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Welcome to Pausania Inn

Welcome to Pausania Inn

Owned and run by the Vargiu family, the hotel is located in Tempio Pausania, in Sardinia, one short kilometer from the town center. Immersed in the peace and quiet of Gallura’s wooded countryside, Pausania Inn is an ideal base from …

Our rooms

Our rooms

There are many different kinds of rooms at Pausania Inn. We have made every effort to meet the needs of families, couples, singles, groups of friends, and disabled travelers. Some rooms have a terrace, a small garden and/or an independent …

Our swimming pool

Our swimming pool

Pausania Inn’s good-sized outdoor swimming pool is a great spot to relax and sip a drink. Surrounded by flowers and a lawn shaded by Mediterranean trees, this is an inviting setting in which to rest while musing on the beauty …


Mount Limbara Package 2018

Mount Limbara Package 2018

1 night with half board: € 64 per person

On your motorcycles in Gallura 2018

On your motorcycles in Gallura 2018

3 days / 2 nights in bed & breakfast: €39,00 per person, per night, minimum 2 nights stay

Easter Special 2018

Easter Special 2018

1 or 2 nights in full board...

Warm, family-style welcome

Pausania Inn Sardinia


In the hilly interior, not far from the sea


Art in the hotel

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Art in the hotel

While the roots of local arts and crafts are ancient, many of the traditional techniques are still in use today. When wandering around the town’s backstreets you may well stumble upon small workshops, and, if you peek in, you might just see the artisans at work using tools from the past: hand looms and chisels, potter’s wheels and knives. The handiwork of weavers in Aggius never fails to fascinate visitors, and equally remarkable is the craft of local silversmiths and goldsmiths.
Pausania Inn’s Boutique, spread throughout the common areas of the hotel, is dedicated to local arts and crafts, and showcases a selection of gift items that draw from the rich heritage of Gallura, including fine ceramics, wood and stone sculptures, hand-woven textiles, and traditional Sardinian jewelry.
Our aim is to bring together the worlds of tourism and art. We hope our displays will help promote an appreciation of the Sardinian heritage, while creating an environment for you to enjoy as you relax on your holiday. If you so wish, you may purchase the arts and crafts on display directly from the artisans who made them: our staff will be happy to assist you and to give you any information you may need.

Reasons to visit Tempio

Tempio is centrally located in Northern Sardinia and enjoys easy access to many interesting sights along the coast. It only takes about an hour to reach Costa Smeralda to the east, the pretty islands of La Maddalena and Caprera, and …

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Food and wine

Gallura is a land of tradition, and the unique flavors and aromas of its remarkably authentic cuisine nourish both body and soul…

A stroll along the granite-lined streets

Tempio and environs

Hotel Pausania Inn

Tempio and environs

At the foot of Mount Limbara, the lovely and distinctive town of Tempio Pausania has long been considered Gallura’s cultural capital. Its historical center, made up of a seemingly endless succession of granite buildings adorned by wrought iron balconies overlooking stone-paved alleys and streets, offers many beautiful views.

Tempio is a lively and welcoming town, noted for its winter Carnival, one of Sardinia’s biggest and most popular: the dancing, street parades and general merriment last for six days, and thousands of people participate. The International Folklore Festival takes place each July, and has been a yearly tradition for over 30 years. On August 14th and 15th, the Mountain Feast draws local crowds to Mount Limbara. The Feast of Saint Isidore, protector of farmers, is celebrated on the first Sunday of September: on this occasion, an image of the saint is carried in procession through the streets of downtown on ox-drawn wagons, with the accompaniment of the town band, of horsemen and folk groups from all over Sardinia, and of musicians playing primitive reed-pipe instruments called launeddas. The Feast of Mary the Child, on the first Sunday of September, comprises a very evocative torchlight procession throughout town and should not be missed.

Pausania Inn is ideally located both to visit nearby Mount Limbara and to access the coast and beautiful white-sand beaches of Northern Sardinia, with a pleasant drive through the so-called Moon Valley, a spectacular landscape studded with wind-molded granite sculptures. The hotel is also perfectly located to enjoy Paolo Fresu’s Time in Jazz International Festival as it comes to town in August.

The surrounding area is rich of natural and archaeological attractions, including thousand-year-old olive trees, Mount Limbara, the springs of Rinaggiu and the archaeological site of Nuraghe Majori, 500 m from the hotel’s front door.

