Putzu Idu is on the west coast of the Italian island of Sardinia. Although Italian is the main language spoken here, along with a little Sardinian, English is widely understood. The pretty coastline near Putzu Idu has soft sandy beaches making it popular with holiday makers. Visitors will love the local seafood used in the traditional Italian cuisine.
A walk around the local town will lead you to the beautiful Piazza Eleonora, named after Eleonora d’Arborea, a local judge and heroine. The 17th century town hall, the Cathedral and the grand Bishop’s Palace are all worth spending time exploring, and there is a 13th century monastery and several other churches with interesting history and treasures. The Church of St. Francisco has a Gothic wooden crucifix named ‘di Nicodemo’ which is one of the most prized sculptures in Sardinia.
There are several festivals throughout the year celebrating religious days. One of the best known is at Oristano, a short distance from your villa in Putzu Idu. This joust on horseback dates back to the 16th century and takes place on the last Sunday in February annually. Local dancing and singing is accompanied by traditional instruments such as the ‘launeddas’ which are similar to bagpipes. There are over 1000 local festivals each year, so there should be an opportunity to join in at least one local cultural experience.
The town of Bosa is a one hour drive (about 60km) from your self catering villa at Pudzu Idu. The pretty hills covered with vineyards lead down to the river valley and the town of Bosa. The coast here is very pretty with many tiny coves all with a mountainous backdrop. Bosa is a charming, peaceful place and is definitely one of the most scenic Sardinian towns to visit.
Home of the famous muralist, Pina Monne, Nuoro Tinnura is a small town is full of beautiful murals and mosaics. The central piazza has several wall friezes depicting the sun, moon and stars. Another piazza close by has more mosaics and a fountain with 12 spouts, all depicting the signs of the zodiac. The sculpture outside the church is by Pinuccio Sciola who makes sculptures out of granite and basalt which can be played as musical instruments.
Sardinia enjoys a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry, windy summers and very mild winters which is why villa accommodation is so popular here. Coastal plains are drier and warmer than the mountains, which may see snow in the wintertime.
There are three main airports in Sardinia and visitors can either fly direct, or take a cheap flight to a major Italian airport and then get a hopper flight or ferry service to the island. The cheapest way is to book a cheap flight to Italy and then take a ferry to Sardinia. The nearest airport and ferry port to your villa in Putzu Idu is at Cagliari, about 100km away.