The town of Oristano, located in the central-western part of Sardinia, is the provincial capital and seat of an archbishop, is 90 Km from Cagliari. Oristano is located near the homonymous gulf, a little paradise, full of beaches and coves. Oristano has excellent tourist services, you can stay overnight in the hotel and you can make outdoor excursions and visit the archaeological sites nearby, such as Tharros.
The birth of Oristano dates back to 1070 when the inhabitants of nearby Tharros, tired of pirate invasions, decided to migrate to the interior of Sardinia. The settlement grew to reach its peak in the twelfth century when it became the capital of the Giudicato of Arborea, governed by Giudicessa Eleonora. In this period the city reached an economic development thanks to the relationship with the maritime cities of Pisa and Genoa.
Oristano is a city rich in history and traditions. The old town still retains traces of its ancient glory thanks to the old buildings, churches and monuments, of particular value is the Torre di San Cristoforo, dating from the eleventh century represented the ancient city gate. Oristano offers several entertainment, in particular the local restaurants that offer tasty dishes served with local wine, the famous Vernaccia di Oristano. A few kilometers from Oristano you can visit the lagoon of Cabras that offers tourists a bright colours and a fantastic view, here, during the summer gather large groups of flamingos. Oristano is best known for the Sartiglia of Oristano: the most awaited event of the Carnival in Sardinia. The Sartiglia is a true equestrian, where experienced riders, dressed in the traditional Sardinian costume, must be able to spear a star during the horseback ride. It is an exciting and suggestive event that refers to ancient traditions, known all over the world.
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