Pausania Inn is an excellent base for all sorts of outings. During your stay, you can hike, bike, horseback ride, take an off-road vehicle or board the Little Green Train, which sets off on a breathtaking journey through the region’s untamed interior and reaches some of its most beautiful northern destinations.


There are many cultural events luring visitors to Tempio throughout the year.

  • The local winter Carnival, one of Sardinia’s most popular: from February 4th to February 9th 2016.
  • The rituals of the Holy Week from March 21st to 28th 2016.
  • ‘Stazzi e Cussogghj a Tempio Pausania’ on June 11st and 12th 2016: on this occasion, crafts, customs and traditions connected to Gallura’s old agro-pastoral lifestyle are brought back to life; visitors are also given the opportunity to enjoy culinary specialties from the past that are no longer easy to find on the market and are for the most committed to the memory of the local enders.
  • The events dedicated to the famed Italian singer-songwriter Fabrizio De Andrè, on July 22nd 2016.
  • The International Folklore Festival, on July 25th 2016, a yearly tradition for over 30 years.
  • Paolo Fresu’s Time in Jazz International Festival, on August 12th 2016.
  • The Mountain Feast, on Mount Limbara, on August 14th and 15th 2016.
  • The Feast of Saint Paul the Hermit and Our Lady of the Way, from August 27th to 29th 2016.
  • The Feast of Saint Isidore, on September 3rd and 4th 2016; on this occasion, an image of the saint, protector of farmers, is carried in procession through the streets of the historical center on ox-drawn wagons, with the accompaniment of the town band, of horsemen and of several Sardinian folk groups.
  • The Feast of Mary the Child, from September 6th to 8th 2016; which comprises an evocative torchlight procession, shows and fireworks.
  • The patronal feast of Nuchis, from September 22nd to 25th 2016, in honor of the Saints Cosmas and Damian.


The staff at Pausania Inn will be happy to help you arrange transportation to and from nearby locations, and to assist you in securing a spot on day trips in the area, which can involve travel both by boat and overland.

During your stay, you can:

  • Visit Tempio Pausania, long considered Gallura’s cultural capital. Its historical center, made up of a seemingly endless succession of granite buildings adorned by wrought iron balconies overlooking stone-paved alleys and streets, offers many beautiful views: the Cathedral of Saint Peter, the Oratory of the Rosary and the Church of the Holy Cross; the house of Nino Visconti, the last ruler of the Giudicato di Gallura, cited by Dante in the eighth Canto of the Purgatory; via Mannu, described in the past as “a noblemen’s street,” because it was home to the Spanish aristocracy; the Theater of the Carmine (1929) and the adjacent cloister (1650). In via Roma, a few steps from the cathedral, marvel at the creations of tailor and designer Anna Grindi, who in 1999 patented a fabric made of cork, Suberis. Visit the old train station dating back to the 1930s, and check out Giuseppe Biasi’s charming murals in the waiting room; the train station’s workshop, from the late 1800s, is closed to the public, but it’s worth asking the staff if they’ll let you take a peek inside. Stroll along the Fonte Nuova, Tempio’s summer boulevard, and walk up the steepish pine grove of Saint Lawrence to the springs of Rinaggiu.
  • Visit the archaeological site of Nuraghe Majori, 500 m from the hotel.
  • Hike or walk on Mount Limbara.
  • Go to the nearby Moon Valley, whose wind-molded granite sculptures are a breathtaking sight.
  • Enjoy a boat outing on Lake Liscia, and visit the thousand-year-old olive trees of Luras.
  • Ride in a boat on the Coghinas River, where bird-watching opportunities abound.
  • Visit the Archipelago of La Maddalena, stopping on the islands of Spargi, Budelli, Santa Maria and Caprera (you can also book a seafood lunch on board the boat).
  • Take part in a wine tasting at the Piero Mancini Vineyards (Olbia), 40 minutes by car from the hotel.
  • Board the Little Green Train, which sets off on a breathtaking journey through the region’s untamed interior and reaches some of its most beautiful northern destinations.
  • Spend the day at the Aquafantasy water park (Isola Rossa), 30 minutes by car from the hotel.
  • Spend a few hours at the spa in Casteldoria (S. Maria Coghinas), 40 minutes by car from the hotel.
  • Head out to the Island of Tavolara, from Porto San Paolo, about an hour by car from the hotel.

