In the last few years, the number of tourists who choose Oristano as a must-visit tour during their Sardinia holidays has been greatly increasing.
Oristano is the main city of the central-western part of the island and in the past it played a leading role in the history of Sardinia, as it was the capital of the glorious Reign of Giudicato d’Arborea, the last bastion of Sardinian domination on the island.
Since the eleventh century the city has began raising enchanting palaces, a massive system of fortifications and towers and elegant churches. Strolling down the heart of the city, you immediately meet the grand Tower of San Cristoforo – also known as Torre di Mariano – heading in the main square, piazza Roma, and moving along Corso Umberto I, reach Judge Eleonora’s statue, promoter of the Carta de Logu, one of the first code of laws written in Europe. At the Antiquarium Arborense museum you can hear the whole story of her reign and the history of the city, since the time of Tharros ancient town.
Don’t miss to visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta. Its colorful Byzantine domes are a landmark in the city. Just in front of its churchyard, every year takes place the most awaited event and the one in absolute that attracts more visitors: the Sartiglia. The emblem of the city refers to an equestrian carousel, and goes on stage during the Carnival days. Taking part of this crowded festival is absolutely worthy, as you can witness the amazing skills and the beauty of the horse-riders and the amazons performing in the “Corsa alla stella” and in the acrobatic ride of the “Pariglie“. A timeless ritual that can grant you to live always great emotions.
Every corner of this cozy city will definetely surprise you with its famous handicraft products and the typical and genuine cousine.