Orosei: a stay blending history and magic
Orosei is the historic administrative seat of the area between Baronia and Barbagia, and is located on the slopes of Mount Tuttavista, not far from the mouth of the River Cedrino.
The origins of the town date back to the Roman period, but its development was at its height at the time of the mediaeval kingdom of the so-called Giudicati. It later became a feudal seat, but its profile was gradually reduced over the course of the 18th century. At the end of that century, though, the town's fortunes changed and it re-launched its economy. Today, the small conurbation of Orosei is an important hotspot for culture and tourism.
Right on the town square called Piazza del Popolo you will find one of the most important baroque churches in all of Sardinia, the Parrocchia di San Giacomo (Parish of Saint James), the town's patron saint. It plays host to a baptistry and various wooden statues. Other churches worth visiting are the Church of Sant’Antonio, the Church of San Gavino and the Church of Sos Animas.
The saint's feast day falls on 25 July, which is celebrated with parades and fireworks.
One unusual feature is the presence of three Brotherhoods in Orosei: Santa Croce, Rosario and Anime. The brothers are laymen who wear a specific habit and are devoted to religious worship throughout the year, especially during Holy Week.
Orosei is also home to the Guiso Museum, which was founded in 2000 and concentrates on Nanni Guiso, the last of the Baronie nobles, who passed away in 2006. The Museum boasts a large collection of 18th-century puppet theatres, books and various other objects donated by Nanni and housed in a 17th-century building in the Palathos Vezzos district.