The 23rd Workshop will be hosted in the Carmine Monastery, home of the Consorzio UNO.
The Consorzio UNO is composed of the local public administrations and the main trade associations and is financed by the Autonomous Region of Sardinia.
The degree course in Economics and Management of Tourism Services, the degree course in Industrial Biotechnology, both of the University of Cagliari, the degree course in Viticultural, Oenological and Food Technologies and the School of Specialization in Archaeological Heritage, both of the University of Sassari, are active here, with more than 650 students.
The Consorzio UNO was established in 1997 and more than 1000 students graduated.
Oristano is the main town of the Province of Oristano, in the central-western part of Sardinia. As of December 2016, the city had 31,670 inhabitants.
You can find information about the city on the official website of the Municipality of Oristano
Oristano was previously known by the Byzantines as Aristanis, and founded close to the ancient Phoenician settlement of Othoca (now Santa Giusta). It acquired importance in 1070, when, as a result of the frequent Saracen attacks, Archbishop Torcotorio made it the seat of the bishopric, which was previously in the nearby coastal town of Tharros.
It also became the capital of the Giudicato of Arborea (“judiciary”, equivalent to a Duchy or Kingdom). Consequently, fortifications were designed, but the building thereof went on until judge Mariano II rose to power. In medieval times Oristano vied for power over the whole island of Sardinia, and therefore waged wars against the other Sardinian kingdoms which culminated in the attempt to conquer the whole island during the reign (1347–75) of Mariano IV and that of his son Hugh III (1376–1383) and his daughter Eleanor (1383–1404).
The Giudicato of Arborea held out to be the last Sardinian kingdom (Giudicato) to cease to exist in 1420, about 10 years after the battle of Sanluri. It was transformed in Marchesato by the Aragonese and conquered, following a revolt by the last marquess Leonardo Alagon, by the Catalan troops of the Kingdom of Aragon, in 1478 after the battle of Macomer.
Thereafter, Oristano’s history was that of the island of Sardinia, characterised by the Aragonese-Spanish (until 1708) and Piedmontese (from 1720) dominations, and then the unification of Italy.
Sa Sartiglia is an equestrian tournament held in Oristano for the past 500 years on Carnival Sunday and Mardi Gras. The tournament on Sunday is organized by the Corporation (Gremio) of farmers, whereas that on Mardi Gras is organised by the Gremio of carpenters. It has arguably an ancient Castillan origin.
The ring is a tin star provided with a hole at its centre, hanging from a ribbon strung above horseman’s height across the street near the Cathedral, at which masked horsemen aim with their swords on steeds galloping at breath-taking speed, after being announced by trumpets and drums and having gathered pace down a route, covered with sand, snaking across the town centre. The number of stars caught on each day is a sign of the wealth that the harvest and carpentry work will bring to the corporations.
You can find information about the city on the official website of the Sartiglia Foundation, wich organizes the show.
Sea and beaches (from www.gooristano.it)
With 100 km long, the coastline of Oristano Province satisfy lovers of every landscape thanks to an alternation of white sand languages, the famous quartz beaches where you can spend days of “intense relaxation” in a unique landscape, and high limestone cliffs.
No coincidence that much of the territory is under environmental protection for its high natural value such as the Marine Protected Area Peninsula of Sinis – Isola di Mal di Ventre.
It is an ideal place to practice many water sports, such as sailing, surfing, windsurfing and kite surfing, favored by the presence of the mistral, which blows on the coast dell’Oristanese so constant.
The diving and snorkeling, free or accompanied by expert guides, is another activity widely practiced along the coasts dell’Oristanese, characterized by crystal clear and rich seabed in which the rule is to look and not touch.
Identity and Traditions (from www.gooristano.it)
A journey to discover the cultural excellence of Oristanese region through its areas of archaeological and paleontological. A journey to discover the ancient land of Europe, rich in fossils in remote geological ages (P.AR.C. Genoni), reaching picturesque places made holy by mysterious rites (Pozzo di Santa Cristina).
Experienced guides who accompany you along the trail of the mysterious nuraghic people (Nuraghe Losa) and the sea, overlooking the Gulf of Oristano, to tell endless stories of trade and love between different peoples (Tharros).
The Giants of Mont’e Prama are a great discovery that envelops these beautiful large statues in sandstone in the mystery and charm of ancient times.
Studies and surveys will confirm them as the first examples of classical statuary of the western world, making the archaeological site of Mont’e Prama one of the places of historic significance in the archaeological world.
Now the statues in sandstone found near the village of Cabras are exposed in the Archaeological Museum of Cabras.
At this link the tourist information on Oristano from the Sardinia Region website.
Further information, in particular on scheduled events and tourist attractions, can be found at this link.