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[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[update], the city had 32,165 inhabitants.[1] The economy of Oristano
is based mainly on services, agriculture, tourism and small industries.


1 History 2 Main sights 3 Culture

3.1 Sa Sartiglia and other events

4 Transport 5 Geography

5.1 Climate

6 Twin towns – sister cities 7 See also 8 References 9 External links


Port'a Ponti Door Tower in Piazza Roma

was previously known by the Byzantines as Aristanis (in Byzantine Greek: Αριστάνις), and founded close to the ancient Phoenician settlement of Othoca (now Santa Giusta). It acquired importance in 1070, when, as a result of the frequent Saracen
attacks, Archbishop Torcotorio made it the seat of the bishopric, which was previously in the nearby coastal town of Tharros. It also became the capital of the giudicato ("judiciary", equivalent to a Duchy or Kingdom) of Arborea. Consequently, fortifications were designed, but the building thereof went on until judge Mariano II rose to power. In medieval times Oristano
vied for power over the whole island of Sardinia, and therefore waged wars against the other Sardinian kingdoms which culminated in the attempt to conquer the whole island during the reign (1347–75) of Mariano IV and that of his son Hugh III (1376–1383) and his daughter Eleanor (1383–1404). The giudicato of Arborea
held out to be the last Sardinian kingdom (Giudicato) to cease to exist in 1420, about 10 years after the battle of Sanluri. It was transformed in Marchesato by the Aragonese and conquered, following a revolt by the last marquess Leonardo Alagon, by the Catalan troops of the Kingdom of Aragon, in 1478 after the battle of Macomer. Thereafter, Oristano's history was that of the island of Sardinia, characterised by the Aragonese-Spanish (until 1708) and Piedmontese (from 1720) dominations, and then the unification of Italy. In April 1921, David Cova, Emilio Lussu, Camillo Bellieni and other Sardinian veterans of World War I
World War I
founded in the city the Sardinian Action Party. Main sights[edit]


The Christ in the Church of St. Francis

The Tower of St. Christophoros, otherwise known as Tower of Mariano II, was built in 1290, is 19 metres (62 ft) tall and the most striking remaining evidence of the old walls built at the time of the Giudicato, as it was one of the main gates thereof. Torrione ("Big Tower") of Portixedda. St. Mary's Cathedral (1130) was rebuilt during the reign of Mariano II after being destroyed in a siege. Of the original structure of Mariano, only parts of the apse and base of the campanile are left, as well as the Gothic Chapel of the Rimedio, which houses some medieval sculptures. Parts of a more ancient Byzantine edifice can be seen in the court. To the 17th century renovation belongs the Chapel of the Archivietto ("Chapel of the Small Archive"). The current Baroque style is largely from the 19th-century restoration. It has been supposed that the Cathedral was used for the burials of the giudici and their families, but the subsequent dominations have deleted all traces of them. In the interior is a wooden statue of the Annunziata, attributed to Nino Pisano. The Church of St. Francis of Assisi was built around 1200 and is currently in neo-classical style. Therewithin is the Christ of Nicodemus, a wooden sculpture believed to be the work of Valencian masters, dating back to the 14th century. The Franciscan church of Santa Chiara (consecrated in 1428) is an edifice in French-Gothic style with a single nave and a square apse. The Church and cloister of the Carmine is one of the best examples of Baroque-Roccoco architecture in Oristano. The Church of Saint Sebastian is the only medieval extramural church, i.e. it is located outside the walls. The Church of Saint Dominic (San Domenico) was built in 1634 at the initiative of friar Pietro Flores and financially supported by local nobleman Baldassarre Dedoni. Citizens also made donations in exchange for 2 square metres (22 sq ft) of floor space for a tomb therewithin. The building is a rectangularly-shaped chamber with two chapels formed in its right side wall: one of them is dedicated to Saint Vincent and the other one to the name of Jesus. Most notably, it has a wood retable that served as the main altar and includes several niches dedicated to Saint Dominic and other Saints. Upon the suppression of religious orders in 1832 the Dominicans, who had been in charge until then, bequeathed the church to the archconfraternity of the Saint Name of Jesus. It was thereafter refurbished several times, deconsecrated and currently serves as an Auditorium for congresses and concerts. In the village of Massama is the small pre-Romanesque church called Oratory of the Souls, showing influences from the Visigothic art
Visigothic art
of the 8th century.

Culture[edit] Sa Sartiglia and other events[edit]


Costumes of Oristano

Sa Sartiglia, otherwise known at its inception as Sartilla, is an equestrian tournament held in Oristano
for the past 500 years on Carnival Sunday and Mardi Gras. The tournament on Sunday is organized by the Corporation (Gremio) of farmers, whereas that on Mardi Gras is organised by the Gremio of carpenters. It has arguably an ancient Castillan origin. Researchers M. Falchi and M. Zucca found a manuscript dating the first tournament to 1543, whereas Pau, a late local historian, believed it originated in Oristano
before the Spaniards set foot on the island. In fact, in a letter written to an English friar in the 14th century, St. Catherine of Siena stated that the Judge of Arborea
could provide two galleys and one thousand horsemen to fight in a crusade for ten years. While being far from conclusive evidence that the tournament had already been, or was about to be held, this letter is certainly a testament to the importance of horse-breeding in Oristano
and its surrounding countryside at the time. The name "Sartiglia" comes from Sortija which, in turn, evolved from the Latin word Sorticola, the diminutive form of Sors which does not only mean fate and fortune, but also "ring". The ring is a tin star provided with a hole at its centre, hanging from a ribbon strung above horseman's height across the street near the Cathedral, at which masked horsemen aim with their swords on steeds galloping at breath-taking speed, after being announced by trumpets and drums and having gathered pace down a route, covered with sand, snaking across the town centre. The number of stars caught on each day is a sign of the wealth that the harvest and carpentry work will bring to the corporations. At the end of Sa Sartiglia, elsewhere within the old walls, another sand covered route will be trodden by horses ridden by those same masked horsemen and women showing their stunning prowess, while engaging in all sorts of acrobatics on two and three galloping steeds at a time. This is called La Pariglia, and ends at sunset.

