Carbonia City Center Half-day Guided Tour

Carbonia Half-day guided tour lasts 4 hours and is about the main buildings of the city center.
Carbonia is a young city, founded just over 80 years ago in the heart of Sulcis during the fascist period, wanted and inaugurated by Benito Mussolini himself as a company town built to give a house to the thousand of miners coming from everywhere to work in its coal mines.

Yet in its territory they have been discovered the remains of the oldest human beings in Sardinia. So is it really such a young city?

Carbonia, which won the European Landscape Award with the “Carbonia Landscape Machine” project, is a jewel from an architectural point of view, with the center made up of monumental buildings that outline a fascinating and unusual landscape for our island.

Carbonia Half-day guided tour is all by foot and accessible to people with walking difficulties and families with strollers.

The GuideTiziana Dedola, tourist guide and local expert.

Overview

Carbonia is a city with a metaphysical atmosphere, a city of contrasts and stories to tell.
The guided tour goes to the discovery of the center of Carbonia, the buildings that represented the fascist splendor and the attempt to organize the life of its inhabitants, a city designed by architects such as Pulitzer-Finali or Guidi and Valle protagonists of urban architecture of the ‘900.

The visit is all by foot and accessible to people with walking difficulties and families with strollers.

Highlights:

  • Piazza Roma
  • Littoria Tower
  • Dopo-Lavoro and Cine-Teatro
  • Statue by Pinuccio Sciola
  • Church of San Ponziano
  • Post Office and Town Hall building
  • Work of Giò Pomodoro "Fragments of the Void"
  • Villa of the Director of the Mine
  • Central Hotel for employees

Itinerary

Day 1
A trip in the heart of XX Century

We start from the map of Carbonia, also fascinating in its regularity, displayed in front of Piazza Roma, the center of Carbonia. In front of us the massive Torre Littoria, the Dopolavoro building and the Cine-Teatro, the essential backdrop of the large monumental square. Here is exhibited a work by Pinuccio Sciola belonging to the series of the Sound Stones.

From here we move in front of the Church of San Ponziano, of which we observe the bell tower and the geometric volumes.
Then we will focus on the Post Office and Town Hall building where a plaque bearing the verses of Calamandrei, which is distinctly anti-fascist, gives the pretext to talk about the revolutionary soul of Carbonia, a city of redemption.
Another work of contemporary art, “Fragments of the Void” by Giò Pomodoro, contributes to making the square an outdoor De Chirico painting.

From here we will move to the nearby Via Napoli where the Villa Sulcis Park and what remains of the Villa of Director of the Mine, an exemplary work of rationalist architecture. On the street you can see the houses for the managers, also designed by architects, with a perfect balance of sobriety and functionality.

From here we return to Piazza Roma to admire another example of residential architecture with the Central Hotel for employees of the architect Montuori, the building of the INA houses, then passing on via Fosse Ardeatine to get to Piazza Matteotti and visit from the outside the building of the former Central Outlet.

What's Included

Cost Includes:

  • English-speaking professional tourist guide
  • Complete and customizable itinerary
  • Help on Logistic and accommodation booking

Cost excludes:

  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (to be agreed)

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Carbonia City Center Half-day Guided Tour

Trip Facts

  • 25€
  • 15€
  • 180€
  • 8-10 people
  • by foot
  • Easy
  • Piazza Roma, Carbonia
  • Culture & History
  • english, italian