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Top Choice Piazza in Oristano

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 to life on summer evenings when townsfolk congregate and children blast footbal…
Top Choice Trattoria in Oristano

Trattoria Gino

For excellent food and a bustling, authentic vibe, head to this old-school trattoria. Since the 1930s, locals and visitors alike have been squeezing into Gino's simple dining room to feast on tasty seafood and class…
Top Choice Carnival in Oristano

Sa Sartiglia

Oristano’s carnival is the most colourful on the island. It is attended by hundreds of costumed participants and involves a medieval joust, horse racing and incredible, acrobatic riding.
Top Choice Cafe in Oristano


This delightful, laid-back hang-out brings a slice of boho warmth to Oristano, with its rust-red walls, mishmash of vintage furnishings, book shelves and chipper service. Besides specialty teas (including Moroccan m…
Cathedral in Oristano

Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta

Lording it over Oristano’s skyline, the Duomo's onion-domed bell tower is one of the few remaining elements of the original 14th-century cathedral, itself a reworking of an earlier church damaged by fire in the late…
Museum in Oristano

Centro di Documentazione sulla Sartiglia

For a visceral taste of Oristano's headline festival, Sa Sartiglia, pop into this free museum adjacent to the city's Pinacoteca. Look out for various depictions of the Mamuthones, the sinister costumed characters th…
Bar in Oristano


This appealing new cafe, bar and arts space fills the interior courtyard and stone-and-brick-vaulted former stables of a palazzo on Oristano's main square. It's a great spot for everything from aperitivi to Sardinia…
Statue in Oristano

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 sit beneath the benign gaze of Queen Eleonora's statue. She holds the ground-brea…
Sardinian in Oristano

La Brace

This restaurant's name refers to the glowing embers of a wood fire, and grilled meats and fish are indeed its specialty – but you'll also find a full range of Sardinian appetisers, homemade pastas and desserts. The …
Tower in Oristano

Torre di Mariano II

Little survives of the medieval walled town except for a pair of towers. This 13th-century beauty, known also as the Torre di Cristoforo, was the town’s northern gate and an important part of the city’s defences. Th…