The Memory trail
(sentiero della memoria)

The Memory trail
(sentiero della memoria)

A journey back in time

Starting at the visitor centre behind the royal palace, the memory trail takes you back in time to explore both ancient and recent human traces.

You will see interesting sites, such as the Austro-Hungarian chapel and the military cemetery.

As you carry on walking, you arrive at Campo Faro, a small prison settlement consisting of four buildings enclosed within a wall fence. Outside you can find the officers’ barracks, now abandoned. The small Italian cemetery is located in the vicinity of Campo Faro. It shelters the remains of soldiers who died on Asinara in 1916.

The path leads to Campu Perdu, a prison settlement dedicated to farming. The main building is the quadrangular prison, with cells and common areas. The prevailing colour is white. Opposite are the former officers’ lodgings, a large single-storey building with a pitched roof which used to be a grain warehouse. Further on, the agricultural facilities can be identified: a stable, a fodder store and a blacksmith workshop.

In Campu Perdu you can also visit the domus de janas, caves, pre-Nuragic tombs, and the Austro-Hungarian ossuary, where the remains of over 5000 First World War prisoners are kept.


Trailhead: Cala Reale

Arrival: Cala Reale

Length: 6,4 km

Duration: 2 hours

Elevation gain: 28 m

Loop trail The trail is

suitable for cycling

Start from the visitor centre and follow the signs.

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Trail highlights:

The Austro-Hungarian chapel

This small chapel in the vicinity of Cala Reale sets us off on to this historical path.

The Austro-Hungarian ossuary

This large ossuary was built in 1936 at the behest of the Austrian government. The building stands uphill near the long pond, on the eastern slope of Mount Ruda. Inside are the remains of 7048 Austro-Hungarian soldiers exhumed from the various cemeteries.
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Campu Perdu

The farming branch of Campu Perdu, situated in the namesake settlement, is part of the agricultural penal colony, established on the island in 1885. It was built after the First World War and hosted inmates working in farming.

Find your way

Print the description

You can download the trail description in PDF format on the page dedicated to the trail, so you can print it out and take it with you during the hike.

GPX trail

After choosing the trail, download the GPX track to make sure you find your way.