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    Olbia – a brief overview

    The waters of the Golfo di Olbia carve a deep inlet into the northeastern tip of Sardinia, creating an ideal location for a port. Ships and cruise liners dock here much as they’ve done for millennia, as Olbia is one of Sardinia’s oldest cities. The town itself though is often ignored by travellers in favour of the stunning beauty of the Emerald Coast further north.

    If you choose to stay a while, you’ll find a fetching historic centre full of shops, authentic Sardinian restaurants and café-rimmed piazzas, and you’re easily within reach of the stunning white-sand beaches that made Sardinia so famous.

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    Museo Archeologico

    Isola di Peddona
    Porto Vecchio
    07026 Olbia
    Italy
    Tel: +39 789 28290
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    Opening times:
    Wed-Sun 1000-1300 and 1700-2000 (winter)

    Beautifully designed by architect Giovanni Maciocco, this archaeological museum spells out Olbia’s long history. Star of the show is the reconstructed hull of a Roman vessel pulled out of the old port.

    Basilica di San Simplicio

    Via Fausto Noce 8
    07026 Olbia
    Italy
    Tel: +39 789 23542
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 0700-1800
    Sun 0730-0930 and 1130-1800

    This granite-built Romanesque church was built in the 11th century in a mix of Tuscan and Lombard architectural styles. It is considered the region’s most important medieval monument.

    Lido di Pittulongu

    Pittulongu
    07026 Olbia
    Italy
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    A quick 8km drive northeast of Olbia brings you to Pittulongu and its broad swathe of fine white sand. Locals love it here. Beach umbrellas and deck chairs are available to hire, and the beach is backed by restaurants and bars.

    Chiesa di San Paolo

    Via Cagliari
    07026 Olbia
    Italy
    Tel: +39 789 28290
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0730-1800

    The cheerful Valencian-style, tiled dome of the Church of St Paul is an Olbia landmark. Constructed in the 15th century, the interior is decorated with frescoes and some fine 18th-century woodwork.

    Nuraghe Riu Mulinu

    Cabu Abbas
    Olbia
    Italy
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    Sardinia’s past is deeply mysterious; just witness this hulking, fort-like construction made of granite blocks a few miles north of Olbia. Dating back to 2000BC, it perches scenically on the hilltop of Cabu Abbas.

    Isola Tavolara

    Porto San Paolo
    Olbia
    Italy
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    To reach the tiny island of Tavolara, visible from Olbia, you’ll have to head south to Porto San Paolo where excursions leave hourly from June to September for snorkelling and diving amongst the rocky coves.

    Capo Figari

    Isola di Peddona
    Porto Vecchio
    07026 Olbia
    Italy
    Tel: +39 789 28290
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    At the northernmost tip of Olbia’s broad bay poking out into the sea like a rocky finger are the craggy heights of the Capo Figari nature reserve. It’s a great place to hike and picnic looking out towards Tavolara Island.

    Cantine Surrau

    Località Chilvagghja
    07021 Arzachena
    Italy
    Tel: +39 789 82933
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Fri 1000-2100
    Sat-Sun 1030-2100

    One of Sardinia’s best contemporary winemakers is situated north of Olbia in the village of Arzachena. Sample superb regional wines such as Vermentino and Cannonau whilst admiring the modern art in the gallery.

    Porto Istana

    Porto Istana
    07026 Olbia
    Italy
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    Backed by fragrant Mediterranean shrubs, this bay, south of Olbia, has extraordinarily fine white sand that reflects a myriad shades of green and blue as sunlight strikes the water.

    Lido del Sole

    Lido del Sole
    07026 Olbia
    Italy
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    Olbia’s main beach is the busy Lido del Sole. It’s backed by a brackish pond where pink flamingos sometimes come to fish for brine shrimp and algae.

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    Country overview

    Despite incessant praise, travelling in Italy remains one of those rare experiences in life – like a perfect spring day or the power of first love – that cannot be overrated. In few places do history, art, fashion, food and la dolce vita (the good life) intermingle so effortlessly.

    There are sunny isles and electric blue surf, glacial northern lakes and fiery southern volcanoes, rolling vineyards and an urban landscape that harbours more UNESCO World Heritage sites than any other country in the world. Few places offer such variety and few visitors leave without a fervent desire to return.

    Geography

    Italy is situated in Europe, with a long coastline of approximately 7,600km (4,720 miles) stretching into the Mediterranean Sea and a mountainous northern border adjoining France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia. This northern Alpine region contains some of the highest peaks in Europe and is a good area for winter sports.

