Vacation in Oristano, in the heart of the city

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In the heart of Oristano

Enter the heart of the ancient capital of one of the most famous Districts of Sardinia, the home of Eleonora d’Arborea. Enjoy the medieval atmosphere of the timeless alleys and charming squares.

The discovery of the historic centre – 5 minutes walking distance from Mistral 2 – starts with the City Gallery (Pinacoteca Comunale Carlo Contini) which hosts an important collection of Renaissance, Modern and Contemporary Sardinian paintings, besides the Documentation Centre of the Sartiglia.

On the right you can find the neo-classical Church of Saint Francis (Chiesa di San Francesco). Within the church’s baroque interior lives the famous wooden sculpture of the Crucifix of Nicodemus, a 14th century carving considered to be one of Sardinia’s most important works. Close to San Francesco there is the Cathedral of St Mary of the Assumption (Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta) and the Museo Diocesano.

Further on we reach Piazza Eleonora, which represents the heart of social and political life in Oristano. In fact, most of the municipal authorities overlook this piazza. Furthermore, a magnificent statue of Giudicessa (ruler) Eleonora d’Arborea was erected in the centre of the square in 1881. It is considered a meeting place by everyone in Oristano: during summer kids play on the square, while adults meet up to have a chat and sit among the elegant buildings of the square.

Corso Umberto, known by the inhabitants as Via Dritta, will lead you directly to Piazza Roma and the Tower of Marianus II, also known as the Torre di San Cristoforo, one of the few remaining parts of the city’s 13th century walls.

Further ahead, on Via Parpaglia, we find the 19th century Palazzo Parpaglia, the site of the Antiquarium Arborense, the most important museum in Oristano, which exhibits a vast archaeological collection of ancient pieces dating back to Neolithic, Nuraghic, Punic and Roman epochs.

Towards the end of Via Mazzini, we find the cylindrical tower of Portixedda, which once constituted the entrance to the city. Nowadays it’s used for temporary exhibitions.