It's a 2.000 village inhabitants in the east of Sardinia; its name "Perdasdefogu", which reminds on its roots the ancient spanish conquerors who called it "Pierdas de fuego", means "Stones of fire".
And Sardinia it's a land of stones: the megalitic culture has left a great print all over Sardinia which praisies the rest of 30.000 nuraghes (7.000 of them still erected); giant's coffins, fairytale houses, and on therir ruines, after millennia of civilisation, you can easily find the rest of Phenician's and Roman's domination, with imponent cities on the strategic coast skyline and even a roman amphetheatre of the II century in the centre of Cagliari, the capital of Sardinia. And after the Romans, fierce enemies of unbendable ancient nuragic people, the decline, mostly in the second millennium A.D. with the Spanish and the italian Savoia.
Thera also the singing stones (but that's another story which deserves another post).
And there are the living stones: the Melises (see the link below for detailed newyork's report).
The Melises are stronger than stones: they have deserved a place in the world's guiness of record. The Melises are a family of nin siblings who sum up 825 years all together: the oldest being 105 year old; the youngest being 79 year old.
The american papers underlines the lackness of work making a great contrast with the capacity of living so long.
Also this is another story. I can only say that sardinian people are too much fatalist.
And if they will find the way to remember that their ancestors were so strong to be able to built such imponent and majestic buildings as the nuraghes, they are easily sorting out of all economic and financial crisis. It would enough to value their culture and to organize the international tourism after that (not only after the three months sea season).
But that a hard way to be found.