Municipality of Padria
Brief notes on the town:
Situated in the central-western area of Sardinia, in the Logudoro Meilogu region, north-west of the Medium Temo Valley, almost 60km from Sassari, rises the ancient Gurulis Vetus, dating from Roman times, today called Padria. The town, surrounded by three hills which make it its strongly distinctive element, preserves an harmonic urban framework almost uncontaminated by improper interventions, in which the original urban order is still clearly visible. The town lies at an altitude of 311 meters, on a valley at the foot of 3 hills which form its distinctive frame: S.Giuseppe, S.Pietro and S.Paolo. The geographical position of the town is particularly delightful: it is only 30 Km from the western coastline of the island and is easy to reach from state road 131.
Padria is dedicated to pastoral activity, agriculture and olive growing. Despite the large number of materials and findings of archaeological interest in the area of Padria, tourism has never taken off here at an intense level.
The territory of Padria, with its millenary archaeological evidence, constitutes both a unique and significant cultural wealth to understand the evolution of human settlements through the centuries. The geographical position and geo-morphological conditions of the territory, formed primarily by hilly reliefs of a modest altitude, between the western coast of the island and along the natural communication ways with inland areas, have made Padria one of the most privileged areas for human settlement from Prehistoric times to the late ancient and high Middle Ages. In the historical centre, buildings of a simple architecture are often embellished by decorated lintels and by distinctive building solutions. A number of 19th century buildings overlook the wide and spacious streets which often converge into squares. Scholars have discovered that the most ancient traces of human settlements in the territory of Padria date back to the recent Neolithic period. The construction of the Domus de Janas often grouped in small necropolis are dated from this period. Some excavation work has resurfaced ceramic materials that can be dated to the Neolithic period. Today, these belong to the Town Collection and are on show at the Civic Archaeological Museum of Padria. A large village of pre-Nuragic age has been discovered on the hill of S.Giuseppe, on the outskirts of the town. It is possible to date the village to between 2.500 B.C. and 2.200 B.C.The studies of a number of 19th century documents show that the populated centre of Gurulis Vetus was abandoned at the end of the Imperial age up until the late Middle Ages.
Traditions and events:
|Saint Anthony Abbot||Historical centre||January 17|
|Saint Joseph||Historical centre||March 19|
|Saint Giulia||Historical centre||May 22|
|Saint Anthony of Padua||Historical centre||October 2|