Sassari’s principal cathedral dazzles with its 18th-century baroque facade, a giddy free-for-all of statues, reliefs, friezes and busts. It's all a front, though, because inside the cathedral reverts to its true Gothic character. The facade masks a late-15th-century Catalan Gothic body, which was itself built over an earlier Romanesque church. Little remains of this, except for the 13th-century bell tower.

Of note inside are the frescoes in the left transept and the Gothic fresco in the second chapel on the right. Also in this chapel is a fine painting of the Martirio dei SS Cosma e Damiano (Martyrdom of Saints Cosimo and Damien), attributed to the 17th-century artist Carlo Maratta.

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1. Palazzo Ducale

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Seat of Sassari city council and the Museo della Città. The museum is divided into two sections: the Stanze del Duca, three rooms illustrating the palace…

2. Pinacoteca Nazionale di Sassari

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Housed in a 16th-century Jesuit college, Sassari's municipal art collection boasts more than 400 paintings from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. Of…

3. Casa di Re Enzo

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With its arched portico and delicately crafted mullioned windows, this 15th-century building, now home to a clothes shop, is a rare example of Catalan…

4. Corso Vittorio Emanuele II

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The main drag through the centro storico, Corso Vittorio Emanuele II follows the path of the ancient Roman road from Porto Torres to Cagliari. Little…

5. Museo della Città

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This museum dedicated to Sassari's history is spread over three sites. Its main seat is Palazzo di Città, where exhibits illustrate the city's urban…

6. Palazzo di Città

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The principal seat of the Museo della Città, with exhibits illustrating the city's development, festivals and traditions

7. Casa Farris

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Casa Farris is a 15th-century townhouse now occupied by a women's clothing shop.

8. Piazza Tola

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Just north of Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, Piazza Tola was medieval Sassari's main square where condemned heretics were burned at the stake. Overlooking…