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The main centre of Sulcis was built over a two year period when the output from coal mines had to be increased to make Sardinia economically self-sufficient. When the mines were closed in 1972, the town successfully took on the difficult challenge of changing its economy to that of a commercial and service centre for the Sulcis region. The Villa Sulcis Archaeological Museum, once a coal company headquarters, contains records of historical events in the region. From an architectural point of view it is characterized by the typical elements of the Fascist towns. At the centre there is Piazza Roma around which stand the main buildings: the Torre Littoria (27.5 m) today municipal tower, the Town Hall, the church, the "dopolavoro" (Fascist institution organizing the workers' free-time activities), the cinema-theatre and two great fountains.
The Church of San Ponziano follows the Modern-Romanesque style; it is built in granite and trachyte. The rectory and the bell-tower (46 m), a smaller reproduction of the bell-tower of Aquileia, are adjacent. The stateliness of the secular wild olive-trees sculptured by the wind, the aromatic fragrances of the Mediterranean maquis, the dwarf-palm and its exotic landscapes in miniature, the explosion of colours in the coat and plumage of the fauna, from the fox to the bee-eater and the flamingo: like this the territory of Carbonia appears to the attentive visitors. It represents with its different landscapes, now rough and dry, now sweet and fresh, a precious tessera of the naturalistic and environmental mosaic that is the region of Sulcis. The climatic, landscape and geologic features help to make the municipal territory of Carbonia varied and peculiar. From the top of its hills it is possible to see the hilly and level landscapes and, in the distance, the sea and the neighbouring coasts of Sulcis, with the isles of San Pietro and Sant'Antioco. The coastline around Carbonia offers numerous beautiful beaches.
On the northern side are the wonderful Porto Paglia and Funtanamar beaches. On the southern coast and from the old tuna fisheries, it's possible to admire a charming view of the surroundings including Is Arenas and Porto Pino beaches. The landscape offers thick and luxurious woods, characterised by the presence of junipers, mastic trees, citrus and rosemary plants. In the southern area, there are beautiful beaches with dunes sometimes 15 m high. Handicrafts play an important role in the local economy. Among those to be noted are the artisans who work with wood, ceramic, glass, gold, silver and other metals, as well as those who produce carpets and leather goods.
Carbonia offers a wide choice of tourist accommodation possibilities.
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