Dominated by the imposing but evocative silhouette of Giara Park, it peeks from between lush, rolling hills, from which visitors can enjoy a view over fascinating scenic cliffs covered with almond groves, vineyards, century-old olives and cereal fields. Sini is a small town of 500 inhabitants that lies in the portion of Marmilla belonging to the Province of Oristano, from which it is over 60 kilometres away. The place name derives from sinu, a reference to the cove where the town is located. During the Medieval period, the town was part of the Giudicato di Arborea, while during Aragonese rule it was first the property of the Baron of Tuili and then of Marquis Laconi.
The municipality of Sini includes part of Sa Jara Manna (the Giara), a basaltic plateau of volcanic origins home to wild horses unique to Sardinia. A wild and uncontaminated place that has no parallels, it is an ideal setting for hiking, biking and horseback riding. Another of Sini’s naturalistic jewels is the Park of Cracchera, embellished during less arid periods by the Su Strumpu waterfall.
In the town centre, stand the Parish of Santa Chiara d’Assisi, whose patron is celebrated in mid-August, and the ancient Church of San Giorgio Megalo. In late April, the town comes alive with a celebration in the patron saint’s honour marked by folklore events, craft exhibitions and above all, the Festival of Su Pani ‘e Saba. The festival, an opportunity to try this delicious sweet of almonds, raisins and sapa, attracts thousands of visitors every year.
The extremely fertile and welcoming lands surrounding Sini, which currently lives mainly of farming and shepherding, is dotted with prehistoric and Roman sites where tombs, pottery and coins have been found. Seven nuraghes can be visited: Bruncu su Sensu, Buccascala, Perdosu, Scala ‘e Brebeis, Sedda, Siorus and Bruncu Suergiu, on the Giara, near the border with Genoni. Around the latter, the remains of a Punic-Roman settlement can also be seen.