Su Componidori

The leader of both trials is called Su Componidori, meaning "the one who marshals". He is chosen by the members of the Corporations, who do not disclose his name until Candlemas, when Su Majorale announces it directly to the appointee and a careful selection of the horses as well as adequate practice can start. He is neither a man, nor a woman but androgynous, much akin to the land and, at the end of the tournament, blesses bystanders and the town with the "little doll of May" (Sa Pippia 'e maiu), a bunch of flowers swaddled in a ribbon, believed to pre-date the tournament itself, followed by the other horsemen at a canter first, and then alone, riding with his back on his galloping steed's, face up gazing at the Heavens. Transport[edit] Oristano
can be reached by train from Sardinia's ports of Olbia
and Porto Torres, and the island's main cities Cagliari
and Sassari. From Oristano
all villages of the province can be reached by buses departing the bus station close to centrally-located Piazza G.Manno. Moreover, a private concern provides a twice-daily bus service to and from Cagliari
Elmas Airport. The journey takes approximately 2 hours. Oristano
is served by the Fenosu Airport, far 3 km (2 mi) from the city, and by a cargo sea port. The airport isn’t operating anymore. Geography[edit] Climate[edit] Oristano
has a subtropical mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters. As manifests a mediterranean climate, precipitaton patterns are highly seasonally defined, with the vast majority falling during winter. Summers are still retaining warmth and humidity during night in spite of the dry weather.

Climate data for Oristano, Sardinia

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year

Average high °C (°F) 13.2 (55.8) 13.2 (55.8) 14.7 (58.5) 16.7 (62.1) 20.8 (69.4) 24.5 (76.1) 27.8 (82) 28.8 (83.8) 26.0 (78.8) 21.9 (71.4) 17.3 (63.1) 14.4 (57.9) 19.9 (67.8)

Average low °C (°F) 7.6 (45.7) 7.5 (45.5) 8.6 (47.5) 10.3 (50.5) 13.7 (56.7) 17.3 (63.1) 20.1 (68.2) 21.1 (70) 18.7 (65.7) 15.3 (59.5) 11.3 (52.3) 8.8 (47.8) 13.4 (56.1)

Average rainfall mm (inches) 50.0 (1.969) 60.5 (2.382) 44.4 (1.748) 51.4 (2.024) 32.8 (1.291) 16.7 (0.657) 4.4 (0.173) 7.3 (0.287) 34.2 (1.346) 69.7 (2.744) 92.5 (3.642) 65.0 (2.559) 528.9 (20.822)

Average rainy days (≥ 1 mm) 8 8 7 8 5 2 1 1 4 8 10 9 71

Source: [2]

Twin towns – sister cities[edit] See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in Italy Oristano
is twinned with:

Ciutadella de Menorca, Spain, since 1991 Garden City, Kansas, United States

See also[edit]


Arborea Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Oristano



Sartiglia, La grande Giostra equestre di Oristano. Sassari: Soter. 1994.  Oristano, La Sartiglia. Cagliari: L'Unione Sarda. 1992. 


^ All demographics and other statistics: National Institute of Statistics (Italy) (Istat). ^ Weather Service of the Italian Air Force " Servizio Meteorologico dell' Aeronautica Militare"

External links[edit] Media related to Oristano
at Wikimedia Commons

(in Italian) Oristano
official website

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· Comuni of the Province of Oristano

Abbasanta Aidomaggiore Albagiara Ales Allai Arborea Ardauli Assolo Asuni Baradili Baratili San Pietro Baressa Bauladu Bidonì Bonarcado Boroneddu Bosa Busachi Cabras Cuglieri Curcuris Flussio Fordongianus Genoni Ghilarza Gonnoscodina Gonnosnò Gonnostramatza Laconi Magomadas Marrubiu Masullas Milis Modolo Mogorella Mogoro Montresta Morgongiori Narbolia Neoneli Norbello Nughedu Santa Vittoria Nurachi Nureci Ollastra Oristano Palmas Arborea Pau Paulilatino Pompu Riola Sardo Ruinas Sagama Samugheo San Nicolò d'Arcidano San Vero Milis Santa Giusta Santu Lussurgiu Scano di Montiferro Sedilo Seneghe Senis Sennariolo Siamaggiore Siamanna Siapiccia Simala Simaxis Sini Siris Soddì Solarussa Sorradile Suni Tadasuni Terralba Tinnura Tramatza Tresnuraghes Ulà Tirso Uras Usellus Villa Sant'Antonio Villa Verde Villanova Truschedu Villaurbana Zeddiani Zerfaliu

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 247705