A wonderful journey at the discovery of Sardinia longevity secrets and visiting some of the areas of the island where many residents live up to more than a hundred years. You will travel from the lively sea town of Cagliari to the secluded green mountains of Seulo, the village with the highest percentage of centenarian men in the whole world, and learn about the Blue Zones. Escorted by a fully qualified biologist and nutritionist (PHD), this tour aims to introduce you to the benefits of genuine organic and locally grown food and wine, part of the diet of the inhabitants, but also to Sardinia traditions, prehistoric heritage sits, recipes, conviviality and therefore the local approach to life itself. Away from the mass tourism routes, ravished by breath-taking wild and unspoiled landscapes you will be able to mingle with the locals, get to know small communities and acquire some cooking and baking skills and ancient recipes from wise and knowledgeable hands
Arrive in Cagliari. Independent transfer to Hotel in Cagliari city centre (Hotel Italia, Hotel 2 Colonne or similar). Overnight
After breakfast meet your guide and transfer to San Benedetto Market (It is a complete and intense experience, if you are a great lover of the good cuisine you are going to love it. Is held at San Benedetto market one of the most fascinating and colourful places in Cagliari. It is considered to be the largest covered fish market in Europe) to enjoy a tour and tastings Light lunch at local “bottega”… Transfer to Hotel in the Mandas / Tuilli area. Check-in and relax. Afternoon guided tour of Nuraghe Su Nuraxi (Nuraghes are a characteristic and unique Sardinian megalithic edifice that dot the whole Sardinia with 8000 structures variously preserved. The purpose of Nuraghes is still controversial, most archaeologists assume they were used as religious temples, meeting halls, or military strongholds). Evening organic wine cellar tour and tasting Dinner at local restaurant and overnight (Antica Locanda Lunetta or similar).
After breakfast, transfer to an olive oil mill for a guided tour and cooking workshop followed by lunch. (We have been organizing cooking lessons about the centenarians style and custom for a while. We interviewed some of them to reproduce what was like a normal and usual meal in those years at the beginning of the last century. Learning more about their diet represents the opportunity to make a valuable cultural experience while appreciating how to combine simple and tasty flavours. The recipes extend from soups made with wild vegetables to ancient home made pasta dishes, game meat recipes and ways to store the food without refrigerating them). Afternoon visit to the Giara wild park (The Giara di Gesturi is a high and steep-sided basaltic plateau which covers almost 45 square kilometers on the highland overlooking the hilly valleys of Marmilla and high Trexenta. The giara was formed some 3 million years ago when lava covered older sedimentary rock. Nowadays in the up-land-flat you can visit a charming natural park with a stunning flora and fauna that for its uniqueness can be found only here) and its gracious little horses. Return to hotel (Antica Locanda Lunetta or similar). Dinner and overnight at hotel.
After breakfast transfer to the Barbagia of Seulo.
Visit an organic garden of an elderly local. Follows a “guided” lunch where each dish will be introduced by your nutritionist guide(experts as scientists and university researchers who are specialized in the longevity process. It represents the possibility to better understand all the mechanisms and the factors involved from a scientific perspective. Geneticists, nutritionalists and anthropologists are generally hired according with the line of interest. An occasion to get deeper in the field and understand more thoroughly the components concerning the course of ageing). The lunch will include also a sweet making demonstration. Afternoon visit to a centenarian followed by a walking tour in the woods. Transfer to Sadali for dinner at hotel and overnight (Monte Granatico, or similar).
After breakfast, learn the secrets of ancient flours and visit an old bakery and learn everything about bread making with the ancient mother yeast (locally there is a huge knowledge about kneading with mother yeasts, some have been kept alive for 300 years and are specifically considered subject to study). You will dip your hands in the dough and learn how to make bread with the authentic and raw products. Lunch at a local Agriturismo. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Sadali area (Monte Granatico or similar).
Breakfast and transfer to Cagliari or extend your stay
Sardinia is a Blue Zone, one of the few places in the world with the highest percentage of centenarians among the population. You will travel through these areas guided by a Biologist (phD level) exploring the underlying reasons. Each visit will focus on one of the factors that are believed to increase longevity such as physical activity, food and wine, social relationships and genetics. You will meet with locals and experience their lifestyle.
Tour in English with a minimum of 4 people – Ideal for 2 couples or a group of friends
Departure dates 2019: Private tour on request – Tour in English with a minimum of 4 people – Ideal for 2 couples or a group of friends
Duration: 6 days/ 5 nights