Teti, a delightful mountain village situated at an altitude of 700 metres on the northwestern slopes of the Gennargentu massif. It was suddenly in the news in the middle of the 19th century because of the discovery of the village-sanctuary of Abini, a 'federal' place of worship and a pilgrimage destination for the Nuragic populations, of which part of the village and the sacred well still remain. Numerous bronze votive statuettes were found and are now on display at the National Archaeological Museum of Cagliari. At the excavations of the tomb of Giants of Atzadalai, the most ancient Sardinian work of art (4000 BC), namely the 'Sleeping Venus', was found, along with artefacts from the Middle and Final Neolithic periods, among which 'primitive' anthropomorphic menhirs. This small village in the Mandrolisai region has other valuable monuments from the Bronze Age: the nuraghi Alinedu and Turria, the settlements of Su Carratzu and Su Ballu and above all the complex of S'Urbale (with village, nuraghe and tomb of Giants): 50 circular huts with stone floors and a central hearth, tell the story, through the artefacts found, of daily life and activities in the 10th century BC.
A hut (with tools and pots) has been reconstructed in the Museo Archeologico Comprensoriale (Territorial Archaeological Museum), inside which the findings from the sites of Teti (including the statuette of the 'Venus') and those from the nearby villages are kept. The exhibition is located in the centre of the village, near the parish church of Santa Maria della Neve, patron saint celebrated at the beginning of August. Still remaining from the seventeenth-century structure is the decor, while the façade is from the Renaissance period. The most ancient church is located in a nearby park and was originally Gothic-Aragonese. It is the church of San Sebastiano, surrounded by cumbessias, where the pilgrims stay during the celebrations in honour of the saint. Not only is there archaeology and churches, but also ethnographic exhibitions, at the Casa Satta and Casa Mereu houses. In the first one, the traditional early 20th-century spaces have been reconstructed, while in the second the furniture of a noble dwelling. You can visit them during Autumn in Barbagia, an opportunity to taste the local dishes: pane fresa bread, baked in a wood-burning oven, sas cocois, meats and cured meats, casizolu cheese and the typical local cake, su bastone. The houses in the village, which has an agricultural and pastoral tradition and 800 inhabitants, are perched on the granite slopes of Punta Sa Marghine. The surrounding setting is enchanting and a good place for walking amidst the greenery: rugged peaks, with golden eagles and other birds of prey flying overhead, and gentle hills and valleys covered by centuries-old cork oaks and holm oaks, chestnut trees, cherry trees and impenetrable Mediterranean scrub, the habitat of deer, fallow deer, mouflons and foxes. In the woods, there are dozens of springs, some of which gush not far from the village: water is the essence of Teti's inestimabile environmental heritage. Nearby, the Tirso, Taloro and Tino rivers form the Cucchinadorza lake, an electrical power generation centre.