Our territory

 The environs of Tempio Pausania

Whatever the season, Gallura is beautiful. Indeed, Northern Sardinia’s landscapes are inspiring any time of the year, and visiting the lovely villages scattered within a 9 km radius of Tempio will surely appeal to the many travelers committed to getting to know this wonderful region.

Listed here are some villages that you can easily reach by car during your stay at Pausania Inn:

Nuchis lies 3 km from Tempio Pausania. A gentle ride amid green hills and oak forests leads into the town, considered by many to be one of Sardinia’s most evocative. Its reputation is well deserved, as you will soon see for yourselves as you stroll along its ancient streets, admire its attractive granite buildings adorned with flower-laden balconies, and visit its courtyards, old churches (of which there are five) and the complex dedicated to the Saints Cosmas and Damian, with its imposing bell tower. At the foot of the hamlet, immersed in vegetation, you’ll find an ancient fountain and stone basin. Nearby, you can visit the Nuragic site “Agnu,” the Sacred Fountain “Li Paladini,” the Tomb of the Giants of “Pascaredda,” and the train station, where the Little Green Train makes one of its stops;

Luras is a fascinating village whose origins have been lost in time, and are now something of a mystery: its founders are said to have had a distinctly different genetic makeup from that of the other inhabitants of the region. The town was once called Villa Lauras or Oppidum Luris, two names thought to derive either from the word “lura” (waterskin) or from the word “laurus” (laurel), which might indicate a Roman connection. Regardless, there are several hypotheses as to the origins of the town. Some scholars maintain that it was an Etruscan colony, settled in the 9th century BC, whereas others argue that it was founded by a part of the 4,000 Jews deported to Sardinia in 19 AD following the orders of the Roman emperor Tiberius. The latter hypothesis seems to gain strength from the locals’ talent for enterprise, and from certain customs the residents of Luras share with the Jewish community. The first document citing Luras is the Carta Pisana from the late 13th century. Today, the economy of the 2,800 locals is largely based on tourism, agriculture, farming, the manufacturing of cork and granite goods, viticulture and winemaking. The historical center of Luras is characteristic and well preserved;

Calangianus is one of Italy’s most productive towns, with many workshops and industries dedicated to the manufacturing of cork products. A museum devoted to this material is conveniently located in the village’s historical center, inside an attractive 18th-century complex comprising a former Franciscan convent and the church of Saint Mary of the Angels. The ancient building, entirely made out of granite, was erected in the 18th century to accommodate the local community of Capuchin friars. In 1866, when the relations between the state and the Church became strained on account of the pope’s continued meddling in temporal affairs, the convent was suppressed and the religious community expelled. Subsequently, a part of the complex was assigned to the Province of Sassari, which used it to provide the Carabinieri with headquarters in town, and the other was assigned to the municipality, which used it to set up a school, a prison and an office for the local magistrate. In the middle of the cloister you can still see the water well once used by the town’s residents. During the First and Second World Wars, the church was occupied by the soldiers stationed in Calangianus, who left it in a dire state. In 1946, a committee worked to raise funds to embellish the interior with frescoes depicting the life of Saint Francis (1948) by the Milanese painter Carlo Armanni, who had served as a soldier in Gallura;

Aggius is one of the most ancient and characteristic villages of High Gallura. The Italian Touring Club awarded the town an “orange flag” (a recognition of quality) and included it on the organization’s list of “authentic Italian villages.” Located at the foot of a crown of granite peaks, Aggius enjoys surprising and enchanting views over spectacular rock formations, studded with natural wind-molded sculptures and riddled with caves. Surrounded by a pristine countryside, home to common oaks, holm oaks and Mediterranean shrubs, parks and ponds, nuraghi and Megalithic circles, the village is an excellent starting point for visits to destinations farther afield, including the must-see “Moon Valley.” Its historical center is a living museum: the ancient hamlet is well preserved: you’ll find narrow streets and houses made out of granite blocks, churches, fountains, and countless nooks and crannies to explore.

