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Tempio Pausania[dead link] is a town of about 14,000 inhabitants in the Gallura region of Sassari province in northern Sardinia, Italy.


Chiesa di Santa Croce

Tempio Pausania (or simply Tempio) is located in the mountainous centre of the Gallura region. The town used to be a co-capital of a province on par with Olbia.

Tourist information[edit]

Get in[edit]

The old Stazione F.d.S. train station is now used as a bus station.
Interior of the station

By plane[edit]

The closest airports are in Olbia (Aeroporto Costa Smeralda) and Alghero (Alghero Riviera del Corallo).

By train[edit]

The town lies at the narrow gauge railway between Sassari and Palau. Since 1997 it has been used only in summer by a tourist train service Trenino verde.

By bus[edit]

ARST is the main regional bus service provider in the region.

  • 2 Stazione F.d.S.. A "dormant" narrow gauge railway station is used these days by ARST as a regional bus hub. Ticket office and waiting room are operating in the station. The toilet is in a relatively functional state. Tempio railway station (Q21747213) on Wikidata it:Stazione di Tempio on Wikipedia

Private buses (Sardabus, Autoservizi Careddu) make their stop nearby at the via Asproni, next to the Tribunale (the court of Tempio).

Get around[edit]

Map of Tempio Pausania

By bus[edit]

S.A.U.T.. company serves a couple of urban bus lines in the town. Single: €1 (valid 1hr 30min).

On foot[edit]

The town is small enough to be explored on foot.


Cattedrale San Pietro
Oratorio del Rosario
So-called Casa di Nino di Gallura

The town is famous for its buildings with granite façades. Have a walk along Corso Matteotti, via Roma (Carrera Longa, Lu Runzatu, Lu Pultali), Piazza d'Italia (Piazza di l'Ara), Parco delle Rimembranze, Fonte Nuova (Funtana Noa) and Parco di San Lorenzo, via Mannu.

  • 1 Cattedrale San Pietro (Santu Petru). The original building was consecrated in 1219, but in the 1st half of the 19th century it was considerably enlarged and rebuilt in Genoese Baroque style.
  • 2 Oratorio del Rosario. A 15th-century chapel with a characteristic Gothic-Aragonese granite façade.
  • 3 Chiesa di Santa Croce. The building was built in the medieval period, presumably in the 13th century, but probably even much earlier.
  • 4 Casa di Nino di Gallura. Remains of the residence attributed (without any grounds) to Nino (Ugolino) Visconti who was a Judge of Giudicato of Gallura (one of four Sardinian giudicati) in the 13th century. Dante Alighieri meets him in the 8th canto of his Purgatorio (Divine Comedy).
  • 5 Palazzo Antico Seminario Pes di Villamarina, piazza Gallura. Built in the 1st half of the 17th century. It is one of the oldest residences in town. It now hosts the diocesan museum -- "Museum Templense".
  • 6 Palazzo Pes di Villamarina, piazza Brigata Sassari. A 17th-century building, it was the 2nd residence of the Marquis of Villamarina in Tempio.
  • 7 Oratorio del Purgatorio (Chiesa del Purgatorio). The construction of this chapel could be attributed to a powerful local, Gavino Misorro, who built at his own expense in 1679 of papal penance for killing 18 enemies. His initials are carved in stone The church houses a large painting attributed to the Marche's painter Giuseppe Ghezzi.
  • 8 Chiesa di Nostra Signora del Pilar (Chiesa del Pilar). Built presumably between 1641 and 1684.
  • 9 Teatro del Carmine. Built in 1929 in Liberty style.



  • 1 Museo "Bernardo De Muro" (Palazzo degli Scolopi) (entrance through the Biblioteca Comunale). 09:00-19:00. A museum devoted to an international operatic tenor who was born in this town. Free. Bernardo de Muro (Q3638775) on Wikidata Bernardo de Muro on Wikipedia


  • 2 Chiostro degli Scolopi, Piazza del Carmine. A cloister of a former convent. These day it's an occasional venue for public performances.
  • 3 Parco delle Rimembranze.
  • 4 Parco "Fonte Nuova". A small park with a stream running over an artificial cascade.
  • 5 Fonti di Rinaggiu. Sources with drinking water in the upper part of the city, surrounded by a park.
  • 6 Parco di San Lorenzo. A relatively large park with a small church inside.



  • 1 Trattoria "La Gallurese", Via Novara, 2. 12:00-15:15, 19:00-22:15. Good local food, despite the touristy setting.



Go next[edit]


  • 1 Nuraghe Maiori (Naracu Maiori) (SS133 for Palau). Two cones with granite structure, dating back to 1400 BC presents a mixed type between the implant of the corridor nuraghe and those tholos with a central corridor and twin rooms.
  • 2 Nuraghe Polcu (Naracu Polcu) (SS133 for Palau). One of the rare examples of tholos nuraghe in Gallura, characterized by its inner pseudo-dome created by the superposition of successively smaller rings of stones.

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