Strolling through the ancient heart of the town, visitors can take part of its history by touring monuments and churches or by simply observing the private homes of great architectural value.
There are many different styles, materials used and types of buildings to take note of while strolling through the town streets. Departing from the lower part of the residential area, an itinerary of discovery can be traced through single details that tell of the centuries of history featured in Sardinia’s traditional architecture:
- in the rione San’Antonio district, the ancient portals to the peasant dwellings are still visible, with their large inner courtyards featuring muri in ladiri (raw clay bricks);
- continuing along the via Roma, there is a series of elegant 17th and 18th century buildings with refined façades such as those residences belonging to the Dessì and Todde families;
- the old town centre is teeming with architectural styles that can be seen in the various monuments and private residences:
- the chancel in the Santa Barbara parish is in Gothic-Catalan style;
- the elegant Lavatoio (Washhouse), built in the late 19th century is in Art Nouveau style, with its iron and cast iron floral forms recalling great refinement and taste, also seen in the imposing structure near the Mulino Cadoni mill or the two loggias of the ancient aqueduct standing next to the Lavatoio
- the many details in Art nouveau, style such as the small balconies with their exquisite railings and decorative façades of the private homes;
- there is no lack of dwellings built out of raw clay bricks and local stone in the town’s older districts that also feature some that cling to the rocks along the via Tuveri, via Garibaldi, or in the Carmelo and Castangias areas. The small homes are all crowded one on top of the other in this area, more modest dwellings close to the mountain.
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