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A Culinary & Wellness Haven in a Pre-Nuragic Cave, Sardinia

Photo Credit: www.gallicantu.it

Hidden within the captivating historical tapestry of Sardinia lies a hidden gem—a natural cave that has been transformed into a breathtaking wine cellar and tasting room. This ancient cavern, known as Gallicantu, now serves as a culinary sanctuary, offering an unparalleled gastronomic experience to those who venture into its depths. Curated selections of locally produced cured meats, hams, and cheeses sourced from nearby stazzi and small-scale local producers await guests, accompanied by delectable condiments, preserves, and traditional breads. These gastronomic delights perfectly harmonize with a diverse range of wines from Sardinia and Italy, including the aromatic Vermentino di Gallura.

To ensure an intimate and personalized encounter with this gastronomic haven, Gallicantu opens its doors exclusively to external guests upon request, guaranteeing an unforgettable experience that showcases the rich flavors of the island and its culinary heritage.

Photo Credit: www.gallicantu.it

Uncovering the Story of Gallicantu: From Abandonment to Enchantment

Originally dating back to 1930, Gallicantu was an abandoned stazzo for over half a century. In 2017, Marco Berio fell in love with this enchanting corner of Sardinia and recognized its incredible potential. Acquiring the property, Marco embarked on a journey to transform Gallicantu into the haven it is today while simultaneously managing the renowned Pevero Golf Club in Costa Smeralda, where he had already achieved success for 12 years.

By the end of 2019, Marco decided to fully dedicate himself to the Gallicantu project, overseeing its construction, researching the finest materials, and meticulously designing every detail of the retreat, exactly as he had envisioned it. Assisting him in this extraordinary adventure is his partner, Raffaella Manca, who possesses almost two decades of experience in communication and marketing in the hotel sector. Raffaella’s invaluable expertise as a PR Manager for esteemed chains such as Sina and Starwood Hotels, as well as her ten years working for the renowned hotels in Costa Smeralda—Cala di Volpe, Cervo, Pitrizza, and Romazzino—has greatly contributed to Gallicantu’s success.

Together, Marco and Raffaella passionately manage Gallicantu, personally attending to every aspect of its design, promotion, and hosting, ensuring that guests have an exceptional and unforgettable experience.

Photo Credit: www.gallicantu.it

Wine Tasting in the Cavern: A Journey of Sardinian Discovery

Immerse yourself in the enchantment of the Gallicantu cavern, a natural shelter that has witnessed the presence of ancient civilizations since the pre-Nuragic era. Today, this historical site has been transformed into a spectacular wine cellar with a tastings room. Delight in the offerings of cured meats, hams, and cheeses sourced from nearby farms or carefully selected from local producers.

Allow an expert sommelier to guide you on a captivating journey through Sardinia’s wines. Experience the distinct flavors of Vermentino di Gallura, Cannonau, Carignano, Nasco, and other typical grape varieties found on the island. Knowledgeable sommelier, pairs these exceptional wines with a selection of cured meats, breads, and cheeses from local producers.

Photo Credit: www.gallicantu.it

Wellness at Gallicantu: A Haven of Tranquility

Beyond its culinary delights, Gallicantu offers a serene wellness area complete with a sauna, Turkish bath, sensorial showers, and a relaxation area where guests can enjoy herbal teas. To ensure maximum tranquility and privacy, we recommend booking your visit in advance. For those seeking ultimate relaxation or therapeutic rejuvenation, we also provide relaxing or therapeutic massages upon reservation.

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