Most famous internationally for having being used as the set of several ‘spaghetti westerns’ during the 1960s, the tiny village of San Salvatore (18km west of Oristano) is free of occupants save for the first weekend in September when the Corsa degli Scalzi sees it teaming with people. Local young men run barefoot (ouch!) along the stony paths between Cabras and San Salvatore carrying the statue of the Holy Saviour. Apart from its fascinating little empty houses (known locally as cumbessias) the main attraction in San Salvatore is its 17th century church with its underground hypogeum. This was originally a nuragic pagan chapel, now thought to be linked to the cult of water. In the Roman era it was converted into a church, and you can still see some evidence of this now in the form of some remaining, albeit faded, frescoes on the walls. An eerie but captivating experience.
Open 09:30 - 13:00, 15:30 - 18:00, Sun 09:30 - 13:00.
Nov - Mar 09:30 - 13:00.