|Set in enchanting surroundings and only a short distance from the amazing beaches of the Gulf of Orosei, Galtellì is a town steeped in history, rich in religious art, architecture and tradition with the charm of a lifestyle that has become a rarity.
Worthy of an attentive visit are the churches. First and foremost the Romanic cathedral of San Pietro adorned with medieval frescoes that relate back to the Byzantine tradition and depict scenes from the old and new testament. Also of great artistic value are the polychrome wooden figures such as the 13th century Cristo Crocifisso (Christ on the Cross) created in the Tuscan gothic style and to which many miraculous acts have been attributed thus attracting devoted visitors from all over the island.
During Holy Week the whole community participates in what is an emotional and deeply moving experience. Led by the confraternity, a procession winds its way through the silent town accompanied only by the chants of the choir in this annual renewal of archaic devotional practices and rites.
Very appealing and worth a visit are the ruins of the medieval castle of Pontes, one time family residence of the Barons who presided over the area.
Throughout the entire territory are reminders of a long gone era evidence of which can be found on visiting the hypogeiche tombs or “Domos de Jana” some of which are situated within the residential part of the town. Even more attractive is the old centre of the town with its architecture and scenes of traditional everyday life. The townsfolk evoke the images, the environment, the houses, the essence, the silence and the spirit of the Galtellì described in Grazia Deledda’s acclaimed novel “Canne al Vento” (Reeds in the Wind). It is still possible to catch a glimpse of the places that inspired the great masterpiece as many of them are still intact today. The Deleddian Literary Park is dedicated to this Nobel winning author.
The Ethnographic Museum in Via Garibaldi is still known locally as “Domos è sos Marras” (house of the Marras). This 17th century dwelling houses a collection that recounts and gives insight to the lifestyle, traditions and economy of a farming community over the centuries.
Galtellì takes pride in the significant number of hospitable places offering comfortable accommodation where visitors become temporary citizens and participants in savouring the essence and marvelling at the Galtellì of the celebrated novel “Canne al Vento” by Grazia Deledda.