Olbia, Sardinia

Olbia, Sardinia

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The "Happy Town" of Sardinia

In a desirable location on the stunning Costa Smeralda, Olbia has been inhabited since the 8th century BC, but a recent archaeological discovery of 24 shipwrecks—two of them from the age of Nero—has landed it in the spotlight.

The name Olbia means "happy town", though its past has been somewhat difficult, with the city destroyed and rebuilt many times throughout its history. Of course that makes it all the more interesting, as every empire that came and went has left something of value behind for you to see.

CHURCH OF SAN PAOLO

CHURCH OF SAN PAOLO

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CHURCH OF SAN PAOLO

CHURCH OF SAN PAOLO

Built in the 1600s, this church is practically brand new in terms of the history of the island. The church features a high marble altar, stuning frescoes and beautoful silver artifacts from the 17th century.

CHURCH OF SAN SIMPLICIO

CHURCH OF SAN SIMPLICIO

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CHURCH OF SAN SIMPLICIO

CHURCH OF SAN SIMPLICIO

Dedicated to Saint Simplicio, a former bishop who was martyred by Emperor Diocletian, the church is an important site in Olbia. The church was built in the 11th century on the site of a Roman graveyard.

NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM

NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM

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NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM

NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM

Just footsteps from the historical quarter of the city, history buffs will enjoy the artifacts contained within the museum. Of particular interest are the remains of ancient Roman ships from the Vandal invasions of the AD 450s.

Olbia, Sardinia At a glance

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  • 68.10
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Local Details:
GPS: 40°55'24.88"N 9°29'47.19"E
Size: 383.64 KM2 (148.12 MI2)
Population: 58,066
Density: 151 Pop/KM2 (58 Pop/MI2)
Country Code: +39

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