Bed & Breakfast La Porta Accanto - Sassari, Sardinia Bed & Breakfast La Porta Accanto
Bed & Breakfast La Porta Accanto - Sassari, Sardinia, Italy
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La Porta Accanto

Via Antonio Gramsci, 20
07100 Sassari
Sardinia, Italy

Mobile: (+39) 3288161418
info@bblaportaccanto.it

The fair of Candelieri (Candle Holders), the festival of the Cavalcata Sarda (Sardinian Cavalcade) and much more...

Sassari offers several leisure activities and can be enjoyed in many ways: as comfortable base to visit the wonderful sites nearby; as opportunity to get to know the city and put yourself in its friendly and convivial environment.

It is true that you can do both things at the same time, as there is no lack of attractions and places of interest.
And if you are in the city for working purposes, nothing prevents you to mix business with pleasure.

A city looking to the sea

Sassari is located in the immediate hinterland of the Gulf
of Asinara
and lies on a bright calcareous tableland which gently slopes down to the coast. The city is very near to the sea whose scent is pleasantly noticeable in the air.

Asinara, Cala S.Andrea (Courtesy of CCIAA Sassari)

Cosy, vivid and dynamic, Sassari retains the vestiges of a past sinking its roots in the middle ages as it became a free city, a centre for trades and a major cultural attraction.
In that period the historical centre got its actual shape which you can recognize in its distinctive maze of streets, alleyways and little squares where the most authentic spirit of the city lingers.

Walking through history

Inside the ancient city walls, of which some stretches still exist, you encounter the most significant historical and artistic monuments: the Cathedral in Catalan gothic style, the late Renaissance church of St. Catherine, the medieval church of St. Mary of Bethlehem, the sixteenth-century Fountain of Rosello, the Ducal Palace, the Usini Palace and the building of the Jesuit College which now houses the University.
Those are some of the highlights of a long trip in which you will easy find further items of interest such as the artistic polychromatic wood-carved retables, i.e. magnificent Spanish baroque works of art, which frame the altars of several churches (remarkable are those of the church
of St. Antony, of the church of the Rosary and of the thirteenth-century monastery of St. Peter in Silki).

The Cathedral (photo: MAGICA Servizi Informatici)

Ancient and modern

The most recent urban tissue is in turn rich of element of interest and appeal, from the eighteenth-century expansion around the wide square of Piazza d'Italia, which is the traditional meeting place of the city. The architectures which surround the square form an homogeneous and organic whole of remarkable visual impact.
The most prestigious and impressive building is the Province Building in Neoclassical style. On the other side of the square is the Giordano Palace in Neogothic style.

Piazza d'Italia (photo: Fabio Deledda)

A city to stay in and eat around the table

Craftsmen's workshops, outdoor cafes, entertainment venues, big and small stores for shopping and many food courts, trattorias and restaurants which offer even the oldest and most genuine dishes from the local gastronomic tradition.
The typical cuisine of Sassari is made up of several dishes of peasant origin and is experienced as an occasion for conviviality and its features make it unique in the area
of the Sardinian gastronomy.

Events

The Festha Manna, i.e. the Great Feast of Sassari
on the 14th August: the streets of the city centre become the setting of the Faradda di Li Candareri (the Descent of the Candle Holders) a procession which recurs for centuries to fulfil the vow made to Our Lady of the Assumption who saved the city from the plague in the sixteenth century. The leading actors of the Faradda are the gremi (i.e. the medieval guilds) whose members carry on their backs heavy lavishly embellished candlesticks and dance until they come to the church of St. Mary of Bethlehem.
The city houses also the Cavalcata sarda
(Sardinian Cavalcade) which is held once a year on the penultimate Sunday of May.
This laic event consists of a parade - on foot or on horse - of folkloristic groups wearing the rich traditional costumes from the different parts of Sardinia.
Those events attract thousands of visitors both
Italians and foreigners.

The Candle Holders

City's surroundings

Also the hinterland has remarkable landscape and cultural attractions. You only need a few minutes to reach the thick pinewood and beach of Platamona, an ideal beach destination which is enjoyable even in winter and autumn with plenty of warm and sunny days.
The most renowned coast stretches of the North
West Sardinia lie no more than a half hour away
from Sassari: the Catalan city of Alghero
(the visit of the city centre is a must) with
the splendid Coral Coast (Rivera del Corallo);
the village of Stintino with the famous Pelosa beach, separated from the near island of Asinara from a turquoise sea inlet; the monumental Romanic-Pisan basilica of Saccargia, the most famous in Sardinia in this style; the near city of Porto Torres, which is also rich in archaeological remains (the prehistoric altar of Monte d'Accoddi) from the roman (Antiquarium and archaeological park) and medieval periods (the basilica of St. Gavinus which is the biggest and oldest Romanic church of Sardinia).

The Romanesque basilica of Saccargia (Courtesy of CCIAA Sassari)