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Porto Torres is a town in northern Sardinia. Its main attraction is the Asinara National Park. The Aragonese seaport tower is considered the symbol of the city . Other main attractions are the Roman bridge of Riu Mannu and the Basilica of Saint Gavinus.


The town includes two islands, Asinara and the smaller Isola Piana, which sit off the Northwestern tip of Sardinia. The islands form the Asinara National Park. In 2020, the town was home to 22,000 people.

Founded during the 1st century BC as Colonia Iulia Turris Libisonis, it was the first Roman colony of the island. It sits on the coast about 25 km (16 mi) east of Falcone Cape in the centre of the Gulf of Asinara. The port of Porto Torres is the second biggest seaport of the island, followed by the port of Olbia.

Tourist information[edit]

Get in[edit]

The town is very close to the main city of Sassari.

By plane[edit]

Alghero airport is the nearest one to the town (40 min. by bus).

By boat[edit]

A shuttle bus operates in the port.

By train[edit]

  • 3 Stazione di Porto Torres Marittima, via Ponte Romano. It's a terminus on the Porto Torres-Ozieri line with Sassari (15 min) in the middle. From Ozieri there are connections to Cagliari and Golfo Aranci (Olbia). There is no ticket office at the station, so tickets are to be bought either on-line, on board or at the tabacchi at via Monte Angellu, 16 (closed on Sundays). Porto Torres Marittima railway station (Q21185100) on Wikidata it:Stazione di Porto Torres Marittima on Wikipedia

By bus[edit]

Buses to Sassari, Alghero, Castelsardo, Stintino (ARST), Olbia (Sunlines[dead link]) and other destinations[dead link].

Get around[edit]

By bus[edit]

  • ATP Sassari. 07:10-20:10. provides urban bus services in the town. Tickets sold at the news agents, tabaccai and also on board (+ €0.50). Single 90 min €1.20.


Basilica di San Gavino
Baths of the Palace of the Re Barbaro
  • 1 Basilica di San Gavino (Basilica di San Gavino, San Proto e San Gianuario), +39 348 8996823. Apr Oct: 09:00-13:00 15:00-18:00; May-Sep: 09:00-13:00 15:00-19:00. 11th-century proto-Romanesque church. It was first mentioned in 1065. Instead of the usual western facade and eastern apse, the cathedral sports two apses. The crypt holds several Roman sarcophagi. Atrium Metropolis at the back yard of the basilica is an archaeological area with excavations of pagan and early Christian necropolises. Basilica and crypt €3; + Atrium Metropolis €4.50; Atrium Metropolis only €1.50. Basilica of San Gavino (Q473277) on Wikidata Basilica of San Gavino on Wikipedia
  • 2 Chiesa di San Gavino a Mare, Lungomare Balai.
  • 3 [dead link] Antiquarium Turritano, Via Ponte Romano, 99, +39 079 514433. Tu-Su 09:00-20:00. The museums features archaeological findings from the various life stages of the Roman city of Turris Libisonis. According to Pliny the Elder, the only Roman colony of Sardinia. In particular the remains of the Roman baths of the Palazzo del Re Barbaro are located there. €2; + archaeological area €3. Antiquarium Turritano (Q16336143) on Wikidata it:Antiquarium Turritano on Wikipedia
  • 4 Ponte romano. Remains of the Roman bridge, the largest in Sardinia with its arches and a span of 160 to 170 metres (520 to 560 ft) on the Rio Mannu.
  • 5 Palazzo del Marchese. A "humble" Neoclassical palazzo built by the first Marquis of San Saturnino. (Q3891310) on Wikidata it:Palazzo del Marchese on Wikipedia
  • Neolithic necropolises.
  • Aragonese towers.







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