Romanesque itinerary in the region of Oristano

<p>Hills and plains alternate in the northern part of the Campidano, an area devoted to animal husbandry and the cultivation of orange and olive trees which is also home to sanctuaries of great natural interest such as S'ena Arrubia and the Marcedd&igrave; pool, where it is still possible to watch flamingoes, cormorants and herons. During the carnival period Oristano, the old capital of the giudicato of Arborea, features the Sartiglia,&nbsp; a joust introduced around the mid-14th century on the occasion of the wedding of Giudice Mariano II. According to tradition, the joust determined the abundance of the harvest based on the number of stars &lsquo;transfixed&rsquo; by the race leader and the other knights. The area features interesting events all year round. In January, the exhibition &ldquo;I giorni della Memoria&rsquo; (&lsquo;The Days of Remembrance&rsquo;) at San Vero Milis are meant to commemorate the victims of totalitarianisms in the 20th century. A two-day symposium on quality gardening is organized in Milis in early spring. In the summertime Masullas offers a series of events ranging from exhibitions to performances; in July Santa Giusta features the de is fassois Regatta, a popular event taking place on the shores of the lagoon. The main event in Usellus is held in September; every first Sunday of each month a procession accompanies the statue of Saint Lucy from the parish to the small church on the plateau near the village. Also worthy of mention is the Sardinian New Wine Festival, held in Millis every year in the first ten days of November.</p>

The region corresponding to the province of Oristano was part of the Giudicato of Arborea in the Middle Ages. From the point of view of the ecclesiastical partition, it was subdivided into three dioceses, depending on three cathedrals: Santa Maria in Oristano, San Pietro in Terralba and Santa Giusta, in the homonymous village. Right the latter monument – focus of this itinerary – is among the most significant ones, not only with reference to the Sardinian Romanesque, but within the whole Italian Romanesque. In this area, a series of smaller-sized buildings are still worth visiting: from the churches of San Paolo in Milis and Santa Sofia in San Vero Milis, to the north of Oristano, up to the churches of Marmilla, with San Leonardo in Masullas and Santa Reparata in Usellus, to the south-east of the chief town. 

Itinerary map

Accommodation1740|1741 [2]

Art and culture1551 [1]

Handicrafts and typical products1527 [1]

Cultural centres1575 [1]

Cinemas and theatres1599 [1]

Nature and wellness1623 [1]

Restaurants1667|1668 [2]

Leisure1696 [1]