From the Middle Ages until 1954, it was called Bannari, deriving from balneus (thermal bath), hence why the municipality has two names – one official and the other historical. Villa Verde is a tiny village of just over 300 inhabitants in the upper Marmilla region, extending across the eastern side of Monte Arci. The charming old town, with typical rural ‘courtyard houses’, is structured around the parish church of the Beata Vergine Assunta, the patron saint celebrated in August and on the following Sunday. In August, events forming part of the Dromos Festival circuit are also held. To be admired in the village is the church of San Sebastiano, a sculpture by Luigi Taras commemorating the casualties of war, the Crobeddu house and the old oil mill, a location for cultural exhibitions and agricultural-food products.