LOCAL PRODUCTS

ParduleCollu

Sardinian traditional cuisine is just another reflection of its multi-millennial and stratified culture, not to mention its large selection of traditional sweets. Every single area has its own names, forms, and secret recipes, but they use almost the same simple and aromatic ingredients. Traditional celebrations won't be the same without the amaretti (macaroons), which are golden and crunchy "treasure troves" of unique flavors. Made with a mix of sweet and bitter local almonds, blended according to precise proportions. There are Sas pardulas, "small baskets" of thin pasta with a soft ricotta "heart" flavored with lemon and saffron. From the legacy of Campidano area, another typical sweet is Is Pirichittus, which is egg shortcrust covered with crunchy lemon-flavored glaze. These are produced in different versions: pirichittus de bentu, empty inside or pirichittus prenus (or a matza de mindua ), filled with almond paste. Not too different Is Pistoccheddus de cappa (or incappaus), which is covered with a white glaze. Also known as marigosos, suspiros, giarminos and gesminus, the bianchini (or bianchetti) on the outside are similar to the meringues of other countries, but different in taste and consistency. Their classic wavy and creped pyramid shape, which are white and crumbly, with a soft and creamy filling, are the result of the whipping of the egg whites with sugar, lemon, and almonds. Carnival of Sardinia is a season full of intense flavors and fried foods. The one food that stands out is zippulas, the Campidano zeppole. These delicious elongated donuts are saffron based and citrus peel scented. They may change to a more conventional round shape with a hole in the center, according to the recipe and be called by different names, such as Is Parafrittus or Frati Fritti. These are just some examples picked up from the rich selection of traditional sweets in the area. In San Sperate there are two traditional biscuit factories, well known for the quality of their products outside, both in the region and abroad.

Biscottificio Collu
Via Roma 20, San Sperate
Tel. 070.960.0162
www.biscottificiocollu.com

Biscottificio Corronca
Via Cagliari 101, San Sperate
Tel. 070.960.0252
www.biscottificiocorronca.com

Pane Carasu
THINGS TO SEE
PAESEMUSEO

Over 400 pieces of contemporary art are hidden in the streets of San Sperate, an open-air museum that can be visited freely 365 days a year. Wall paintings, sculptures, site-specific installations--even the roads themselves are painted. The colorful landscape is continuously evolving.

Villino Tola
THINGS TO SEE
THE MONUMENTS

Every single space, building, and materials were repurposed and transformed throughout the years. Following just some of the centuries-old buildings that have a historical significance.

Basaltosonoro
THINGS TO SEE
GIARDINO SONORO

The “Giardino Sonoro “ (Sound Garden) is an open-air museum created by the artist Pinuccio Sciola, inside a citrus fruit plot. It’s a charming place where art and nature are harmonized in an indissoluble blend. There you can admire a sort of retrospective artwork created by the brilliant mind of a world-famous sculptor, showcasing his artistic career.

GiardinoFantastico
THINGS TO SEE
GIARDINO FANTASTICO

Visiting the Giardino Fantastico (fantastic garden) is like a dreamlike journey through numerous multi-material pieces of art, mainly made of day-to-day and recycled materials.

Giampaolo Mameli Ceramista
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RESIDENT ARTISTS

The concentration of artists and craftsmen is quite impressive for a small village such as San Sperate. Some scientific observers are doing research about unique properties of the tap water or volatile substances in the air of San Sperate. All kidding aside, the quality of the work is very high. Following some of those in the business that are open to show their artworks to visitors.

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THE FRUITS OF THE EARTH

San Sperate is well known for his soil fertility, perfect climatic conditions, and the water from the nearby rivers that make it one of the most important agricultural centers in Sardinia. Citrus fruits and peaches (even more so) are renowned for their quality.

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