olbia after 2°world war

Few words, many pictures

May 14, 1943 is in memory of all those over seventy today. It was a sunny Sunday when the city resounded in the crash of bombs and suffered the enemy's raids. Numerous buildings were damaged, including the Town Hall in Corso Umberto. Many buildings became impassable, as well as some buildings in via Porto Romano. Even the seaplane hangar in Via Dei Lidi was destroyed. The economic recovery in the post-war period was slow but progressive.

In the 50's the current Molo Brin was the Commercial Port of Olbia: here ships of less than four meters draft did moore. Unloading of goods took place in two ways. On rail: that happened a couple of times a week, it was a show for everyone. People went there specifically to browse the latest imported into cities, hampering the work of the men of the Guardia di Finanza carrying out checks. There was everything: from the animals coming from all over the island to the first modern gadgets such as TVs, exposed for the first time in a display of appliances in Piazza Regina Margherita, where hundreds of children abducted and enchanted by the amazing spells of CRT were going to squash their fingerprints on the glass.

The city was the main connection of the island cattle that took place mainly in the center. Fed herds of cattle and sheep were being conveyed in Olbia to be marketed outside the island. The loads of cattle mainly came from the hinterland of Sassari and Nuoro. The animals were gathered in Boaro - former barn - in Via Gabriele D'Annunzio once a week, where today the park Fausto Noce is. There were then sorted and carried in procession through all the streets of the center of a sort of shepherd "cowboy" yelling at breakneck speed making their way through the people and trying to regulate the beasts that often dispersed on the way to Molo Brin. The most typical, "BISIDE Bonne" screaming to do well in people with the same vehemence with which recalled his animals.

The level crossing - which was operated manually with a crank as soon as the train passed - along Via delle Terme, Porto Romano and Corso Umberto to Via Umberto, following the way, the animals were finally loaded on ship wharfs to Naples.

The business town in those years took place at the Municipal Market. Built in 54 'from the remains of the ancient wash-citizen, the market was also an attraction for the rural people. As well as the entire trapezius stretching from Piazza Matteotti, along Aqueduct Street and Via Regina Elena.

Translated with On-line translator. Sorry, we'll do better soon