We interviewed product manager Alessia Chisu, who revealed how we can immerse ourselves in Santa Teresa Gallura’s culture and history and discover the oldest and most precious treasures of the Gallura Highlands.
- How can we immerse ourselves in Santa Teresa Gallura’s history and discover the culture of the place?
It’s easy to immerse yourself in the culture of Santa Teresa Gallura and find out about its history. You simply start by visiting the old town centre and then continue with a guided tour exploring the area’s historic and archaeological sites, such as the Roman quarries in Capo Testa, Cala Grande and the military defences. The Nuragic site of Lu Brandali and Longonsardo Tower, which looks out over the Strait of Bonifacio, are both open to the public.
- What is the local community doing to preserve the treasures of Santa Teresa Gallura?
A number of excavation campaigns have been funded by Santa Teresa Gallura’s town council over the years, both at the Nuragic site and that of the Roman quarries. This has allowed the community to rediscover its origins. Above all, the Lu Brandali site has been opened to the public and therefore to visitors as well thanks to the work of many volunteers, the town council and the Department for Archaeological Heritage.
- Exhibitions and museums: can children, the elderly and those with disabilities access them easily?
The ‘Lu Brandali: Read Touch and Hear’ touring exhibition of Nuragic archaeology was specially created to break down barriers and guarantee access to everyone, whether affected by disabilities or not. All the information was translated into Braille, and multimedia devices allow visitors to touch reproductions of the monuments (the huts and the Giants’ Tomb) as well as listen to information in three languages. People who find it hard to reach the excavation site can take our indoor tour where photographs and panels guide them.
- How have innovation and technology been used in Santa Teresa Gallura to promote the local area, tell its history and capture the attention of tourists?
Innovation and technology are the key words when it comes to our ‘Lu Brandali: Read Touch and Hear’ exhibition: a tactile, multimedia experience designed around visitors, catapulting them back into our history and directly involving them.
The multimedia headsets make it easy to explore the village, as they allow the wearer to look closely at the reconstruction of the hut and Giants’ Tomb, transporting them back in time whilst sitting comfortably.
People and territory: there is an undeniable link between them in Santa Teresa Gallura. The Archaeological Tour is just one of the many reasons why people choose this place for a pleasant holiday. In spring and autumn, the weather is mild, so you can admire breath-taking dawns and sunsets, close your eyes and meditate as you listen to the sound of the wind and allow yourself to be entranced by the fragrances wafted from the Mediterranean maquis.