Piazza Italia

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Sassari’s largest piazza is one of Sardinia’s most impressive public spaces. Covering about a hectare, it is surrounded by imposing 19th-century buildings, including the neoclassical Palazzo della Provincia, seat of the provincial government and, opposite, the neo-Gothic Palazzo Giordano, now home to the Banca Intesa SanPaolo. Presiding over everything is a statue of King Vittorio Emanuele II.

The statue was unveiled in 1899 to much pomp and costumed celebration, in anticipation of the grand event that would become the city’s main festival, the Cavalcata Sarda. The piazza also marks the starting point for Sassari’s other big jamboree, I Candelieri.

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1. Palazzo della Provincia

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One of Sassari's grandest buildings, the neoclassical Palazzo della Provincia sits in stately splendour on the northern flank of Piazza Italia. As seat of…

2. Palazzo Giordano

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Wandering across Piazza Italia, your gaze is drawn to the stately neo-Gothic Palazzo Giordano, now home to the Banca Intesa Sanpaolo.

3. Museo della Brigata Sassari

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Sassari is home to one of Italy’s most revered army regiments. The Sassari Brigade was established in 1915 and during WWI established a reputation for…

4. Palazzo d'Usini

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Overlooking the charming Piazza Tola is the 16th-century Palazzo d'Usini, one of the first Renaissance buildings to be constructed in Sardinia and now…

5. Museo Nazionale Sanna

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Sassari's premier museum, housed in a grand Palladian villa, has a comprehensive archaeological collection and an ethnographical section dedicated to…

6. 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…

7. 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…

8. Casa Farris

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