Piazza Satta

Eastern Sardinia

This small square is dedicated to the great poet Sebastiano Satta (1867–1914), who was born in a house here. To celebrate the centenary of Satta's birth, sculptor Costantino Nivola gave the square a complete makeover, whitewashing the surrounding houses to provide a blank backdrop for a series of granite sculptures planted in the piazza like menhirs. Each sculpture has a carved niche containing a bronze figurine (a clear wink at Sardinia's prehistoric bronzetti) depicting a character from Satta’s poems.

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Nearby Eastern Sardinia attractions

1. Museo MAN

0.08 MILES

Housed in a restored 19th-century townhouse, this serious contemporary-art gallery hosts a wide range of rotating temporary exhibits.

2. Chiesa di San Carlo

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3. Museo Archeologico Nazionale

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4. Museo Ciusa

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5. Museo Deleddiano

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6. Cattedrale di Santa Maria della Neve

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7. Parco Colle Sant’Onofrio

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8. Museo Etnografico Sardo

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