"Alliterative Sassari - Sardinia's Second City !" Sassari by Paisleypaul

Sassari Travel Guide: 27 reviews and 71 photos

Why so poorly represented on VT ?

Sassari, in the Northwest, is Sardinia's "second city" after the capital, Cagliari, and has a six figure population. Before going I tried to research it on VT and found it to be all but omitted - even when restuarant tips appear on the handful of pages they belong to Alghero ! it is close but inland to both Alghero and Fertilia, not a holiday destination, but it could provide some additional shopping opprotunities if you are based in either of the resorts and is worth seeing especiallly for the Festival of the Candles on 14th August ; Il Candelieri

The statue is of Sassari born jurist Domenico Alberto Azuni (1749-1827), an important figure in maritime and commercial law. He published works both in French and Italian either side of the turn of the 1800s, and before his death in the Saredinian capital of Cagliari. wrote a history of the island.

500 Years of Passion

From around 6pm on the 14th of August for the last five centuries* , the Guilds of the Candelieri have marked their deliverance from a plague with this homage to the Virgin Mary on the eve of the Assumption (Ferragosto holiday).

* There is debate as to which one of three plagues in the middle ages started the annual procession

Vogliamo vedere il spettacolo......

Seems the whole city turns out for the Candelieri - except those fortunate enough to live on Corso Vittorio Emanuele II !

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Candelieri provides an interesting evening out from resorts
  • Cons:VT'ers intending to visit not well catered for - research !
  • In a nutshell:Would need more info to see it as more than a one off visit
  • Last visit to Sassari: Aug 2007
  • Intro Updated Mar 23, 2008
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  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Oct 3, 2009 at 3:50 AM

    Agree with you about research on Sardegna; it's very thin on the ground. Thanks for sharing.


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