The Museum of Ethnography MEOC and the Museum of Banditry will set you on an interesting and exciting journey into the culture and traditions of Gallura and of Sardinia. Aggius has kept alive its many traditional crafts, ranging from the manufacturing of cork and granite goods to the art of filigree and of textiles, which are still hand-woven on wood looms. Traditional dance and song are still practiced (there’s a five-voice polyphonic choir in town), and celebrations for the Holy Week and for a number of rural feasts are still very much current;

Bortigiadas is a hamlet of 800 people perched up on a hillside in the heart of Gallura. The center is steeped in a unique atmosphere… The ancient granite houses, the narrow streets, the square, the overlook and the countless picturesque views will take you back in time! From its sheltered perch, Bortigiadas commands exquisite views over Mount Limbara and the Fumosa. Bortigiadas is home to an interesting Mineralogy Museum, which opens on request. The reproductions of the paintings by the world-famous Sardinian artist Pinuccio Sciola, on the facades of the houses, are very evocative. Bortigiadas will remind you of the villages you can normally only see on vintage illustrated postcards;

Perfugas is home to a paleobotanical archaeological museum, a petrified forest and an ancient holy well;

Aglientu is also worth a visit. Here you will find the Mud’A’, a center dedicated to the area’s old “stazzi.” This restored mill from the early 1900s, located in the middle of town, just a few meters from the main square, often houses excellent exhibitions;

Luogosanto is home to the Nuragic complex of Monte Casteddu, with its interesting “meeting hut,” the Balaiana castle and the church of Saint Leonardo, the hermitage of Saint Trano, the palace of Baldu, the basilica of the Nativity, a convent and an ethnographic museum;

Torralba is an hour ride from Tempio Pausania; it is worth stopping by to visit the Nuraghe Santu Antine.

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How to get to Pausania Inn from Costa Smeralda Airport in Olbia

Follow directions to leave the airport. When you reach the traffic light turn 
left. After 300 m bear right, following directions for Sassari. Almost immediately bear left toward Sassari. After 2.9 km turn right, following directions for Palau / Golfo Aranci / Arzachena / S. Teresa.

After 3.5 km turn right, toward Telti. Keep going 
for about 5 km, then turn right for Priatu.

Keep going for 6 km until you get to a traffic circle. Exit at second turn on 
the right-hand side toward Tempio / Luras (SP 136). After approximately 
7 km you reach a stop sign: turn left toward Tempio / Calangianus. After about 5 km you reach another stop sign bordering the small town of Luras: turn left, toward Tempio / Calangianus. After 1 km, upon reaching another stop sign, turn right onto road directed toward Tempio (SS 127). 
After 5 km you reach Tempio’s ring road. Without entering into town center, keep straight on ring road and pass through 3 traffic lights. Bear right 
onto street toward Palau (SS 133). Pausania Inn’s entrance is after 1 km, on the left.


How to get to Pausania Inn from the Alghero-Fertilia Airport

Follow directions to leave the Alghero-Fertilia airport. Turn left, after 200 m bear right, following directions for Sassari. Continue for 3 km, then bear right, following directions for Sassari. At this point the Sella & Mosca winery should be visible on your right. After 4 km you will reach a traffic circle: proceed to follow directions for Sassari. After 1 km turn left, toward Sassari. After 5 km turn left again, toward Sassari. Get onto a 4-aisle highway, and go straight for 9 km, then follow directions for Cagliari (SS 131). After 18 km turn right, toward Tempio. After 6 km turn right, toward Tempio. Keep going for 47 km (SS 597), the last 13 km of which you will find to be full of twists and turns. After 1.5 km you will reach a traffic light. Turn sharply to the left to get onto the road directed toward Palau (SS 133). Pausania Inn’s entrance is after 1 km, on the left.


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The main distances

Distances from the center of Tempio Pausania:

1 km Tempio Pausania

1.5 km Piazza Gallura

2 km Courthouse

1.6 km Theater

1 km Bus stop

2 km Train Station

2 km Hospital

Distance from airports:

 44 km Airport Olbia Costa Smeralda

96,7 km Airport Alghero Fertilia

Distance from the beach:

30 km Isola Rossa, La Marinedda, Vignola

50 km Palau

50 km Arcipelago della Maddalena

50 km Santa Teresa Gallura

50 km Castelsardo

100 km Alghero

Archaeological  areas near our Inn:


500 m Nuraghe Majori

8 km La Tomba dei Giganti di Pascaredda

14 km Dolmen e Olivastri Millenari Luras


Turistic areas of interest surrounding Tempio Pausania:


9 km Monte Limbara

11 km La Valle della Luna, Aggius