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Oristano might not be Sardinia’s most famous city, or indeed its biggest. However, these facts only serve to make it even more impressive quite how much this beautiful little city and its surrounding area have to offer. Within a relatively small space you can find everything from buzzing urban centres to tranquil beaches, innovative gastronomy to ancient ruins. A more varied place would be very hard to find indeed. Oristano is rich in history and culture and this is reflected both in the city sights and in its atmosphere. Within the historic centre there are several beautiful churches representing different eras of history and different architectural styles. Besides churches, there are plenty of other examples of wonderful architecture and design such as the towers of the old city walls or the grand baroque buildings of piazza Eleonora. The narrow, winding streets are filled with shops selling jewellery, clothing, gifts and food and there is a refreshing lack of large chain stores here, giving way to a more artisan, more personal way of doing things. In the cafés and piazzas locals and visitors alike sit and chat animatedly at all hours of the day, creating a friendly, welcoming ambience that can be felt all around the city.