Lo stazzo gallurese
The Stazzo is a rural dwelling that is typical of the Gallura region. In the Gallurese dialect it is called Lu Stazzu. This structure is found both in northern Sardinia and in Corsica, but it is also found in other southern regions of Italy.
The word “stazzo” comes from the Latin “statio,” station. Stazzi are shelters and homes of Gallura shepherds and farmers. In Barbagia such temporary dwellings are known as Su Pinnettu; in Gallura, the equivalent structure is called the stazzo. The latter is distinguished by masonry that shows the building had served as a real and permanent home. The oldest stazzi date back to the eighteenth century, when the first Corsicans settled in Sardinia.
There are several stazzi for sale in the beautiful Gallura countryside. These have not yet been converted or refurbished. The Porto real estate agency is able to broker for those interested in buying.
Characteristics of the Gallurese stazzo
The stazzo was made of blocks of rough granite covered by a double slope roof whose main beam was usually made of juniper or chestnut wood. The building faced south-east to get the most sun.
The stazzo often consisted of a single room that was used as a kitchen, dining room, and bedroom. If a number of stazzi were close to each other, such that several families could run one farm, a “cussogghja” was founded.
The Gallurese Stazzo countryside is unique in Sardinia. The grazing hills of Gallura, interspersed with centuries-old dry-stone walls and dotted with cork oaks, could easily have taken the place of Provence in the most famous impressionist paintings.
Quiet and peace also make this countryside the perfect place for devoting oneself to wellness and meditation, as well as to traditional activities such as collecting wild herbs, cultivating a vegetable garden or keeping a small animal farm.
If you are looking for a stazzo or a typical Gallura farmhouse for sale, Demuro Real Estate has options for you. Select the stazzi category and send us a contact request.