Since 2005 it has been the capital, together with Tempio Pausania, of the province of Olbia-Tempio, suppressed in 2016 and operationally replaced by the “homogeneous area of Olbia-Tempio” for the exercise of provincial functions within the province of Sassari until the complete suppression of all provinces.
The historic churches of Olbia are the Basilica of San Simplicio, one of the most distinguished Romanesque monuments on the island, and the church of San Paolo, baroque, with high bell tower and majolica dome and with interior frescoes by the painter Alberto Sanna.
In the countryside of Olbia there are the church of San Vittore (with wooden statue of the saint, the first bishop of Fausania), Our Lady of Cabu Abbas, Saint Lucia, the Holy Spirit, the church of Sant’Angelo, the church of Santa Mariedda.
Among the modern churches present in the city are the church of the Holy Family, the Madonna de La Salette, the church of Sant’Antonio, the church of San Ponziano in Poltu Cuadu and the parish of San Michele Arcangelo of the hospital area.
The feast of the patron saint of Olbia and Gallura, San Simplicio, is celebrated on May 15, following the typical program of village holidays. Religious celebrations that begin nine days earlier are flanked by various cultural, sporting, and secular entertainment initiatives (such as concerts, fireworks, and rides). On this occasion a free taste of the main typical product is also offered: mussels.
There is no access ticket in the city and parking is allowed in the equipped areas, available on the official city mobility website at: https://servizionline.comune.olbia.ot.it/
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