Amid the resorts of Sardinia's northeastern coast, Olbia, a town of about
60,000, is a lively little seaport and port of call for mainland ferries at the
head of a long, wide bay.San SimplicioOlbia's little Catholic basilica, a short walk behind the
main Corso Umberto and past the train station, is worth searching out if you
have any spare time in Olbia. The simple granite structure dates from the 11th
century, part of the great Pisan church-building program, using pillars and
columns recycled from Roman buildings. The basilica has a bare, somewhat somber
interior, its three naves separated by a series of arches.