Piazza Eleonora d’Arborea

Top choice in Oristano

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 footballs against the glowing palazzi. The city’s central square since the 19th century, it’s flanked by grand buildings, including the neoclassical Municipio. In the centre stands an ornate 19th-century statue of Eleonora, raising a finger as if about to launch into a political speech.

Bargain hunters should drop by on the first Saturday of the month when the piazza hosts an antiques market.

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Nearby Oristano attractions

1. 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…

2. Municipio

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Oristano's town hall overlooks the elegant focal square, Piazza Eleonora d'Arborea.

4. Chiesa di San Francesco

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5. Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta


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6. Torre di Mariano II

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7. Pinacoteca Carlo Contini

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Oristano's municipal art gallery has a small but interesting permanent collection of Sardinian paintings, together with rotating exhibits by local artists.