Municipality of Ittiri
Brief notes on the town:
Positioned on a hill of gentle contours the town enjoys an enviable position, which has always favoured successful trade with the nearby centres of Sassari and Alghero.
The four churches of the town are set one against the other in a unique cross shape: the parish Church of S. Pietro and the convent of San Francesco, the Church of Carmelo and the Church of Monserrato, which is surely the oldest (1600). Important are the outer abbey of Coros (1200), which has been recently restored, and the small rural Church of San Maurizio. Between them persists the hypogeic complex of Sa Figu which together with Santa ‘Ittoria and the perfectly finished dolmen of Runara make the surroundings of Ittiri an area abounding in charm and history. Important for its 18th century architecture is the fountain of St. Abbadorzu, in the urban centre.
The peek of Mount Torru (650m) is worth a visit for its natural beauty. It is home to the remains of a nuraghe from where it is possible to enjoy a spectacular view which sweeps from Capo Caccia to Asinara reaching as far as the Gennargentu.
The town of Ittiri was conferred with the institutional title of City with the decree of 24th April 2000 by the President of the Republic.
Until recent years the town was a famous centre for craftwork traditions such as weaving and embroidery. Today, Ittiri is also important for the elaboration and processing of trachyte: periodically it is home to the Biennial, a sculpting competition whose work is exposed in the town centre. The trachyte, true resource of the local subsoil and of a modern entrepreneurial activity, has allowed skilled local stonecutters to show off their art in the numerous facades of the buildings and sculptures of the historical centre.
For many years Ittiri has been the theatre of two important international events in summer, with the participation of artists from all over the world: the first (Folk Festival) is connected with popular dance, and the second (Ittiritmi) presents groups of world music and ethnic music.
Ittiri is famous worldwide for the production of olive oil (from the cultivar called bosana) and the spiny Sardinian artichoke; the local desserts are Sos Pirichittos and Su Biscottu, forefront of one of the most appreciated products in Sardinia. The production of cheese made from cow’s milk and the local sausage is remarkable.
This territory presents different tombs of the giants (including that of Saint Ereno, which dates from 3300 B.C.), the archaeological area of sa Figu, the Necropolis of Ochila, the Hypogeums of Musellos and Sos Coroneddos, the archaeological area of "Runara". Since remote times the area has offered the possibility to exploit fertile lands, abounding in water and a mild climate. Intensive agriculture was introduced by the Cistercian monks who settled first in the abbey of Paulis and later in Coros and Saint Leonard. The clusters that developed all around determined the original settlements of the ancient Ithir.
Traditions and events:
|Cantigos de sos Tre Rees (of the Three Magi)||Historical centre||Epiphany|
|Parade of carnival floats||Streets of the town||February (Carnival)|
|Feast of Saint Peter||Urban centre||June 25-29|
|Singing festival||Town football pitch||July 1-2|
|Procession of Carmelo||Urban centre||July 16|
|Ittiri Folk Festival||Town football pitch||Mid July|
|Rock festival "Donatello Manconi"||Town football pitch||July|
|Feast of Saint Pasquale||Umberto square||July 8-10|
|Ittiritmi||Public gardens||August 4-6|
|Band meeting "A. Campus" and cultural week||Urban centre||September 1-15|
|Feast of Our Lady of Coros||Shrine||September 8|
|Biennal La Trachite di Ittiri (The trachyte of Ittiri)||Urban centre||September-October|
|Singing event "Cantincoro"||Urban centre||September 17-18|
|Feast of Saint Maurice||Agro||September 22|