Luxurious villa equipped with all comforts, with plenty of space to relax and enjoy an aperitif at sunset with friends, after an excursion on the Giara or a visit to the Barumini nuragic complex.
In the villa there are four lounges with piano and billiards, dining room and reading room with fireplace, in addition to the medieval hall.
The municipality of Gesturi is located at an altitude of 320 meters above sea level, in the historic region of Marmilla, famous for the presence of the highlands of the Giara that dominates it and for having given birth to the blessed Capuchin Brother Nicholas. It turns out to be a prominent place not only from a landscape point of view, but it is also an important religious center that also presents interesting archaeological aspects.
TERRITORY AND GEOGRAPHIC POSITION
Nestled at the foot of the Giara plateau, in the park there are lush forests of cork oaks, oaks, holm oaks, olive trees and Mediterranean maquis. The fame of the area is mainly linked to its wild and uncontaminated beauty, inhabited by very rare animals. The area is in fact frequented by the only herd existing in Italy and in Europe of wild horses better known as "Giara horses". Of small dimensions, their origin is shrouded in mystery, particular that enhances the charm of these robust and peaceful animals.
Its toponym is perhaps of pre-Roman origin and its territory was intensely frequented in the Nuraghic age, as evidenced by the settlement of Bruncu Madugui, in the Giara di Gesturi. It is a protonuraghe, whose chamber, unlike the subsequent proper nuraghe, lacks the ogival pseudo-dome cover. The protonuraghe was erected in an elevated position to protect the Giara plateau.
For a long time, since the Middle Ages the village belonged to the curadorìa of Marmilla, in the Judicial Kingdom of Arborea. For a short time he became part of the Kingdom of Càlari, and then returned, after a few years within the Giudicato d'Arborea. Decreased by war the Kingdom of Arborea, in 1410 became a village of the Catalan-Aragonese Kingdom and was granted to the baron Gherardo Dedoni who administered it until 1480. The fief remained in possession of the Dedoni until the extinction of the family, which occurred in 1590. In the following years Gesturi was inherited by several families. We remember the family of the Zitrillas, that of the Vico, of the Torrellas and finally of the Zonza-Vico. In 1772 the fief was confiscated by the royal domain.
Besides the churches, the territory of Gesturi is characterized by the presence of numerous nuraghic sites. In fact, the quantity of pre-nuragic testimonies (menhir, domus de janas), nuragiche like the nuraghe and the giants' tombs, and the Punic-Roman ones present on the territory is impressive. As mentioned before, various studies and research have made it possible to estimate the presence of about thirty nuragic and archaeological sites. In addition to the aforementioned protonuraghe "Bruncu Madugui", there are 32 other sites, almost all located on the Giara plateau, and are:
Detail of the Nuraghe Bruncu Madugui, the oldest in Sardinia
• Nurageddea nuraghe
• Punic / Roman village in Tana
• Bingia 'and Crobusu nuraghe
• Nieddosa nuragic building
• Roman village of Tupp'e Turri, Terr 'and Graffia
• Nuraghe Funtanedda Mannasa
• megalithic tomb Lacarissu locality
• menhir and domus de janas locations Sa ucca 'e su paui
• domus de janas in Cadoni
• Pisconti nuraghe
• domus de janas in the Monti Crucurisi area
• nuragic village and nuragic building of Gurdillonisi and Giuru
• Nuraghe Corte Brocci
• Roman punic nuragic meter Nuraxi Arrosasa (Pisconti)
• nuraghe location Peppi Pinna
• Pascasi nuraghe
• tomb of the giants Pranu 'e Follasa
• nuraghe and village, the tomb of the giants of Scusorgiu
• tomb of the giants and nuraghe locations Pranu 'e Mendula
What once was an impressive volcano, today is an unspoiled natural oasis that from a naturalistic point of view has no equal in Sardinia and in the entire Mediterranean basin.
The plateau reaches almost 600 m in height and contains an ancient charm, a place rich in history. Twenty-eight Nuraghic / archaeological sites are present. Among them the most important is the nuraghe Bruncu Madugui, according to the Institute of Sardinian Antiquities of the University of Cagliari turns out to be the oldest nuraghe monument of Sardinia, the father of all nuraghi.
The Giara, besides preserving its historical heritage, contains an important fauna patrimony. Numerous botanical species find refuge in pristine vegetation. Flowers and rare plants are perfectly adapted to the climate and the morphology of the territory. To make the landscape even more enchanting there is also the massive presence of water, in the form of "paulis": huge pools of water, even four meters deep, present a bit on the whole plateau. Other unique features are the huts: the shelters of animals but also of shepherds, built with basaltic blocks held together by mortar and mud, with the roof built with the cistus, "mulgegu", in dialect gesturese, shrub present in considerable quantities on all the Giara.
All this environment is dominated by cork oaks. Unique feature of these trees is their "crooked posture". Almost all of them, in fact, appear to be inclined because of the force of the wind that blows impetuously and undisturbed for almost the whole year, managing to bend the plants, even when small and resting them over the years to an almost oblique position.
Symbol of the Giara and Gesturi and true master of the plateau is undoubtedly the famous Giara horse. Species more unique than rare, this wild bay horse has managed to adapt to perfection and make the Giara its ideal natural habitat. It's only here, there's no other similar specimen in all of Europe. Its characteristics in addition to the dark color, are the dimensions rather small, one meter and twenty at the withers and large eyes with almond. They live in small groups, each of which has a dominant male. Currently the number of horses is around 500 specimens .. Of small dimensions, their origin is shrouded in mystery, particular that enhances the charm of these robust and peaceful animals.
In the Marmilla District
The area is of considerable interest not only for its natural heritage, but also because it is home to important archaeological monuments such as the protonuraghe of Bruncu Madugui and the famous nuraghe of Barumini, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
"Casa Zapata" is a marvelous and complex residence erected by the ancient and aragonese family of the Zapata family from the end of the 16th century. The members of this family arrived in Sardinia in 1323 following the Infante Alfonso who was preparing to conquer the island, then settled in Cagliari (one of the Royal Cities) and in 1541 bought the Baronia of Las Plassas, Barumini and Villanovafranca, becoming lords and then barons, and coming to administer it until the abolition of the feudal regime.
In the nineties of the last century during the restoration of the palace it was discovered that the Zapata palace was built over the well-preserved remains of a nuragic settlement that the archaeologist Giovanni Lilliu, as it is located near the parish church, called Nuraxi and Cresia.
Thanks to an architectural restoration project of great scenographic impact elaborated by the architect Pietro Reali, both the baronial palace and the underlying nuraghe, appropriately brought to light, have become the site of a museum complex (called Museo Casa Zapata), inaugurated on July 29th 2006.