THE RECLAMATION OF THE TOWN OF ARBOREA
This is a circular itinerary of about 50 Km.
beginning and ending in Oristano. After having
stopped in St. Giusta to pay a visit to the
magnificent Romanesque cathedral of the same name,
the itinerary, which is an easy one, continues by
visiting the reclaimed areas around the small
centre of Arborea, which were drained from a large
marshy area thanks to huge work of reclamation and
now have the aspect of a flourishing oasis, so
rationally organised as to remind us of the
blooming agricultural areas of Northern Ialy.
For those visitors wanting to continue this
itinerary and travel for a few more kilometres,
from Arborea one can reach Torralba, where it is
possible to visit the small fishermen's village of
Mercedd“ and the lagoon, bearing the same name,
and from there, following another national road
and going through the village of Uras, the visitor
can reach Ales to pay a visit to the Cathedral of
St. Pietro and the mountainous area of Mt. Arci.
Mogoro and Samugheo are two centres of the
Oristanese, the first one to the south and nearest
to Terralba, while the second one is to the north
towards the internal part of the island. Both
villages can be reached by continuing the
itinerary after leaving the small town of Ales,
and are important for their handicrafts.
From Samugheo the visitor can reach Fordongianus
to pay a visit to the Romanesque church of St.
Lussorio and the Roman thermal baths, probably
built during the 1st century in order to make use
of the hot water springs, still present today. The
complex presents a rectangular swimming-pool (the
"natatio"), of which the portico is still visible
and around which stand a series of pools and other