Now in his 60s, Giulio, also known as Gora, lives in a wooden hut next to a huge rock in Valle della Luna on the northern coast. “Moon Valley” has been home to those in search of an alternative lifestyle since the first hippies arrived in the 1970s.
Sardinia – Been There

The hermit of Moon Valley

Photo by Francesco Pistilli

Sardinia – Been There The hermit of Moon Valley

Sardinia has this wild side that seems to inspire a certain kind of person. I find one such living in a small hut in Valle della Luna (Moon Valley), near Capo Testa.

Teo Butturini
Teo Butturini Travel Writer

Giulio, also known as Gora, is in his 60s but his eyes shine with a light that makes him look much younger. “I live here now,” he says, “I leave only if winter gets too cold. It’s a sort of hermitage for me, even if in the last few years the place has been getting too crowded and noisy during summer months, with youngsters that come to rave.

“That’s not the real spirit of the valley. Before it was always very quiet, a place to meditate and enjoy nature in total freedom. This change is creating some tensions between the older residents and the new ones, but we try to live in peace.”

At the age of five he left Sardinia, together with his family, heading to Milan where it is easier to find a job. The family did well, but he always felt like he had lost his homeland. During the 1970s, he was close to Italy’s left-wing community, but left for Mexico when things started to turn violent.

“I traveled in Chiapas for some time and then I moved to India, where I joined the Hare Krishnas and learnt about meditation,” he says. “Since then my life has completely changed. It was as if I started having my own revolution, a completely peaceful one, starting from myself, inside myself. And then I decided to come back to my homeland.”

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Cala Grande, near the Capo Testa peninsula, has been a magnet for hippies and backpackers since the 1970s. Its second name, Valle della Luna (Moon Valley), was inspired by the white granite boulders that shine under moonlight. Photo by Francesco Pistilli

Francesco Pistilli

Francesco Pistilli

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Cala Grande, near the Capo Testa peninsula, has been a magnet for hippies and backpackers since the 1970s. Its second name, Valle della Luna (Moon Valley), was inspired by the white granite boulders that shine under moonlight.

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