    In central Italy, Tuscany has a diverse landscape composed of fertile rolling hills, lush river valleys, minor mountain ranges and a long sandy coastline. To the east is Umbria, known as the ‘green heart of Italy’; hilly with broad plains, olive groves and pines, and Le Marche – a region of gentle mountains, rivers and small fertile plains.

    Further south lies Rome, Italy’s capital city. Within its precincts is the Vatican City. The south of the country is hotter, wilder and much, much drier than the north, characterised by dry sierras, rocky mountain ranges and volcanic outcrops, including three of Europe’s most active volcanoes: Vesuvius, Etna and Stromboli. Puglia, the ‘heel of the boot’, is a mixed landscape of fertile plateaus, expansive olive groves and flat, ochre-coloured plains. The islands of Sicily and Sardinia lie offshore to the southwest and west respectively.

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    Key facts

    Area: 301340 sq km (116348 sq miles).

    Population: 60.5 million (2015).

    Population density: 204.0 per sq km.

    Capital: Rome.

    Government: Independent kingdom of Italy declared in 1861. Republic since 1946.

    Language

    Italian is the official language. Dialects are spoken in different regions. German is spoken in the South Tyrol region (bordering Austria). French is spoken in all the border areas from the Riviera to the area north of Milan (border with France and Switzerland). English, French and German are also spoken in the biggest cities and in tourism and business circles.

    Currency

    Euro (EUR; symbol €) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of €2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.

    Standard time zone

    UTC/GMT +1 hour

    Electricity

    230 volts AC, 50Hz. Plugs are of the two round-pin type.

    Public holidays

    In addition to public holidays, local feast days are held in honour of town patron saints, generally without closure of shops and offices. These include:

    Turin/Genoa/Florence: 24. Jun (St John the Baptist)
    Milan: 7. Dec (St Ambrose)
    Venice: 25. Apr (St Mark)
    Bologna: 4. Oct (St Petronius)
    Naples: 19. Sep (St Gennaro)
    Bari: 6. Dec (St Nichola)
    Palermo: 15. Jul (St Rosalia)
    Rome: 29. Jun (St Peter)
    Siena: 2. Jul + 16. Aug (Palio)
    Trieste: 3. Nov (St Giusto)

    2016

    New Year’s Day: 1. January 2016
    Epiphany: 6. January 2016
    Easter Sunday: 27. March 2016
    Easter Monday: 28. March 2016
    Liberation Day: 25. April 2016
    Labour Day: 1. May 2016
    Republic Day: 2. June 2016
    Assumption: 15. August 2016
    All Saints’ Day: 1. November 2016
    Immaculate Conception: 8. December 2016
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2016
    St Stephen’s Day: 26. December 2016

    2017

    New Year’s Day: 1. January 2017
    Epiphany: 6. January 2017
    Easter Sunday: 16. April 2017
    Easter Monday: 17. April 2017
    Liberation Day: 25. April 2017
    Labour Day: 1. May 2017
    Republic Day: 2. June 2017
    Assumption: 15. August 2017
    All Saints’ Day: 1. November 2017
    Immaculate Conception: 8. December 2017
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2017
    St Stephen’s Day: 26. December 2017

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    Nightlife in Olbia

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    Not too many people hang around in Olbia for fun, especially in summer when all the action is down at the beach.

    Still, Corso Umberto, closed to traffic from 7pm, is a good place for a drink and a stroll.

    Malp Bar

    Via Galvani 6
    07026 Olbia
    Italy
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    A local favourite with a lovely art nouveau bar and a good selection of wines.

    Red Lion

    Via Capotesta, 32
    07026 Olbia
    Italy
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    An English-style pub with a range of beers accompanied by meat platters.

    KKult

    Corso Umberto 39
    07026 Olbia
    Italy
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    A contemporary lounge bar and café with live music and DJ nights.

    Villa Pascià

    Via Corea 145
    07026 Olbia
    Italy
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    A glamourous nightclub housed in a converted villa on the outskirts of Olbia.

    La Spiaggia Bianca beach bar

    Spiaggia Bianca
    07020 Olbia
    Italy
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    A laid-back beach bar fronting the dazzling white sand of Spiaggia Bianca.

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    Restaurants in Olbia

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    Gallurese cuisine is a mix of meat and seafood, including unusual classics such as suppa cuata (a casserole made of layers of bread, cheese and meat ragù), smoked cuttlefish and rabbit in saffron.

