Sassari is an ancient royal city rich in history and art, the most important point of reference in the north of Sardinia for the economic and cultural activities, where were born many prominent figures of the Italian Republic. Rosello Fountain and Piazza Italia are the symbols of Sassari. Founded in the Middle Ages, Sassari is rich in stately and ecclesiastical buildings of great value, protected by a frame of fields and olive groves. In the center stand the cathedral of San Nicola of Bari and the churches of Santa Maria of Betlemme and of Sant’Apollinare.