It is located in a deep depression created by a deepening in the heart of the mount of the same name, in the boundary between Supramonte di Oliena and Supramonte di Dorgali. The Nuragic village of Tiscali, built along the walls of the depression and invisible until you get to the inside of the cavity, consists of two ensembles of dwellings of various sizes, built and inhabited between the 15th and 8th centuries BC. Their origins are mysterious: the building technique is different from those of other Nuragic sites. It was probably inhabited in pre-Nuragic ages. What we do know is that it was repopulated between the 2nd and 1st centuries BC, and inhabited for a very long time, perhaps up to the High Middle-Ages.
You will reach the first agglomerate by means of a wide opening in the rocky wall. To the north, forty circular stone huts are built over a cliff, which probably indicates there were once terraces, which later collapsed. The second complex is located on the southwestern side, and consists of about thirty square or rectangular dwellings. In the centre of the cavity, you can admire a millennial grove of holm oaks and mastic trees. Their particular location and water collection system point to the probability that inhabitants stayed in the depression for long periods of time. The village was perhaps the extreme defence system against invaders in the Roman age.
Tiscali is one of the most popular trekking destinations in Sardinia. To reach the depression, in the centre of which a wide window opens with a view of the Lanaittu valley below, you must first face two hours of intense trekking. Thanks to the wild scenario, the path to discover a valley hidden in the entrails of the island becomes very interesting. Arriving from Dorgali, the path, marked with road signs and arrows on the rocks, crosses the Surtana valley and the Doloverre gorge until it climbs mount Tiscali. The Dorgali and Oliena territories are an archaeological park. Another unmissable village-sanctuary is Serra Orrios, which consists of about one hundred huts, two small temples and megalithic tombs, the Arvu complex, the Carros foundry, in addition to tens of domus de Janas, menhirs, Giants’ tombs and other Nuraghi, including Mannu, which dominates a basaltic geography in the centre of the Gulf of Orosei. The Corbeddu and Ispinigoli grottoes have yielded human traces dated all the way to the Palaeolithic. To complete your archaeological tour, go to the Civico Museo Archeologico of Dorgali, dedicated to findings from all over the territory.