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Museums in Cala Gonone and Dorgali

The variety of landscapes of Dorgali and Cala Gonone is reflected by the heterogeneity of the dorgalese artistic and cultural heritage. Emblematic examples are the Archaeological Museum that collects materials from numerous archaeological sites and the Sala Salvatore Fancello, hosting the wonderful works of the dorgalese artist.

We also recommend the Parco Museo S'Abba Frisca, hosting an interesting ethnographic route (with more than 4000 items on display) in a botanical garden. The Centro per l'educazione ambientale ( Environmental Education Center) of Calagonone hosts the Museum of the Monk Seal, which contains a large collection of local Sardinian fauna.

Archaeological Museum

Archaeological Museum

The Archaeological Museum of Dorgali is divided into three rooms arranged in chronological order; for this reason should be viewed in a counterclockwise sequence. In the museum, which contains archaeological finds from various localities in the area, are exposed materials found in the prehistoric village of Serra Orrios: matrices merger steatite, oil lamps, terracotta vases and important silver jewelry, glass paste and bronze belonging Phoenician age, found in the Abisso delle Vergini of the Grotto of Ispinigoli. They are also amphorae, lead anchors, elements of ship plating, lead ingots found along the coast and from Roman ships and a copy of the diploma in bronze of Tunila, a Sardinian mercenary who fought in the Imperial Army.

Visiting hours:
January- February-March-April- May | 9.30 - 13.00 / 15.30 - 18.00
June - July - August | 9.30 - 13.00 / 16.00 - 19.00
fSeptember-October-November- December | 9.30 - 13.00 / 15.30 - 18.00

Ticket: 3,00 euro full | 1,50 reduced

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"S'Abba Frisca" Museum

Traditions, knowledge, flavours, sounds and scents from the culture of Sardinia’s Barbagia region brought together in a magnificent landscape, as a combination of nature and ethnography. The planned route through this open air museum came to life from the development and restoration of an old agricultural property, and it’s a journey along 500 metres of giant-stone pathways, century-old trees and hedgerows of Mediterranean maquis plants.

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"S.Fancello" Museum

Many call Salvatore Fancello a meteor in the Italian art scene of the '900. The eclecticism and the beauty of his works seem to be inspired by the variety of landscapes of the territory of Dorgali. Born in Dorgali in 1916, he died during the campaign in Albania in 1941 (silver medal in memory for bravery in 1947).
The artist just five years after graduating from the Institute for Industrial Arts of Monza attained remarkable results: VI he won at the Milan Triennale, the Granpremio section of Art Schools, he received the Diploma of Honor at the VII Triennale, created the complex for the lunchroom Milan's Bocconi University,He has successfully tested techniques and materials in the graphic and in the ceramic field. Exposure to Dorgali has its highlight in the roll entitled "Design uninterrupted", which the Fancello gave to the artist and friend Costantino Nivola in his wedding: seven meters of imaginative ink and watercolor.
At the museum there are also numerous ceramics and ink drawings and watercolor.

Visiting hours: July to September 9:30 - 12:30 | 17:00 - 20:00
(In other months you can contact the local Pro-Loco 0784-96243)

Ticket:Free Entry



The C.E.A. Natural History Museum hosts a rich dioramas sequences that reproduce the natural environment of Sardinia: a virtual room to discover the species of flora and fauna that inhabit the Mediterranean Sea. Inside the room you can see a documentary that, with the help of explanatory cards provided by the CEA, will make you recognize all the species.

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