Museo Antiquarium Arborense
Statue of Eleonora
Piazza Eleonora d'Arborea became the city's central square through 19th-century urban reforms. Today it is a quiet spot where you can...
Piazza Eleonora d’Arborea
Oristano’s elegant outdoor salon sits at the southern end of pedestrianised Corso Umberto I. An impressive, rectangular space, it comes...
Municipio (Town Hall)
Oristano's Town Hall overlooks the elegant focal square, Piazza Eleonora d'Arborea.
With its piazza seating and relaxing music, this popular centro storico (historic centre) cafe is a great spot to hang out over a...
Ristorante Craf Da Banana
Housed in a former 17th-century granary, this brick-vaulted restaurant enjoys a good local reputation. Hearty country fare dominates the...
Piazza Corrias · interesting places nearby
Museo Antiquarium Arborense information
Oristano’s principal museum boasts one of the island’s major archaeological collections, with prehistoric artefacts from the Sinis Peninsula and finds from Carthaginian and Roman Tharros. There's also a small collection of retabli (painted altarpieces), including the 16th-century Retablo del Santo Cristo, by the workshop of Pietro Cavaro, which depicts a group of apparently beatific saints. But look closer and you’ll see they all sport the instruments of their tortures slicing through their heads, necks and hearts.
The permanent collection, which includes a scale model of 4th-century Tharros, is displayed on the upper floor. Here you'll find prehistoric obsidian and flint spearheads, axes, bones and a smattering of jewellery from the Sinis Peninsula. More interesting, though, is the stash of finds from Carthaginian and Roman Tharros, which includes ceramics, glassware, oil lamps, amphorae, and a range of pots, plates and cups.