The route winds through many places of incredible beauty where nature coexists with the precious historical and archaeological sites. Bosa, built in the valley of the river Temo, is a stunning result of the union between the wild and rugged landscape, the ramparts overlooking the sea and the small rocky coves. A short distance into the territory of Cabras, the Sinis peninsula still preserves the testimony of a thriving business started by the Phoenicians, who founded the city of Tharros, then continued by the Romans and survived until the early Middle Ages. Continuing towards Oristano, capital of the mighty Judge of Arborea overlooking the homonymous gulf, we will arrive at Fordongianus, site of the ancient Roman baths today widely restored.
Day 1: Bosa
The town of Bosa has been inhabited since the Phoenician age and later colonized by the Romans; it is situated in the valley of the river Temo, the only navigable river in Sardinia, and reknown for its coral, fabrics and embroidery filet and the excellent Malvasia wine. Of historical interest is the Malaspina Castle which stands on the hill of Serravalle, where is situated the Church of Our Lady of Regnos Altos with frescoes of the Catalan school. Walking in Via Sant'Antonio Abate you reach the Romanesque church of San Pietro extra muros built around 1073 and 1300 to which was assigned the role of cathedral.
After lunch we will go hiking in the nature reserve Badde Aggiosu, Marrargiu and Monte Mannu. Hiking enthusiasts and bird watchers will be delighted by this route.
Back in the city we will visit the beach of Bosa Marina to admire the Torre Aragonese style of the Port of Isola Rossa.
Day 2: Cabras - Oristano
From Bosa we will start moving towards Oristano through Cabras and the enchanted Sinis Peninsula. A first step is the long beach of Is Arenas, surrounded by a large pine forest, culminating in the magnificent natural rock arch "S’Archittu", 15 meters high. The next stop is San Salvatore, the village where many Italian western movies were filmed and where the church houses a shrine in an ancient place of water worship. In underground environments are in fact preserved drawings, paintings and inscriptions of the Roman period. A short distance away is the church of San Giovanni di Sinis and the ruins of the ancient city of Tharros, in the Sinai Peninsula on the isthmus of Cape San Marco with a beautiful view of the Gulf of Oristano.
Tharros was a Phoenician city founded between the ninth and seventh centuries BC, very important for its flourishing business with Mediterranean countries. Inside you can see the remains of the baths, two cemeteries and a Tophet. A short distance from the ruins is the Marine Protected Area "Sinis Peninsula-Island of Mal di Ventre", where guests can visit the beach of Is Aruttas, composed by white quartz. In the historic center of Cabras you can admire the Church of Santa Maria Assunta, built in 1600, and the Church of St. John Salis, built on an old pagan cemetery. The Museum will fascinate careful visitors with the numerous finds of the ancient city of Tharros. During the visit to the winery Contini you can taste Vernaccia, local wines and other drinks .
Day 3: Oristano - Fordongianus
Facing the homonymous gulf, Oristano was the capital of the mighty District of Arborea. From Piazza Mannu, where there was one of the medieval gates of the city wall, we come to the Cathedral of Santa Maria. Than we reach the Cathedral church of San Francesco which houses important medieval works. In Piazza Roma you can see the medieval tower of St. Christopher that still has the original fifteenth-century bell that marked the events of the community. You can also admire the Church of the Carmine convent , the Gothic church of Santa Chiara and the Antiquarium Arborense that houses archaeological finds and prestigious works of art.
The Afternoon will be spent visiting the ancient city of Forum Traiani, the most important Roman city of the inland, created by the will of the emperor Trajan. Of this city we can only see the Roman baths "Aquae Ypsitanae", on the banks of the river Tirso, with baths fed by hot and cold springs. The town of Fordongianus is characterized by the distinctive colour of its houses: the red of local vulcanite stones carefully shaped in most of the religious buildings and domestic architecture of the area. On the via Traiano you can see Casa Madeddu, an ancient Aragonese house of the 5th century with doors and windows in Catalan style. Not far away is the sixteenth-century church of St. Peter the Apostle in trachyte. Outside of the town you can see the Romanesque church of San Lussorio.