    Pair with some crisp Vermentino wine for the full effect.

    Dolceacqua

    Via Giacomo Pala 4
    07026 Olbia
    Italy
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    Price: Expensive

    Fine dining nouvelle cuisine with an emphasis on fulsome flavours and texture.

    Ristorante Barbagia

    Via Luigi Galvani, 94
    07026 Olbia
    Italy
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    Price: Moderate

    The best place to sample authentic Gallurese cooking is this traditional trattoria.

    La Lanterna

    Via Olbia 13
    07026 Olbia
    Italy
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    Price: Moderate

    Fish and homemade pasta are the hallmarks of this cosy, subterranean restaurant.

    Osteria del Mare

    Via delle Terme 8a
    07026 Olbia
    Italy
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    Price: Moderate

    Stand-out creative fish dishes such as monkfish tortelli with courgette flowers.

    Pizzeria Funchal

    Via Algeri, 5
    07026 Olbia
    Italy
    Tel: +39 789 28290
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    Price: Cheap

    Sizzlingly hot pizza with a backdrop of jolly pine-and-gingham décor.

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    Festa di San Simplicio (San Simplicio Festival)

    1 – 31 May 2016
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    Venue: Throughout Olbia.

    The highlight of this important religious festival honouring the town’s patron saint is a solemn procession on 15 May, when an icon of San Simplicio is carried through town accompanied by priests and residents dressed in traditional costume. Other festivities include a mussel festival, live concerts and sporting events.

    Palio della Stella

    1 – 31 May 2016
    Website

    Venue: Via Redipuglia.

    Horses hurtle along a road-turned-dusty-racetrack in this competition featuring riders from 26 towns in the province. The aim is to grab a star with a spear. Riders also carry out daring stunts, including standing on top of their galloping steeds. The competition takes place during the San Simplicio Festival.

    Cinema Tavolara

    1 – 31 July 2016
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    Venue: Isola Tavolara, just off the coast from Olbia.

    Film fans hop on little ferries to Tavolara Island to enjoy a magical week of open-air cinema each July. Screenings take place beside the sea and beneath the stars, with the emphasis on Italian films, in particular movies shot by young directors or set in Sardinia.

    Cala Gonone Jazz Festival

    1 July – 31 August 2016
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    Venue: Cala Gonone, around 100km south of Olbia.

    Summer sees a whole host of jazz stars arriving in the pretty seaside town of Cala Gonone, an hour and a half’s drive south of Olbia. Jazz aficionados can enjoy first-class performances in traditional concert venues, open-air stages and the magnificent Grotta del Bue Marino (Cave of the Sea Cow).

    Sardinia Reggae Festival

    29 July – 2 August 2016
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    Venue: Cargeghe, around 90km west of Olbia.

    Leading reggae acts from Sardinia, Europe and Jamaica draw huge crowds to this popular festival in Cargeghe, a little over an hour’s drive west of Olbia. On the go since 2008, this event is fast growing into one of Sardinia’s must-do music festivals.

    Festa della Birra Trinitaiese

    16 – 18 August 2016

    Venue: Trinità d’Agultu, around 70km west of Olbia.

    Traditional folk dancing, live bands, sweet treats and copious amounts of beer are the order of the day at this lively summer festival on Sardinia’s northwest coast. It’s well worth the day trip from Olbia to Trinità d’Agultu, just over an hour’s drive away.

    Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup

    4 – 10 September 2016
    Website

    Venue: Porto Cervo, around 30km north of Olbia.

    Attracting a stellar line-up of yachtsmen and a glitzy crowd to match, this glamorous sailing competition sees around 40 maxi yachts slicing through the waves of the Costa Smeralda, to the north of Olbia. Races take place over a week, with daily post-race drinks at the yacht club’s Piazza Azzurra.

    Olbia In Canto: International Festival of Sacred Song

    7 – 11 October 2016
    Website

    Venue: Various venues.

    For two decades, the Lorenzo Perosi choir has been organising this annual sacred music festival. Classical music fans are treated to a terrific programme of choral works performed by both the choir itself and a carefully selected line-up of invited choirs from across Europe.

    Carrasciali Timpiesu (Tempio Carnival)

    1 February – 1 March  2017
    Website

    Venue: Tempio Pausania, around 45km west of Olbia.

