these travellers / narrators tell the stories of others: their personal experiences are accompanied by the news in the books already published, and sometimes they are also influenced by them. But each of them always adds something, especially emotions, of the places visited, leaving us stories full of interest and suggestion.