Sassari, Sardinia

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Visit Sassari

Sassari is the second largest city in Sardinia. It is the third municipality after Rome and Ravenna in terms of territorial extension. The location of the city is found on a limestone tableland facing the Golf of Asinara. The 32 km coatline is adorned by beautiful beaches such as the Platamona, Argentera, and Fiume Santo. The climate in Sassari is usually mild.

The St. Nicholas Church, Palazzo Giordano, Piazza Italia, Palazzo Ducale, and the Rosello Fountain are the monumental architecture that reaps the most attention.

The St. Nicholas Church is an impressive baroque façade with the statues of martyrs placed in niches. A bell-tower is found by the church and its interior is gothic style dating back to the 13th century. The external part was built in the 17th century.

Palazzo Giordano was built in 1878 which served as the headquarters of the Banco di Napoli. Gugliemo Bilancioni decorated the rooms of the palace.

Piazza d’Italia was built in 1872 in about over a hectare piece of land. It is also called the Sassari’s lounge. The province’s Palace or il Palazzo della Provincia and statue of Vittorio Emanuele II are found here.

Palazzo Ducale was constructed by the end of the 18th century. The palace was bought by the municipal administration and is now the location of the small town hall.

The Rosello fountain was built during the 17th century. It was built to represent the need for water in the center of the city. The fountain is not as important as it used to be when water was scarce. The walls of the fountain are adorned by 12 lions whose mouths are sources of flowing water.

The old town is also filled with interesting churches. One of them is the St. Mary’s church where the candarieri are kept. The cathedral of St. Nicholas is another beautiful church has recently been restored and is now open for the visitors to view.

People interested in finding Sardinian art must visit the Sardinian craftsmanship pavilion located in the centre of the city. Art exhibits happen here. Worthy collections can be seen in the Archaeological Museum of Sanna.

Sassari is frequently visited in May because of the famous Cavalcata Sarda or the Sardinian horse ride. An even called the descent of Candelieri or La Ferrada is the most remarkable one in the city where nine huge candles are paraded around the city in colorful crowds.

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Map of Sassari & places nearby

Selected places to visit in or near Sassari, Sardinia