Itineraries nearby

The museum of Olbia
Olbia is a very ancient city with many cathedrals and museums. They are all placed in ancient building. Corso Umberto, the main street of the ancient city center, takes you to the archeological museum.
The archeological museum of Olbia is located on the small Peddone Island, facing the old harbor. The building looks like a ship in order to remember the ancient sailing soul of the city.
The Museum narrates the history of “Olbìa”, the “Happy” city for the Greeks, with its strategic harbor and its cultural layers grew over the centuries. This is the museum in Italy where you can find the biggest number of ancient boats. It is also the only one where you can find boat trees and rudders from the Roman age. So, it’s a masterpiece for lovers of the old sailing school.

TIMETABLE:
Monday and Tuesday close;
From Wednesday to Sunday included:
morning 10.00 – 13.00
Afternoon 17.00 – 20.00
Free entrance.

PLACES YOU CAN’T MISS

PEDRES CASTLE

The Castle of Pedres dates back to the Middle Age. It was built completely with stones.
It was used by the Pisans to defend the territory from the Spanish troops.

THE GIANTS’ TOMBS:

They date back to the Nuragic Age (1,500 years B.C.).
They are common tombs, created of huge stones stuck in the ground in a vertical position to create an immense corridor, covered by horizontal stones. The corridor ends with a 4 meters high stele, with a small opening at its base, probably to ease the passage of souls. Tombs are few meters away from the Castle of Pedres.
Free entrance.

ARCHEOLOGICAL SITES IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF OLBIA

HOLY WELL:

You can enter the holy well through a stairs made of 17 steps. When it was discovered, archeologists found many objects dated back to the Nuragic Age, the Phenician Age and the Roman age. The well was used throughout the centuries for pagan rituals.
It is made up of a wide courtyard from where you can enter the vestibule. The stairs connect it to the Tholos Room which covers the water well. The courtyard is surrounded by a four – step stairs.

 

THE ROMAN WATER MAIN:

The water main of Olbia was built by Romans between 1st and 2nd century AC. It starts from the water sources of Cabu Abas mountain. It is made up of a huge swimming room dug in the stone with a barrel vault with six holes for air. On the sides of the main tank there are two additional smaller tanks as well as the water way in and the water way out. On the arches there are the small channels for the transportation of water.

 

NURAGHE RIO MOLINU:

This typical building of the prehistoric age of Sardinia has a characteristic circular shape 8 meters wide. In addition to the main room, on the right side of the corridor there is a hallway and a small stairs that takes to a sacrifice hole. Here inside archeologists found bones and ceramics
During 1939, scientists found a bronze sculpture of a woman carrying a vase on the head.

PLACES OF WORSHIP

CHURCH OF SAINT PAUL:

The church is located in the ancient city center of Olbia.
It was the only church of the city until 1954.
During the Sixties, the local artist Alberto Sanna painted the internal walls.
Recently, in the church basement two tombs have been discovered with 18 local families inside.

THE CATHEDRAL OF SAN SIMPLICIO:

The cathedral of San Simplicio, in Olbia, it’s the most important monument of North-Eastern part of Sardinia. The altar guards the wooden sculpture of San Simplicio. Below the sculpture, in a box, there are his remains. The remains of San Simplicio were discovered in 1614 during the archeological digging of the church. Immediately after, they were moved to the Church of Saint Paul, because it was in the city center protected by the city walls. During 2001, the bishop Paolo Mario Virgilio Atzei decided to move them back to the cathedral with an official parade.