The 10 Best Things to Do in Oristano, Italy

September 25, 2017 Esmeralda Fenner

Oristano [oriˈstaːno]  listen (help·info) (Sardinian: Aristanis) is an Italian city and comune, and capital of the Province of Oristano in the central-western part of the island of Sardinia. It is located on the northern part of the Campidano plain. It was established as the provincial capital on 16 July 1974. As of December 2010, the city had 32,165 inhabitants.
Restaurants in Oristano

1. Area Archeologica di Santa Cristina

Paulilatino Oristano, Sardinia, Italy +39 0785 55438
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5 based on 298 reviews

Area Archeologica di Santa Cristina

Reviewed By Linda S - Metchosin, Canada

The 5E per person admission includes the 3 sites here (sacred well, nuraghe village, christian church + village) as well as the Etnografico museum in Pauillatino. The sacred well is very unexpected and found inside keyhole shaped walls inside almond shaped walls. The well is made of almost perfect cut stone while the walls are made of rough stone - quite the contrast. The nuraghe village is nice in a pretty shady setting highlighted by one tower structure and two interesting barn structures. We just walked past the Christian church and village - pretty but the church wasn't open and is relatively new construction anyway.
The Etnografico museum in Pauillatino is housed in an interesting 'palace' type building but unfortunately was closed from 1-3pm when we got there in early November.

2. Sinis Yachting - Day Trips

Torre Grande, Oristano, Sardinia, Italy
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5 based on 53 reviews

Sinis Yachting - Day Trips

Give yourself an unique and unforgettable experience,- charter a sailboat with an expert skipper by Sinis Yachting,and go visiting the "Marine Protected Area of the "Penisola del Sinis-Isola di Mal di Ventre", the wild "Costa Verde" and the most beautiful coastlines of western Sardinia. Going out from the harbour of Torregrande, you will have a good time taking the helm and maneuvering the sails ploughing the Gulf of Oristano,for a day tour or for even two or more days. Once we've found the correct bay for you, we'll serve you a nice appetizer,or on reservation, a tipical sea-food lunch or a romantic dinner. In the cruises, than at least two days with the night stop on board, you can choose whenever you would like to wake up in the front of a desert beach or in a picturesque harbour. Wind in your hair, wonderful nature,snorkelling under an amazingly clear sea, adventure and relax!

Reviewed By CSVDtravellers - New York City, New York

The boat itself was great, very large, with two cabins below, and very comfortable up top. The trip itself was a great mix of interesting sights, swimming, and visiting beautiful Beaches. And the crew itself was excellent, very informative interesting, and nice. Overall, an excellent day, well worth the price if you have the opportunity to do this. Highly recommended.

3. Chiesa di Santa Giusta

Via Alessandro Manzoni 1, 09096 Santa Giusta, Sardinia, Italy
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4.5 based on 59 reviews

Chiesa di Santa Giusta

Reviewed By Steve_Grant1 - Oldham, United Kingdom

A imposing building from the outside situated at the top of a large flight of steps and an open square. Internally was ok but less than expected from the outside. Do visit the crypt to the right of the main altar.

4. Eolo Scuola di Windsurf

Lungomare Eleonora d'Arborea | Marina di Torre Grande, 09170 Torre Grande, Oristano, Sardinia, Italy
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4.5 based on 25 reviews

Eolo Scuola di Windsurf

Il centro Eolo Windsurf nato nel 1994 ad opera di un gruppo di persone amanti del mare e del vento, vuole incentivare la pratica di disciplina veliche super emozionanti.Presso Marina di Torre Grande in provincia di Oristano, la scuola organizza una serie di programmi didattici che consentono di trascorrere divertenti giornate in mare.Il centro composto da un team eccezionale, consente di scegliere tra le seguenti attivitá:lezioni e noleggio Vela Windsurf Catamarani Stand up Paddle Escursioni in barca Beach Sport 6 campi di cui 2 illuminati Punto ristoro Servizi spiaggia Inglese Eolo Centre Windsurfing is relatively easy to learn if you are taught in the correct manner. We aim to do just that!To their principles and use large boards with small sails.You can choose from the following courses: Beginner´s Taster Session Improvers´ Session Start Windsurfing Course Youth Windsurfing

Reviewed By Niluje N - Vevey, Switzerland

I contacted sevral windsurf school in Sardinia and they were clearly the most reactiv of all, giving me informations and finding solutions on everything I needed. This is without saying that on my arrival they found ways to make my stay as easy and nice...MoreGrazie !!!! i hope you come back in Sardinia ...we wait 4 you best regarde eddy and all staff

5. Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta

Piazza del Duomo, 53100, Oristano, Sardinia, Italy
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4.5 based on 61 reviews

Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta

Reviewed By BroLucius - Winchester, England

This Cathedral, unlike others on the West coast, does not 'close for lunch'. It is open 9-7 in the summer and 9-6 in the winter. It is impressive both outside and inside. So far as works of art are concerned, a highlight is the 14th-century wooden carving of the Madonna by Pisano. It is located in the far left chapel (looking from the altar), the Chapel of the Annunciation.

6. Mura medievali

Via Sant'Antonio, Oristano, Sardinia, Italy
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4 based on 83 reviews

Mura medievali

Reviewed By carolineenwillem - Zoetermeer, The Netherlands

Mura medievali is an interesting part of the old city. Apart from this wall and some churches, Oristano has little to offer. We had expected more to visit and see.

7. Spiaggia di Is Arutas

Strada Provinciale 59, 09072 Cabras, Sardinia, Italy
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Spiaggia di Is Arutas

Reviewed By WilcoVeerdonk - Veghel, The Netherlands

Yes, it is something special; a beach full of quartz "grain". But the nice rosa colouring we did not observe. Without this you get a relatively small beach that steeply declines in the sea, so not very accessible for young kids. There is one beach bar, but this is probably one of the dirtiest I have seen in my life.

8. Museo Civico Giovanni Marongiu

Via Tharros 121, 09072 Cabras, Sardinia, Italy +39 0783 290636
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4.5 based on 422 reviews

Museo Civico Giovanni Marongiu

Reviewed By Linda S - Metchosin, Canada

8 Euro for a combined Tharros and this Museum ticket. Can also add in a visit to the old Spanish Tower for a reduced price triple ticket. The museum is located right in the town of Cabras. It's a good museum with well set up showcases of local antiquities. Unfortunately only about 20% of the information boards are in a language other than Italian so that was a bit disappointing. The few English boards were well laid out and informative. Allow 30 minutes unless you can read Italian.

9. Antiquarium Arborense

Piazza Corrias, 09170, Oristano, Sardinia, Italy +39 0783 791262
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4 based on 53 reviews

Antiquarium Arborense

The Antiquarium Arborense, founded in 1938, is the most important museum in the province of Oristano: it shows a large number of archaeological finds which date back to different ages (Neolithic, Nuragic, Punic and Roman period), coming from the city of Tharros and the Sinis Peninsula. The Museum houses an important picture gallery, with the surviving panels of three retables (painted multi-panel altarpieces): the retable of Saint Martin (15th century), the retable of the Holy Christ (1533, by Pietro Cavaro from Cagliari) and the retable of the Councillors of Oristano (1565, by Antioco Mainas from Cagliari). On the first floor there are the plastic model of Tharros (4th century AD) and the plastic model of Oristano (14th century AD) during the age of the Giudicati, when the city was defended by imposing walls. The Antiquarium Arborense is the only museum in Sardinia with a section for blind and visually impaired people, with the most beautiful manufactures of the museum and the reproductions of valuable artefacts of Oristano's cultural heritage. The artefacts, made of different materials (ceramic, plaster, bronze, wood and marble), are chronologically ordered and information is available in large print, audio and Braille formats. Guided tours in the Museum and in the historical centre of the city of Oristano are available in English, French and Spanish language (booking is required).

Reviewed By Ciaran D - Geneve

Lots of things on display. We got a guide who was very enthusiastic, but I couldn't follow the Italian. An interesting room where you're supposed to touch everything,, good for kids. But I just felt that I was in a museum that I couldn't connect with.

10. Museo dell'Ossidiana

Via San Giorgio, 8 | Pau, 09090, Oristano, Sardinia, Italy +39 0783 934011
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4.5 based on 25 reviews

Museo dell'Ossidiana

Reviewed By MaxCastiglia - Oristano, Italy

ci troviamo di domenica con la famiglia a Pau, per visitare l'omonimo museo. l'occasione è un incontro per intrattenere i bambini per il tramite del gioco, stimolarli alla loro naturale curiosità. Così mentre loro sono impegnati, noi genitori ne approfittiamo per un giro accompagnati dalla guida, dentro il museo e scoprire i segreti di una storia cosi antica......quella dell'ossidiana.

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