What to do in a day in Orgosolo?
Orgosolo is a city in the province of Nuoro, Sardinia, and is very famous for its beautiful murals. With just over 4,000 inhabitants, it is discreet, colorful and has a lot of history. Today we are going to walk around Orgosolo. Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patricia you make the trip of your dreams !!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”.
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When we talk about Sardinia, it is inevitable that the splendid Sardinian beaches come to mind with their white sands, fresh breeze and clear waters, but the region goes much further and offers us a true lesson in history and beauty little known by the general public. Today I take you to a town in the province of Nuoro, known for its famous murals; we will get to know Orgosolo.
The name Orgosolo comes from ‘orgosa’ or ‘orgas’, and means “land rich in water”. Surrounded by nature, the city is perfect for those who want fresh air, abundant forest and incredible panoramas! Orgosolo is located at the foot of the Supramonte, in the Barbagia area and on the border with the province of Ogliastra. Orgosolo offers us some very interesting sights, but the highlight of the city is, without a doubt, its beautiful murals. Also read:Five places you must know in Sardinia!
Some Murals in Orgosolo
The Famous Orgosolo’s Murals
Dionysus, a group of local anarchists, signed the city’s first mural in 1969; after a few years, to honor the Resistance and the Liberation of Italy from Nazi-Fascism, a Siena teacher and his high school students created other murals around the city. This way, the ‘tradition’ began, making artists and local groups colored the city with their art in the form of beautiful murals. The techniques are very simple: the artists use water-based paints, most used to paint interiors, and, therefore, it ends up being very perishable to the actions of the climate, but, according to them, it is the best paint for painting and , therefore, it is normal for them to be ‘touched up’ frequently to keep their colors alive.
The painting styles are the most varied and range from impressionism to hyper-realism, passing through naive painting to realism, there is something for all tastes. The city’s murals represent a new form of urban ‘decoration’, street art, and in most cases keep the message of a collective and popular art unaltered, subject to the judgment of those who observe it every day without fear of being criticized.
Each mural tells an intellectual story
Each mural tells an intellectual story that lives on in the city’s traditions; they tell the story of an ardent, rebellious and politically active territory, unafraid to fight for the good of the society in which they live! Orgosolo dialogues and creates eternal bonds with inhabitants and visitors; it is, in fact, magic.
- Hire a local guide to take a detailed tour and discover the most interesting murals in the area! It’s surprising! The city has about 150 murals spread across its walls.
1) What to do in a day in Orgosolo? VISIT CASA MUSEO
An unmissable place to visit in the city is, without a doubt, “Sa Dommo e sos Corraine”, called Casa Museo Orgosolo. This museum is actually a four-story house and is furnished with furniture from the 14th and 20th centuries. The house reminds us a lot of the country’s agro-pastoral culture and the tour is made by the owners of the house, Mrs. Maria Corraine and her very kind husband. They guide you through every room and tell you extraordinary stories about the entire region and, of course, Orgosolo.
2) What to do in a day in Orgosolo? VISIT THE CHURCHES
Orgosolo also offers us beautiful churches. Among them we can mention Holy Cross, St Anthony Abbot – from the 14th century – in the center of the city, St Antony of Padua, St Peter Apostle (the patron saint of the city), from where we can see a beautiful 15th century bell tower with its two clocks. There are also the Church of St Nicholas of Myra, the parish church of the Most Holy Savior and, finally, the sanctuary of the Blessed Vergine Assunta, from 1634. All are simple, but in their simplicity, they house true works of art.
3) What to do in a day in Orgosolo? DO A TOUR WITH TRAILS
If you like adventure and want something more ‘extreme’, you can’t miss a 4×4 tour in Supramonte. With delightful trails that offer breathtaking views, it is ideal for those who want to discover a totally different Orgosolo! The tour takes us along little-known roads and, from the top, we can see the entire area where the city is located! If you prefer, you can also go up on foot, no problem! Remember to wear comfortable clothes and shoes, apply sunscreen and hydrate during the journey, ok?
- Would you like a typical Sardinian lunch? Then you are literally on the right track! The company responsible for the tours mentioned above is Montes Orgosolo and they also offer a typical lunch on the mountain. UNMISSABLE! Everything will delight you: the location, the flavors, the aromas! It really is magnificent!
The beaches near Orgosolo
It is almost impossible to talk about Sardinia without mentioning its beaches and, if you are in Orgosolo and want to take a trip by the sea, you will find several options at your disposal! Also read What are the top ten beaches in southern Italy?
From Orgosolo, you can go to some of the most famous and beautiful beaches on the whole island, among them we can mention the famous Cala Gonone, which is about 50 kilometers away.
Cala Goloritze, Cala Mariolu and Cala Sisine
From the small port of Cala Gonone you can explore the region even further and visit other splendid Calas such as Cala Goloritze, Cala Mariolu and Cala Sisine, all reachable only by sea. It is worth remembering that this area is home to some of the most idyllic beaches in all of Sardinia! The transparent water contrasts with the blue sky and the golden sun in a poetic, magical and unique way!
- Don’t miss the Grotta del Bue Marino. It is a cave with an 8 km long tunnel inside the mountain. Once there, you can take a walk along the available walkways and be enchanted by the incredible color chart, ranging from emerald green to turquoise blue. It really is awesome! Even for the most demanding tourists.
Baunei Coast and Cala Luna
Near Orgosolo you can also go to the famous Baunei Coast. Even though it’s a little farther, it’s VERY worth it! It is one of the most famous in the world and is about 1h40 by car from Orgosolo. There you will find 40 kilometers of unspoiled beaches and cinematic panoramas! There you will also find the well-known Cala Luna. In the Gulf of Santa Maria Navarrese, Cala Luna is a natural ‘construction’ made up of tall limestone rocks that form a protruding coastline over deep waters; the place is surrounded by caves and gorges that reach the sea, and framed, of course, by the fantastic sea and the incredible white sands. Is it worth the visit? WITHOUT A SHADOW OF A DOUBT!
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What to do in a day in Orgosolo? For those who want to visit Orgosolo, it’s good to know that the city will enchant you! More than that, it will win your heart in an impressive and almost unbelievable way, since, at first glance, the city has little to offer us. Rest assured that your tour of the city and its surroundings will make you fall even more in love with this fantastic island called Sardinia.
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