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Oristano, Sardinia

As is often the case with larger – if not large in the absolute sense – towns, the provincial capital of Oristano has a relatively lively compact historic center and little of note beyond that. In fact, even in that central area, the small details – from the sundial clock on the main square to pieces of artwork here or there to ironwork gates and balconies on side streets – are probably the most eye-catching aspects of the town ambiance.
Oristano, Sardinia
Oristano, Sardinia
Oristano, Sardinia
Oristano, Sardinia
Oristano, Sardinia
Oristano, Sardinia
Oristano, Sardinia
Also, the occasional perspectives towards churches.
Oristano, Sardinia
Oristano, Sardinia
Two churches, in the close vicinity of each other, are among the primary points of interest: San Francesco d’Assisi and Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta, both originating at the end of the 12th century but obviously remodeled many times since.
Oristano, Sardinia
Oristano, Sardinia
The cathedral is reasonably lavishly Baroque in the interior.
Oristano, Sardinia
Oristano, Sardinia
Probably the top sight of Oristano is the Tower of Mariano II, alternatively known as Torre di San Cristoforo, built in 1290.
Oristano, Sardinia
You can climb to its top for a nominal fee. The rooftop perspectives are always fun even when specific highlights are few.
Oristano, Sardinia
Oristano, Sardinia
Oristano, Sardinia
Oristano, Sardinia
Oristano, Sardinia
There are also remnants of the town’s medieval walls, known as Mura di San Antonio…
Oristano, Sardinia
… and a couple of minor museums that we certainly had no time allocated to.

Corso Umberto I, connecting the central Piazza Eleonora d’Arborea with Piazza Roma where the tower stands, is the main pedestrian thoroughfare, somewhat flamboyantly decorated with hanging jugs.
Oristano, Sardinia
Oristano, Sardinia
Oristano, Sardinia
Nothing extraordinary in Oristano, but mostly agreeable as is the rest of the region.