In the heart of Oristano
Visit the heart of the ancient capital of the Giudicati period, homeland of Eleonora d'Arborea, and enjoy the Medieval atmosphere in the crossing of timeless alleys and charming squares, immersed in the silence.
The discovery tour of the old town - 5 minutes walking distance from Mistral2 Hotel - starts with the local Art Gallery in via Sant'Antonio, where you can admire the permanent collection of the town of Oristano, temporary exhibitions of prestigious artists in the international scene, works of Sardinian artists of the XX century, Besides, in via Eleonora, the Documentation Centre of Sartiglia hosts a special section dedicated to our Carnival ceremony.
Keeping to the right, you find the neoclassical church of San Francesco, where the crucifix of Nicodemus is exposed. It is one of the most famous representations of the Suffering Christ, handcrafted by the Spanish School in the XIV century. Not far away, there are the cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta and the Diocesan Museum, which collects the silverware from the Arborea area of the XIV and XV centuries, and one of the most ancient dossals in Sardinia, painted at the end of XIII century by Memmo di Filippuccio.
The nearby piazza Eleonora, with the marble statue of the female judge, Eleonora d'Arborea, situated in the centre of the square, represents the social and political life of the town, where there are the administrative offices of the City Hall. In the summertime, it is a meeting place for everyone in Oristano: children play on the square, whereas the adults meet up to have a chat and sit among the elegant buildings of the square.
Further on, Corso Umberto, commonly called via Dritta, will lead you directly to piazza Roma, where stands the Tower of San Cristoforo (or Tower of Mariano II), the remains of the town wall, dating back the Giudicati period, at the end of XIII century.
Continuing along the ancient via Parpaglia, you will see the XIX century Palazzo Parpaglia, seat of the Antiquarium Arborense, the most important museum of the area of Oristano, which displays a wide collection of archaeological pieces of the Neolithic, Nuragic, Punic and Roman Ages.
Through the alleys of the old town, you come across a second tower, Portixedda, located near via Mazzini. It was the antique entry to the town, also a part of the ancient walls. Nowadays, it is used for temporary exhibitions.
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