Let's start our tour from Oristano, famous for its prehistorical monuments and its food and wine specialties. The charm of Oristano is particularly visible during the horse tournament of Sa Sartiglia, which takes place every year on the last Carnival Sunday and Fat Tuesday. Women and children perform in acrobatic figures while trying to hit the star riding horses. The festival, recalling ancient Medieval rites, is destination of thousands of tourists who, together with the locals, support and encourage the knights dressed in elegant Sardinian and Spanish traditional dresses.
Oristano is a nice village that with its culture and monuments represents the noble soul of Sardinia very well. The town played a leading role in the history of Sardinia: in the 11th century the town began to be embellished palaces, fortifications, towers and religious buildings. Visit St Christopher's Tower also known as torre di Mariano-the monument of judge Eleonora (1881), promoter of the Carta de Logu, one of the first codes of written laws in Europe. Also visit the museum Antiquarium Arborense, hosted in palazzo Parpaglia, where you will admire findings from the excavations in the punic town of Tharros, and the churches of san Francesco, in neoclassical style, and santa Clara, a rare example of Gothic style in the island. Finally, stop at the Cathedral of santa Maria Assunta (1130).