In the heart of the Gallura is a characteristic village that will strike you for the great care they take of their granite houses, considered among the most beautiful in all the region. One of the main activities of those who live in Aggius is the extraction and processing of granite, but the town is also known for its beautiful carpets and, more generally speaking, for its fine textiles. The Touring Club Italiano has awarded the town with a Bandiera Arancione (Orange Flag) in recognition of the characteristics of the historical centre, the beauty of its setting and the efficiency of its services for visitors.
Among the attractions is the town’s choir, famous for its remarkable sound and nicknamed “Choir of the Galluran Roosters” by the famous poet Gabriele D’Annunzio. Another highlight is the atmosphere created during Holy Week, when the small town becomes something of a Jerusalem and the streets fill with the faithful as members of the local lay brotherhoods clad in traditional garments walk in solemn procession. Aggius is one of the few towns in Gallura to have maintained this centuries-old tradition and the entire week from Palm Sunday through Easter celebrations are held in spectacular Spanish tradition.
Do not miss a visit to the museo etnografico named after Oliva Carta Cannas, home to original items and machinery that tell of the history, culture and traditions of the Gallura region. Another unique museum focuses attention on the phenomenon of Bandits and is housed at the palazzo of the ‘vecchia Pretura.’
The vast area surrounding Aggius is ideal for hiking among the characteristic stazzi (characteristic rural settlements) and archaeological sites. The Izzana nuraghe, Gallura’s largest, is especially interesting.