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Olbia Things to Do

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    by iandsmith Written Dec 1, 2009

    Walking into Olbia from the port area the main shopping street is Corso Umberto which takes you to Piazza Margherita. There are two notable churches in the oldest part of the town in Piazza Civitas is the 18th century Chiesa di San Paulo on the site of previous Phoenician and Roman temples.From an earlier church is a 7th century wooden pulpit and other artefacts. A short walk out of the centre (beyond the railway line is Olbia's finest remaining historic building the early 12th century Romanesque Basilica di San Simplicio.
    There are lots of eating, shopping and architectural items of interest if you get on your feet and walk it because there's only limited traffic anyway.

    Life on the Corso Umberto
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    by iandsmith Written Dec 1, 2009

    Its population is over 40,000 and, as you head west, you can't help but notice the newer industrial suburbs burgeoning.
    Originally a Greek colony, it passed to the Romans and was the site of a Roman victory over the Carthaginian general Hanno in 259 BC.
    The Carthaginians, along with the Etruscans had won what is often proclaimed as the first ever Western naval encounter, defeating the Greeks in the 6th century B.C. and almost certainly set the city up not long after that.
    It was rebuilt by Pisan colonists in 1198 and named Terranova Pausania. Renamed Olbia in 1939, it is the main passenger port for connections with the Italian mainland. It has Phoenician and Roman ruins as well as a couple of museums.
    The Leonardo exhibition was on in the museum by the waterfront while I was there.

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    by iandsmith Written Dec 1, 2009

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    Olbia has a port, the port has Olbia, and never shall they be parted. Without the daily influx of multiple tourist ferries one wonders what Olbia would be like.
    As it is, it has the brashness and life that one expects in a port city although, because it's in Sardinia, it's a little bit more subdued.
    The town itself is not as pretty as the coast around but it does have a few attractions and more facilities than other towns. There are a few internet cafes here, there are a few good italian restaurants and some nice bars and pubs.
    Its traceable ancient origins go back to the nuragic age; in days gone by it was colonized by Phoenicians, Punics, Romans and Carthaginians. Due to its fertile hinterland and its strategic position for the trade towards other Mediterranean countries, Olbia became a rich and important town. The ancient history of this town can still be seen today. There us a punic necropolis, old town walls and roman baths. The romanesque church of S. Simplicio, which is fully made of granite and which keeps in the inside a really interesting collection of roman funeral inscriptions is the main sight dating from the Middle Ages. In the historical centre you should also have a look at the XVII century church of S. Paolo, with its Gallurese style and the many old houses and buildings.

    Main shopping area
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Olbia Hotels

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  • Speraesole

    This hotel is 10km south of the airport at SS125 in Murta Maria (a place belonging to Olbia). It is...

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  • Hotel Panorama

    Via Mazzini, 7, Olbia, 07026, Italy

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • La Locanda del Conte Mameli

    Via Delle Terme 8, Olbia, 7026, Italy

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Jazz Hotel

    Via Degli Astronauti, 2, Olbia, 07026, Italy

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Daniel Hotel

    V. Maltineddu Murta Maria, Olbia, Sardinia, 07026, Italy

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

  • Hotel Mare Blue

    Localita Pittulongu, Olbia, 07026, Italy

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Couples

  • Borgo di Campagna

    Via Regina Elena 52, Localita Trudda, Olbia, 07026, Italy

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Hotel Abbaruja

    Strada Panoramica Olbia-Golfo Aranci Km 8, Olbia, Sardinia, 07026, Italy

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

Olbia Restaurants

  • by nyxxx Written Feb 12, 2008

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    Like in most agristurismi there's a fixed menu, this one consisting of a huge lot of fantastic dishes such as ricotta with warm corbezzolo honey, various antipasti, the famous zuppa gallurese, porcetto, seadas etc etc etc .... it's impossible to leave this place without being really really full, the food is just too tasty :-) !

    Please note that reservations are obligatory. In summer it's open every evening, in winter on Sat evening & Sun for lunch (and sometimes also Sat lunch).

    Favorite Dish: see above

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  • by travelinworm Written Jul 17, 2006

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    So far, it is the BEST meal I have had. They don't have a menu. You just let them know what you would like and off they go! Very hard to locate as there is no really obvious signage. It is a basement resaurant... we drove by several times, and asked several locals before spotting it. We will be going back befor we leave the island!!!

    Restorante Da Bartolo
    (Cucina Tipica Marinara)
    Viale Aldo Moro, 181
    07026 OLBIA
    Tel. e Fax 0789/51348

    Favorite Dish: The mussels were excelent... we had them prepared two ways. OUTSTANDING!

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Olbia Local Customs

  • by richelmore Written Jun 8, 2005

    During the Christmas season, the local Sardinian bagpipe players come down from the hill and play Sardinian songs in front of malls and shops for money. It's beautiful music. Also, the Sardinians buy their own types of fruit cake like crazy. The shopping centers sell so many varieties and prices range from 1.5 euro to 15 euro. They are delicious.

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