Sardegna in Miniatura
A walk through the Miniature Park is the best way to begin your journey into the nature, history and culture of Sardinia. Walking through the countryside you can see copies of Sardinia’s most important monuments, built on a small scale and in extraordinary detail.
While visiting the park you can also take a guided tour around the island by boat and look out across the country from the viewing tower. Along the route there are multilingual audio-guide buttons that will enable you to fully enjoy the sites that are featured here.
The Nuragic Pavillion
The reconstruction of Sardinia’s Nuragic village in miniature represents the most reliable and complete picture of the habits and customs of the people who inhabited the island during the Iron Age (10th century BC). Inside the traditional buildings you can admire activities of everyday life such as working with clay, the art of melting bronze or grinding grain. These are housed within a large courtyard villa where, with the aid of an audio-guide, you can learn about the complex religious and political organisation of the Nuragic people. Rounding off the reconstructed village is the large council chamber and the megaron temple, both important examples of Nuragic architecture dating back to 3,000 years ago.
Museum of Astronomy
Visit this unique museum in Sardinia with its easy to understand, scientifically flawless facts, which has been created with the scientific advice of the OAC facility of the National Institute of Astrophysics. It is accessible both to those who are approaching the subject for the first time and to those who wish to increase their knowledge of specific topics of astronomical geography. Inside the Museum of Astronomy the route that leads to the Planetarium is enhanced by exhibits on gravity, the observation of celestial bodies, meteorites, space suits, the reconstruction of the surface of the Moon and Mars, artificial satellites and launchers, telescopes, but above all it is enhanced by interaction with specially trained guides.
The Planetarium of Sardinia’s Miniature Park is the biggest and most important planetarium in Sardinia and is one of the best in Italy in terms of size and technology. Today it is a reference point for those who wish to increase their knowledge on themes such as the birth of the universe and the organization of our solar system. Thanks to a sophisticated multi digital projection system, it is capable of reproducing exciting images and animations at 360° on a dome which is 11 m in diameter. You can also watch the phases of the Moon, eclipses, meteorite showers and falling stars, and simulations of the motion of the Earth’s rotation, or experience a spectacular and exciting journey to discover the planets in our solar system and beyond, to the edge of the known universe.
The Biosphere of Sardinia
In the heart of Sardinia’s Miniature Park you can travel through a lush tropical forest inside a transparent dome of more than 15 m in diameter, where you can discover animal and plant species of the most unexpected shapes and colours, such as chameleons, fish, insects with surprising camouflage abilities, frogs and parrots. Of particular interest are the chrysalises that come directly from the tropical forests of Costa Rica, which are reborn as multicoloured butterflies. The first Biosphere of Sardinia allows you to participate in a unique experience of education for environmental sustainability, combining your fascination of nature with understanding the delicate balances which enable us to coexist with other forms of life on our planet.
Darwin, the adventure of evolution
This exhibition, which is both indoors and outdoors, gives visitors the opportunity to learn a lot about an extraordinary character who, 150 years ago, revolutionised our view of the world and enabled Science to make an incredible leap forward.
The story of Charles Darwin is a winning combination of simplicity and geniality; the strange and wonderful things that accompanied his life will allow visitors to take an exciting and interactive journey through the many discoveries which led to the formulation of the theory of evolution.
The exhibition is rendered unique by a rich collection of fossils, various examples of living animals (iguanas, frogs, Pogona lizards and African Killifish to name but a few) and a 27 m replica of Darwin’s ship the Beagle, used in his most important voyage, in which visitors can relive his adventure. The voyage ends on the Galapagos Islands, where it is possible to see models of giant turtles, iguanas and other animals native to the archipelago.