    Gigantic, brightly painted papier mâché figures float through the streets of Tempio Pausania, less than an hour’s drive from Olbia, in this magnificent carnival parade. The star is King Giorgio, who sits on his throne for six days before being burnt at the stake at dusk on Shrove Tuesday.

    Holy Week

    27 February – 5 March 2017

    Venue: Throughout Olbia.

    Olbia celebrates Easter with sombre, elaborate processions beginning on Palm Sunday. A highlight for many is the Good Friday procession, remembering Christ’s descent from the cross; a statue of Jesus and the cross is wrapped up and carried aloft through the streets with his mother Mary.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Olbia

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    As Sardinia’s key transport hub, Olbia is well supplied with a variety of hotels in all price ranges.

    More characterful accommodation is focused in the historic centre although many choose to stay just out of town close to the beaches.

    Pellicano D’Oro

    Strada Panoramica Olbia
    07026 Olbia
    Italy
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    Category: Expensive

    A seafront hotel on Pittulongu Beach with beachside pool, bar and Jacuzzi.

    Hotel Panorama

    Via Giuseppe Mazzini 7
    07026 Olbia
    Italy
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    Category: Moderate

    Contemporary rooms and a rooftop terrace with city and sea views.

    Jazz Hotel

    Via degli Astronauti 2
    07026 Olbia
    Italy
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    Category: Moderate

    A sympathetic new-built hotel with bright design-styled rooms and a pool.

    Hotel Cavour

    Via Cavour 22
    07026 Olbia
    Italy
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    Category: Cheap

    Centrally located hotel with breezy rooms and a sumptuous Sardinian breakfast.

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    Climate & best time to visit Italy

    Italy is a great destination to visit year round, particularly if taking a city break, though for the warmest and most reliable weather April to June is the prime tourist season. Most Italians take their holiday in July and August so prices, and crowds, can soar during these months, which are also the hottest of the year. If you’re keen to avoid the main scrum of peak season but still bank on mild weather, late September to October is a good choice.

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    Telephone & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile phones

    International dialling code: +39

    Telephone

    Telephone kiosks only accept phonecards, which can be purchased at post offices, tobacconists and some newsagents.

    Mobile phone

    Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage is good.

    Internet

    Rome, Venice, Milan and Bologna have now instituted city-wide Wi-Fi hotspots, and the majority of hotels, B&Bs and even farm stays now offer free internet access. In most towns, internet cafés also offer access at €2 to €6 per hour.

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    Shopping in Olbia

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    Key Areas

    The main shopping street in town is Corso Umberto, which is lined with boutiques. Market stalls also set up at the port end in the evenings. Other speciality stores selling olive oil, cheese and honey are dotted throughout the historic centre. For more serious shopping, you’ll have to head to outlet malls north and south of the centre.

    Markets

    Market days in Olbia are usually Saturday and Tuesday, with stallholders setting up at the lower end of Corso Umberto and in Piazza Mercato. The main Farmers Market takes place in Piazza San Gallo on Saturday with smaller versions in Piazza Crispi on Wednesday and Piazza Nassiria on Monday.

    Shopping Centres

    To fit in with all those billionaires on the Costa Smeralda, head north along SS125 to the OU Luxury Mall where you’ll find over 30 luxury brand outlets. Alternatively, French hypermarket Auchan can be found south of the city centre.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social conventions

    The social structure is heavily influenced by the Roman Catholic Church and, generally speaking, family ties are stronger than in most other countries in Western Europe. Normal social courtesies should be observed. Dress is casual but smart in most places, and beachwear should be confined to the beach. Conservative clothes are expected when visiting religious buildings and smaller, traditional communities.

    Formal wear is usually indicated on invitations. Smoking is prohibited in public buildings, transport and cinemas. When visiting an Italian home for dinner, bring a small gift of sweets or chocolate, and dress well. Let your host lead when sitting and starting the meal. Take a small portion of what’s on offer as you will surely be cajoled into having another helping. If you do not want more wine, leave your glass full so it cannot be refilled.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    Tap water is generally safe to drink. Bottled water is available. The inscription ‘Acqua Non Potabile’ means water is not drinkable. Milk is generally pasteurised and dairy products are safe for consumption. Past outbreaks of brucellosis in southern regions means unpasteurised buffalo mozzarella is best avoided. Local meat, poultry, seafood, fruit and vegetables are considered safe to eat.

    Other Risks

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) also recommends vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, polio and hepatitis B.

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    Visa & Immigration

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