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Porto Torres & Isola dell'Asinara

High coastlines and unspoiled nature

Porto Torres, located on a plain that slopes towards the sea of the Gulf of Asinara, is one of the major centers in Northern Sardinia. The human presence in the territory of the town dates back to prehistoric times, as evidenced by some prehistoric villages and the many nuraghi and cemeteries in the area.
In the territory of Porto Torres are archaeological complexes such as Terme Centrali (central terms) called "Palazzo di Re Barbaro". Near the archaeological site is the "Antiquairium Turritano" museum, where the original ceramic artifacts, marble exhibited sculptures and mosaics were found during excavations on the adjacent site of Colonia Iulia Turris Libisonis.
You can visit Terme Maetzke, which owe their name to the archaeologist who managed the excavations between 1958 and 1961, the Roman bridge and the small church of San Gavino a Mare.
Porto Torres has a major port providing links with Genoa, Marseilles and Spain.

Asinara
is a national park and an island that belongs to the municipality of Porto Torres. It has an area of approximately 51 square kilometers and is the fifth largest Italian island (except Sicily and Sardinia) and third in Sardinia..
Asinara has been preserved largely preserved thanks to the historical events that led to isolation. The man was present during the Neolithic and the Middle Ages, but settled there permanently only since 1600, with a community of shepherds and fishermen. The latter was removed in 1885 when the main prison of the Kingdom of Italy was established, which was added to the penal colony.
The island was during World War II prison camp of the Austro-Hungarian soldiers and from the 70s to the creation of the National Park in 1997, it was home to one of the main national prison with high security.
These events are preserved important evidence: the coastal village of Cala d'Oliva, with low white buildings; The Cala Reale site, the old hospital, which also served as an occasional residence of the royal Savoy; the area of Fornelli, which emphasizes the former maximum security prison dual court cells arranged along the long corridors.

The island is mountainous, with high and rugged coastlines, interspersed with beaches and coves. There are few trees because of the drought on the island. The island's name comes from the word asino (donkey). Here you will find wild albino donkeys.