San Sperate: A Different Kind of Museum

Have you ever dreamed of walking around an outdoor museum? If that’s the case, then you must pack your bags right away and book a trip to San Sperate, a province in South Sardinia, Italy. San Sperate hosts thousands of tourists that travel from all over the world and are drawn and lured by its combination of simplicity and the hard-nosed efforts of its people to develop a whole different kind of museum. Sardinian muralists have delighted art connoisseurs for decades, especially those from the center of the island, with the Orgosolo being perhaps the most popular of them all, even if it’s not the richest of them. The ‘60s brought along a lot of political and social shakeups, and way before globalization helped people get a glimpse of what was happening all around the world, the ideals of socialism, justice, and working-class rights made it all the way to Sardinia.

San Sperate: A Different Kind of Museum
San Sperate: A Different Kind of Museum

Pinuccio Sciola, one of the island’s most famous artists, made a name for himself by painting a lot of murals in the Campidanese houses (made with clay and hay) all over San Sperate,and some of them are still in perfect shape. In fact, Pinuccio Sciola is known as the pioneer of muralism in Europe, as he was one of the first to bring that technique all the way from Mexico, and painted over 300 murals across all town. Ever since muralists from all over the world and local artists paint murals in the streets of San Sperate, a tradition so attached to the identity and roots of the Sardinians that its art is one of their biggest points of pride.

Le vie dei Murales

If you’re walking through the streets of San Sperate, you’ll be able to follow some colorful paths painted red, blue, yellow, or green, and follow a schedule to make a tour depending on the color you choose. Also, tourists can ask for a guided tour, but they’ll need to go to the Ufficio Turistico San Sperate dell’Associazione Fentanas, which is simply their Tourism Office, located in Risorgimento 31. Another place you just can’t miss while in San Sperate is the Parco Museo di Pinuccio Sciola, where you’ll be able to find all there is to know about the history of these murals and Sciola’s life work.

How to Make It to San Sperate
How to Make It to San Sperate

How to Make It to San Sperate

If you’re visiting the beautiful city of Cagliari, you can just rent a car and be a 30-minute drive away from the incredible streets of San Sperate, which also happens to be just 15 minutes away from the Elmas Airport. So, if you want to make it there by car, simply follow the Strada Statale 130, which connects Cagliari and Carbonia, and then exit in Monastir / San Sperate and you’ll be there in no time. But, if you want to make it there by bus, you should just buy a ticket on those ARST Buses from Cagliari bus station, and while it may take a little longer, it will be way cheaper and it will all be worth it once you’re there.