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Castelsardo is one of “Italy’s most beautiful Medieval town” with a captivating history intertwined with the surrounding natural wonders.
The town is located on top of a promontory by the sea… a breathtaking panorama that captures the eye upon arriving to the city center.
Built by the Dorias in 1102, it was originally called Castel Genovese and was used as a defence during the battles against Genoa and Pisa.
Conquered by the Spanish in 1448, was renamed Castel Aragonese.
We had to wait until after the Spanish domination to see the name Castelsardo arise.
At only a few metres from the Hotel Rosa dei Venti, Lu Bagnu’s beach is the perfect location for all our guests, looking for relaxing days on white sandy beach with crystal clear water.
Equipped with kiosks, umbrellas, and life guards during the day, it becomes the right place where you can party at night with bars, restaurants and live music by the beach.
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Wonderful Gothic Cathedral, the Cathedral of Sant’Antonio Abate is one of the most visited places in Castelsardo. Among his beauties, its internals painted by the unknown Maestro di Castelsardo are among the most popular.
The Maestrodi Castelsardo is one of Sardinia’s main Renaissance authors, whose identity is still unknown. Among his master pieces, the “Virgin Mary with Child on the Throne with Angels” dates back to the 15th century.
Besides being an historic building, the Episcopal Palace hosts two permanent exhibitions: the “Memorabilia Canonicorum et Episcoporum Ampurienses” and the “Witchcraft, Heresy and Holy Inquisition”.
House of the Inquisition Tribunal and set for a number of events linked to the witch hunt period, the Palace also hosts a library with over 4000 ancient books, among which the Gospel by Erasmus of Rotterdam; a 1579 Bible printed in Venice; a 1562 edition of the History of Italy by Guicciardini, and the 1542 ”Index Librorum Prohibitorum” (List of Prohibited Books).
The Mediterranean Weaving Museum, a collection of artisanal artifacts obtained weaving plant fibers, a widespread tradition in Sardinia is located in the Castle. Among the most popular pieces, the baskets of Castelsardo are those who attract tourists the most.
Obtained by dwarf palm trees, come in different sizes and shapes, including sieves and riddles.
In addition to the baskets, other popular objects can be found, such us various handicraft of common use linked to fishing and wine making, also crafted using the weaving technique.