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On the road to Sedini
We prefer to go from the north, from Castelsardo; so we take the opportunity to make a stop near the village of Multeddu. We pass it going south, along the road 134, for a few hundred meters, until finding an amazing isolated rock: the Elephant Rock. The road runs alongside it and we found parking near this natural monument.
The Elephant Rock is a large block of trachyte that weathering has shaped over time, giving it the appearance of an elephant.
We approach the rock, admiring its elegant lines and the harmony of the surrounding landscape. Only when we reach a few steps, we can discover the secret in the stone of the “Elephant”… There is a cave inside, with features too regular to have been dug only by natural elements.
The cavity was anciently worked by men, who have made several cells of various sizes, turning it into a Domus de Janas!
So we leave the Rock with our car.
Unfortunately, the road to the south (once the main to Sedini) is closed, due to the risk of landslides. This route is still visible along the slopes and certainly would allow we to admire wide views towards the sea and the plain of Valledoria.
The house in the rock
Currently the ethnographic museum is located inside, which can be visited both in summer and in winter. Yet this building, unique in its kind, has a very long history…
It is in fact a natural cavity, a sort of small cave in the stone wall that was anciently worked by man to obtain some Domus de Janas (just like in the Elephant Rock); this is the largest Domus in Sardinia and the only one inside a town.
Over the centuries the rooms were enlarged, passages were dug and the cave was closed by walls; in the Middle Ages it was transformed into a complete building. There are internal parts of that period, such as the spiral staircase. The building was then used as a prison and later as a private residence, becoming a small museum in recent times.
Today it preserves numerous relics and objects that testify to customs and traditions of the past, in particular the rural tradition. You can admire many tools that once were part of everyday life… There are pots, sieves, weaving looms, but also furniture and furnishings.