Sassari Travel Guide

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Sassari used to be the basis of the Genovese on the island, rivalling with Cagilairi where the Pisans had their headquarters. When the kings of Aragon took over the islands, they made Sassari into their stronghold, and you will find many houses in a Spanish Gothic style in the old town of the city.

Sassari was created in XI century where two presidents of the Italian Republic were born, in which was created the first University in Sardinia (in 1562) that have a long fortification with several round and square towers all around the city center and, among many romans and spanish churches and chappels, its Duomo (Cathedral) that link in a beautiful building the Roman architecture with the Spanish architecture, from the XII century to the XVI century.

In town you can also visit a great square place of 10.000 square meters and a beautiful fountain (that is the symbol of the town) in one of the three valley that are included in the town of Sassari. Something very typical in Sassari is also the food: red and wite wines, several kind of snails (called "ciogga"), soup of cabbage and faves (called "favata") and the roasted meat called "ziminu", really gorgeous. The main celebration in the Island of Sardinia with folkloristic dresses is in Sassari on the tird Sunday of May. Undreds of people with their colorefull and rich dresses and many many horses are comming from all around the Island for a great show along the main streets of the town. But the celebration that is in the mind of the people of Sassari is the "festha manna" (the big fiesta) of the "Candelieri".

Every year starting at 6pm on August 14th the 9 traditional arts and professional associations are carring nine enormous wouden candels of 3/5 meters along the Corso (main street) till the St Mary church (Chiesa di Santa Maria in Betlem). All the population and the mayour of the town are participating in this event that call people from all around the World.

The new town is not really special. The only attraction is the Museo Sanna which has a good archeological collection.

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May 13, 2005 change by giorgio

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