Itinerary detail

Monte Margiani

A hike that is particularly suggestive for the alternation of colours that the many juniper, Mediterranean strawberry, mastic and heath trees offer to the woodsy valley of Coxinas.

You will notice the abundant presence of the endemic black arum plants while crossing the Campu de Coxinas.

The excursion also has a powerful cultural connection since it retraces some of the pages from Paese d’ombre (Town of Shadows) by Giuseppe Dessì, a native of Villacidro, offering intense emotions to those who have already read the novel.

The excursion leaves from the pineta del Carmine pine grove at 300 metres a.s.l. behind the residential area. Penetrating the dense pine grove, you will head towards the Parco di Castangias park at the old rifle-range at 333 metres a.s.l. The pine grove will accompany you to Genna Is Paboneddus, at 496 metres a.s.l. without any particular challenges. This pass will offer the first suggestive view of the Coxinas hollow and there is a fun road linking to path 108 as you approach the bottom of the valley. Once you have surpassed the dam on the rio Coxinas, you will wade into stream and continue on into the heart of the valley at Campu de Coxinas to then climb up to Genn’e Prunai, at 725 metres a.s.l. and from here continue climbing all the way up to the rocky peak of Monte Margiani, at 859 metres a.s.l., which Dessì calls Monte Volpe (Mount Volpe) in his famous novel Paese d’Ombre (Town of Shadows).

Route type:

Travel time:
full day

Duration of the round trip:
5 hours

Difference in height:
559 meters

Degree of difficulty:
escursionistico (facile medio)

Geographic map


To be seen

Castangias Park

The area in the outskirts of the town now known as Parco Castangias (Castangias Park) was once a beautiful forest filled with cherry trees, European nettle trees, walnut trees and first and foremost chestnut trees, from which the place gets its name.

Pine Grove

A lovely, dense pine grove surrounds the upper portion of Villacidro, entirely covering the slopes of Monte Omo and Monte Cuccureddu upon which the town is positioned.