Points of interest
There are numerous places of historical, architectural and artistic interest, reachable through picturesque streets with the typical granite paving.
Tempio railway station was built in 1931, with the traditional model of a transit station, which addresses the main front to the village and is placed parallel to the rails; the front building is articulated by cornices and openings in perfect correspondence with the one towards the railway track, complemented by a beautiful iron cantilever roof. The attention to detail is evident in the use of bricks, in contrast with the plaster and structural parts made of granite, in the paintings of the lunettes and geometric bands that emphasize the walls, in writing service and furnishings, not fully maintained.
It is particularly important the decorative part of Giuseppe Biasi, who performed the paints for the interior. The paintings, in part lost, represent scenes of country life and moments of everyday life, characterized by wide layers of color, which is gloomy, lively and bright.
Casa di Nino di Gallura
“House of Nino di Gallura”, is located in the homonym street, is an important example of medieval architecture in the city. Alleged home of Nino Visconti, he was Judge of Gallura in the middle of the thirteenth century. Friend of Dante Alighieri, is quoted in the eighth song of the Purgatory of the Divina Commedia: “Giudice Nin gentil, quanto mi piacque quandi ti vidi non esser tra i rei” … “Non le farà si bella sipoltura la vipera, che i Milanesi accampa come avria fatto il Gallo di Gallura” (vv. 52-55). –
The ancient building currently is only visible partly, now fully incorporated into the latest surrounding buildings. The structure has two rooms with courtyard, typical plant of the ancient buildings. After a recent renovation can be admired in all their original glory, three features openings, strong witness of an architecture much older than the rest of the buildings in the city.
Teatro del Carmine
The Teatro Civico del Carmen stands on the area of the ancient Madonna del Carmine Church, situated in the square and adjacent to the Chiostro degli Scolopi. The project was planned in 1928 by engineer Aldo Faconti, strongly backed by the government and by a group of deserving citizens (the “Company of the ten”) desiring to give to Tempio a permanent theater. The inauguration took place on February 20, 1929 with the performance of the opera Lucia di Lammermor by Gaetano Donizetti; in 1930, after hosting the tenor Giovanni Manurrita was greeted triumphantly Bernardo de Muro.
Later the building was used for the representation of popular shows until, during the ’50s with the advent of film and television, the theater starts a slow decline that will culminate with the use of’ building as a dance hall.
The theater was closed in 1991. After intense restoration work that has enabled us to recover its original appearance, it was returned to Gallura’s people on 18 October 2001.
Convento degli Scolopi
Piarists, in 1665, had established, at the urging of the municipalities and the nobility of Tempio, a free college, where teaching was given to young people across the Gallura.
The seventeenth-century building, although altered over time, retains its imposing structure. Currently houses the Municipal Library “Giovanni Maria Dettori”. In the school of the Piarists, who had the merit to redeem the land of illiteracy, studied famous people, from the greatest poet of Gallura, Don Gavino Pes (1724-1795) theologian Giovanni Maria Dettori (1773-1836), master of Vincenzo Gioberti at the University of Turin.