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To explore the past of the mysterious Nuragic civilization, you should head to Su Nuraxi in Barumini (southern Sardinia). Although very little is known about the Nuragic people, a lot can be said for their construction prowess. These Bronze Age shepherds and peasants used stone to create elaborate structures, including the settlement at Su Nuraxi, though it's unclear whether they were defensive fortresses, palaces or temples. Here, a tour guide will lead you through the ruins of a Nuraghi fortress with its complex of towers, elaborate inner passageways and outer walls. In 1997, Su Nuraxi was added to UNESCO's list of world heritage sites. 

Recent visitors were impressed with the site preservation here and recommended history and archaeology buffs take time to tour these amazing structures and the Casa Zapata museum. However, reviewers recommend skipping this attraction if you're traveling with young children as the grounds are not stroller-friendly. 

You'll find this archaeological site in the south-center of the island. The general admission price is 11 euros (about $13) – and it includes entrance to other nearby attractions, including Casa Zapata and Centro G. Lilliu. Su Nuraxi opens at 9 a.m. throughout the year, and closes at different times depending on the month: The earliest it closes is 4 p.m. in January and February, and the latest it stays open is 7:30 p.m. in July. For more information, visit Su Nuraxi's website.

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