History, Culture, and Nature in the heart of Sardinia


Ozieri is a small town enjoying a propitious hilly location and overlooking a vast plain where man's work cohabits with a still uncontaminated nature. The environment, the monuments and architectural features of the historical centre of the city witness a culture which goes back to the Neolithic age, 5000 years ago was characterized by the important settlement of the Grotte di S. Michele (S. Michael's Caves visited by numerous tourists) where were created theh famous vases now on exhibition in the local Archaeological Museum housed in the Ancient Convent of the Clares (religious order of the Clares) shelters every interesting archaeological finds, bronzes and a rich numismatic collection. There are several archaeological sites on the municipal land: Domus de Janas (Fairs' house), Tombe dei Giganti (Giants' Tombs), Dolmen and Sacred Wells (Pozzi Sacri). Over 100 nuraghes witness the relevant consistency of the population at that time. In particular Nuraghe Burghidu 

is a remarkable example for it complex structure made of three towers still standing out in the surrounding countryside. Dating back to the Roman Period is the Pont'Ezzu, a bridge in good condition on use till the Fifties. Thousand of tourist every year visit the Romanic Basilica of S. Antioco di Bisarcio (12th Century) one of the most important and better preserved ancient churches in Sardinia. Interesting is the mueum system that besides the Archaeological Museum includes the Museo d'Arte Sacra (Sacred Art Museu, which is now being organized) with precious finds as the Retabli (a number of paintings on wood alternating with wooden statues) of the Cinquecento (16th. Century), by the so called Maestro d' Ozieri (Master of Ozieri), the Milling and Bread-baking Art Museum (Museo dell'Arte Molitoria e della Panificazione) The Documentation Centre of Sardinian Language (Centro di Documentazione della Lingua Sarda), The AncientConvent of S. Francesco (Antico Convento di S. Francesco), The Contemporary open air Art Museum (Museo all'aperto di Arte Contemporanea) with the big Prometheus (Prometeo) by Aligi Sassu.
The old historic city-centre of Ozieri is characterized by narrow street, steps and squares on which overlook the ancient palaces of the noble Spanish families, made precious by the Altane (roof-terraces). Among these stands out the native house of Francesco Ignazio Mannu the author of the famous hymn "Procurade e moderare" known as the Sardinian Marseillaise. Of great historic interest are the churches, in particular the Duomo, the church of Santa Lucia (with the precious dolent gothic crucifix) and the church of the Cappuccini (religious order of the Capuchins), where S. Valentine's relics are kept.
From a cultural point of view Ozieri is regarded in Sardinia as a reference point as far the Language, Literature, Poetry and Sardinian folk-music are concerned. Here indeed take place regional Prizes of Poetry and Festivals of chorus and typical folk-songs in particular in the mid of September.
Ozieri is known as well for the huge livestock production. The best bovines are shown at the Provincial Cattle Fair that takes place in April. Particularly interesting is the breeding of select horses for flat course that occur at the race-course located in the hamlet of Chilivani.

Nature: rare species of flora and fauna


The surroundings are still uncontaminated. In the steps of the plain, among thistles, squills, cardoons, orchids and asphodels there still live autochtonous species as the Tiligugu (a lizard) or now extinguished in the rest of Italy and extremely rare also in Europe, as the Little Bustard and the Stone-curlew. It is not unusual to see Cranes, Storks, Duck-Hawks. In Spring numerous swallows, Bee-Eaters, and Hoopoes enliven the fields with their vivacious flight.
In the neighbouring Lake Coghinas extending its 

Le Visite Guidate


Basilica di S.Antioco di Bisarcio
Grotte di San Michele
Museo Archeologico presso l'Antico
Convento delle Clarisse
Museo d'Arte Sacra (in allestimento)
Nuraghe Burghidu
Museo all'aperto d'arte moderna con grande  
  "Prometeo" di Aligi Sassu
Chiese, vie e piazze del centro storico

picturesque loops on the fields, live Carps and Perches (captured by sport-fishers) and a large number of aquatic birds: Herons, Little Egrets, Great-crested Grebes, Bald Coots, and several species of ducks.
Most spectacular is the sighting of the rare Fish-Hawk diving from above to catch fish. Notwithstanding in Sardinia the Fish-Hawk has been declared extinct this predator is a customary visitor of the lake. Interesting excursions can be organized in the nearby woods of Monte Littu and Sa Fraigada. A charming and fresh landscape where it can be found springs of water reknown for its lightness.
In the thick of the oak-trees, hollies and pine-trees woods lives the extremely rare Sardinian Goshawk a subspecies of the mighty European predator specialized in hunting among the trees. Another rare inhabitant is the Quercino Sardo, a small and nice mouse.