Tuesday 11 June 2024 from 9:00 to 13:00 the Ancient Roman Baths will be closed to visitors due to the temporary transfer of finds.

Aragonese House

The so-called “Aragonese House” in Fordongianus dates back to the late 1500s and early 1600s. It represents a typical residential typology of central Sardinia, particularly in Fordongianus and Abbasanta, overlaid with architectural and decorative elements from an international repertoire introduced through Spanish influence.

The most striking feature of this house, along with the intricately carved stones adorning doors and windows, is represented by the front porch.

The latter represents the major difference that distinguishes the architecture of this area from those of Campidano in Cagliari and Oristano, where the traditional dwelling features a porch attached to the house and facing the courtyard.

In the Aragonese House, however, the courtyard is at the back and has a secondary entrance. Internally, it comprises thirteen rooms distributed across two residential units.

Originally, these two parts constituted a single building and communicated through a characteristic corner door, walled up in the late 1800s to divide the structure into two separate properties. It is built of trachyte, mostly red in color, a volcanic stone abundant in the territory of Fordongianus. The doors and windows are richly adorned with late-Gothic Aragonese style elements with influences from the Renaissance era.

The spaces within the Aragonese House feature built-in wall cabinets, window-side seats, and numerous small details that make this house unique and original. The roofing rests on the characteristic matting of reeds, covered by tiles. The rear of the Aragonese House is divided into well-defined sections by walls and gateways, including the garden-orchard, the stable, and a covered area where agricultural carts were parked.

Since December 2021, the rooms of the building have housed striking presences. These are wire mesh artworks depicting a series of figures engaged in domestic chores, created by the Oristano-based artist and designer, Mauro Podda. Despite using a material reluctant to be shaped, the artist managed to create figures of exceptional impact. A tribute to the role of women, the cornerstone of families, throughout the centuries.


Aragonese House

Pratza de Is Ballus, Via Traiano, 10, 09083 Fordongianus OR


From Tuesday to Sunday, from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM and from 3:30 PM to 7:00 PM. Closed on December 25th and January 1st. Visitable by appointment only by calling the number +39 0783 60157.

Ancient Roman Baths
Aragonese House


REDUCED TICKET (6 to 14 years old)

FREE – Children from 0 to 5 years old

GROUP TICKET (min. 20 people)

6 euro

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Ancient Roman Baths
Aragonese House


FULL TICKET – 6 euro

REDUCED TICKET (6 to 14 years old) – 3 euro

FREE – Children from 0 to 5 years old

GROUP TICKET (min. 20 people) – 5 euro

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