On the eastern side of the Tirso Valley lies the town of Benetutti. Its name according to Casalis (Italian abbot and historian) was given by the Pisans because they realized that the thermal baths, present in the area, were "good for all ills," but, given its location in the Valley, it may also derive from the Latin "bene tuttus," meaning "well protected." Present-day Benetutti arose around 1100.
During the Aragonese and Spanish periods it had the fate of all the other towns in Goceano, which from the mid-1400s onwards were hit by epidemics and depopulation.
THINGS TO SEE
Numerous nuraghi attest to the flourishing of a remarkable civilization, such as Carvoneddu, Orrile and Tolidda. The latter built near a vein of water gushing from a boulder, until the last century was the best preserved.
The Dolmen of Monte Maone, which is difficult to visit because it is on private land, is, unfortunately, in a state of disrepair, and is a hybrid between hypogeic and megalithic burial, in that it is a cave excavated, like the Domus, in the rock and with on its sides not slabs but dry stone walls, covered with a single slab.
Inside the garden of a small villa, which can be reached by skirting the cemetery, we find the Domus de Janas of Montrigu Lolloe and, continuing on the same road, still inside private land, we find the Necropolis de Sos Molimentos with several Domus, one of which has a double-pitched roof.
Very beautiful is the Necropolis of Luzzanas dating from 2500 B.C., which is located along the road from Benetutti to the baths of San Saturnino. Accessed only from above, it has a shaft entrance leading to a chamber with two doors, which lead to two tombs. Tomb number one has graffiti depicting a labyrinth with spirals, which probably represents the itinerary, full of pitfalls and not easy that the soul of the deceased must face before reaching the afterlife. A few hundred meters away is the nuraghe of the same name.