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Ossi on the outskirts of Sassari the country of hospitality, of nature and traditions

by Franco Cuccuru
Ossi on the outskirts of Sassari the country of hospitality, of nature and traditions

23 agosto 2023

Of medieval origin, the village of Ossi belonged to the Giudicato of Torres and was included in the Curatoria of Coros, a property of the Malaspina family beginning in the late 12th century. When the Malaspina joined the insurrection unleashed by the Dorias, Ossi suffered serious damage but continued to remain in their possession until 1353 when together with the Curatoria of Coros it passed to King Peter the Ceremonious.
Then the “villa” of Ossi was incorporated into the Kingdom of Arborea following the war between Aragon and Arborea and remained occupied by Judicial troops until 1409. In 1420 when the Arborean Kingdom ended, the village passed to the Kingdom of Sardinia, and the following year it was included in the County of Oliva, a fief of Bernardo Centelles. From 1469 the village passed in the female line to the Cedrelles and then to the House of Fabra. The two families disputed possession of Ossi in a dispute that lasted until 1512 when it finally ended in favor of the Cedrelles. In 1796, during the Savoy era, the village took part in the anti-feudal uprisings siding with G. M. Angioy; it was for this subdued, armed hand, by royal troops. As early as 1821 Ossi was included in the province of Sassari. The ancient evidence runs since the prenuragic age in a historical continuity that reaches the present day. From this period remain the necropolis of “Noeddale” consisting of hypogeic tombs, the polyandrous tomb of Ena 'e Muros and the necropolis of Adde 'Asile. From the Nuragic period there are as many as nine visible nuraghi and a great many collapsed ones, and the important village of Sa Mandra 'e sa giua, the site of numerous finds of great importance for the history of the Nuragic civilization. Necropolis of Mesu 'e Montes. The complex is excavated on a limestone ridge on the slopes of Mount Mamas. The necropolis includes 18 domus de janas, all multi-cellular (in two of them there are up to 12 rooms). The complex is excavated on a limestone ridge on the southern slopes of Mount Mamas, Sassari, northwestern Sardinia. The necropolis includes 18 multi-cellular domus de janas divided into two groups by an ancient sheep-track. Tombs I, II, III, IV, VI and XIII, XVI stand out for their architectural and decorative features. The necropolis covers a chronological span from the Final Neolithic to the Middle Bronze Age. Each village has a curious nickname cleverly matched to its own characteristic. Ossesu Giogarzu is the nickname given to the Ossese people noting the importance of snail collecting that later became a trade and tradition. Over many centuries “gioga, gioghitta, monza and cocoi”, have always reproduced with regular abundance, constituting one of the main dishes, tasty and rich in calories, which could not be missed on the most important occasions, such as, for example, the cocoi for the patronal feast of St. Bartholomew or included in the wedding menu. «Ossi is the ideal town for those who would like to have together on the one side the advantages of living in the city and on the other side the freedom and quality of life of living in a village – said Mayor Pasquale Lubinu –. Distant just 4 km from State Highway 131 and 11 km from the entrance to Sassari, which can be reached in less than 15 minutes, Ossi is a hospitable and quiet community, with its 5. 600 inhabitants, is the seventh out of 66 municipalities in the province after Sassari, offering culture, sociality, landscapes and natural and archaeological riches, but also all the essential services from kindergarten to the rest home» passing through parks, cinema, social center, sports facilities, schools, and much more. In addition to the Snail Festival, a historic event that recalls the taste and Ossese lands, there is Assazzende and Buffende wine event. Su Premiu de Poesia gather Sardinian poets in the writing of essays “a taolinu” or the art of singing poetry “improvisada”. Monumenti Aperti to discover the archaeological beauty and the patronal feast of St. Bartholomew this year on August 24,25 and 26. Associationism in Ossi is a prominent feature. Several are, in fact, the associations that, in different areas work actively and steadily giving voluntarily to the country and the people an indelible sign under the banner of tradition, culture and fun. A fun that is also confirmed through sports. The different disciplines practiced in Ossi allow people to choose which sport to practice. Ossi, also boasts of sporting excellence starting with Karate with the champion Antonio Sotgia, but also the Ossese Polisportiva, the Women's Volleyball, and the Ossese Sports Union with bowling. «With new and important public works in the pipeline, from the nursery school, to the swimming pools, passing through the redevelopment of parks, historic center and municipal facilities – Mayor Lubinu concludes –, the town of Ossi will grow even more, improving the quality of life of its inhabitants».

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