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Porto Torres

Posthudòrra
Città di Porto Torres
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Porto Torres
Porto Torres (Sardinia)
Coordinates: 40°50′N8°24′E / 40.833°N 8.400°E / 40.833; 8.400 Coordinates: 40°50′N8°24′E / 40.833°N 8.400°E / 40.833; 8.400
Country Italy
Region Sardinia
Province Sassari (SS)
Founded46 b.C (Roman settlement)
11 June 1842 (comune)
Frazioni Li Lioni, Asinara, Fiume Santo, Platamona
Government
  MayorMassimo Mulas (Progetto Turritano, PD, Italy in Common)
Area
[1]
  Total104.41 km2 (40.31 sq mi)
Elevation
17.00 m (55.77 ft)
Population
 (31 January 2020) [2]
  Total22,134
  Density210/km2 (550/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Turritani, Bainzini or Portotorresi
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
07046
Dialing code 079
ISTAT code 090058
Patron saintSt. Gavinus, St. Proto, St. Gianuario
Saint day30 May
Website Official website

Porto Torres (Sassarese : Posthudorra, Sardinian : Portu Turre) is a comune and a city of the Province of Sassari in north-west of Sardinia, Italy. Founded during the 1st century BC as Colonia Iulia Turris Libisonis, it was the first Roman colony of the entire island. It is situated on the coast at about 25 kilometres (16 mi) east of Capo del Falcone and in the center of the Gulf of Asinara. The port of Porto Torres is the second biggest seaport of the island, followed by the port of Olbia. The town is very close to the main city of Sassari, where the local university takes office.

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Toponymy

Postcard of Porto Torres of the early 20th century. The name is written Portotorres Porto Torres cartolina XX secolo.jpg
Postcard of Porto Torres of the early 20th century. The name is written Portotorres

Historically the settlement was founded with the Latin name "Colonia Iulia Turris Libisonis", composed with Colonia (name of the roman settlements) Iulia (name of the Julia gens) Turris (litt. "tower", referred probably to a nuraghe built not so far from the town or to the Monte d'Accoddi) and Libisonis (referred to Libya, probably because in the same are there was a Phoenician trading outpost. "Libya" is the ancient name of the entire northern coast of Africa). [3] After the fall of the Western Roman Empire the town was known simply as "Turris". During the Middle Ages during the Judicate of Logudoro the name was corrupted with "Torres" and after, during the Aragonese period, the town was known simply with the Catalan name of "Lo Port" (The port). During the Savoy reign it was known with the name of Portotorre (Porto+Torre; "Towerport").

Until the 1960s the town was commonly known as "Portotorres", and only after the official recognition of the status of city the name has officially changed in Porto Torres. [4]

History

Prehistorian and Nuragic period

The Miocene

In the frazione of Fiume Santo in 1994 has been find a lot of animal fossils presumably dated at the Miocene. Some 8/9 millions years old rests of Oreopithecus bambolii has been find in the same area. The discovering has started casually thanks to some hobbyist paleontologists that have noticed after some maintenance works in the near thermal power station the presence of some fossils in the excavation debris. In the area has been individuated 15 vertebrate species like giraffes, crocodiles, turtles, suidae and Mustelidae. Most of these animals like the Umbrotherium azzarolii were herbivorous, but some others like the Indarctos anthracitis were omnivores. [5]

Prehistory

Ancient human presence in the municipal territory of Porto Torres is certified thanks to many necropolis in the area. The altar of Monte d'Accoddi (very near to the town but in the municipality of Sassari) witness the human presence in that area during this ages.

Bronze and Nuragic Age

Finds dated at this ages has been find in the Necropolis of Su Crucifissu Mannu. In this necropolis has been find two skulls with the presence of some sort of surgical procedure probably practiced to heal issues like migraines and tumors. Another theory is that this surgical procedure has been practiced for religious and/or magical purposes. Many nuraghes belong to this ages, and nowadays only 7 of these structures are in a well state of preservation. The Domus de Janas of Andreolu also witness the presence of the Nuragic civilizzation.

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The Roman bridge of Porto Torres

Roman period (46 BC – 455 AD)

In ancient times, Turris Libisonis was one of the most considerable cities in Sardinia. [6] It was probably of purely Roman origin, founded apparently by Julius Caesar, as it bore the title Colonia Julia. [7] Pliny described it as a colony, the only on the island in his time, suggesting that there was previously no town on the spot, but merely a fort or castellum. It is noticed also by Ptolemy and in the Itineraries, but without any indication that it was a place of any importance. [6] The ancient remains still existing prove that it must have been a considerable town under the Roman Empire. According to inscriptions on ancient milestones, the principal road through the island ran directly from Caralis (Cagliari) to Turris, a sufficient proof that the latter was a place much frequented. [6] Indeed, two roads, which diverged at Othoca (modern Santa Giusta) connected Caralis to Turris, the more important keeping inland and the other following the west coast. [7] It was also an episcopal see during the early part of the Middle Ages. [6] There exists also the remains of a temple (which, as we learn from an inscription, was dedicated to Fortune, and restored in the reign of Philip between 247 and 249), of thermae , of a basilica and an aqueduct, as well as a bridge over the adjoining small river, still called the Fiume Turritano.

After the Roman fall

The ancient city continued to be inhabited till the 11th century, when the greater part of the population migrated to Sassari, about 15 kilometres (9 mi) inland, and situated on a hill. [6] It was partly under Genoese hands before, in the early 15th century, it was conquered by the Aragonese. After the Spanish rule it was part of the Kingdom of Sardinia.

Torres was separated from the comune of Sassari in 1842. At the time the area which had been built around the basilica of San Gavino joined the fishermen's community near the port to form the new Porto Torres. On 10 May 1942 Benito Mussolini visited the town. [8] On 18 April 1943 the city was bombed by the Allies. [9]

Geography

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Panorama near Parco Baden-Powell

Porto Torres' territory is situated on the north-west part of Sardinian Coast.

The extension of municipality is almost 10,200 hectare and is subdivided in two parts, with almost the same extension. One part includes the city, the industrial area and the Roman ruins; the latter is formed by the Asinara island with the smaller Isola Piana. This part of territory is, since 1997, a national park.

The morphology of "city part" is flat; the area of Porto Torres and the rest part of north-west Sardinia is characterized by a Nurra flat, there are some hill formations in the middle of the flat. Part of this hill formation is in Porto Torres' territory and the highest elevation of it is Monte Alvaro with a height of 342 m.

The communal territory is crossed by two rivers, Rio Mannu and Fiume Santo. The first draws the edge of Porto Torres territory on west, while instead the latter flows near the city and was used as a fluvial way as early as the Roman age.

Demographics

The town was considered more or less like a hamlet until 1960s. In that period, thanks to the industrialization, the population has increased rapidly until the 1980s, when the local petrochemical industry managed by the "SIR – Società Italiana Resine" owned by Angelo Rovelli has entered in a deep financial crisis. [10]

Historical population
YearPop.±%
18612,025    
18712,248+11.0%
18813,228+43.6%
19014,225+30.9%
19115,154+22.0%
19215,792+12.4%
19317,116+22.9%
19417,311+2.7%
19519,118+24.7%
196111,199+22.8%
197116,230+44.9%
198121,990+35.5%
199121,264−3.3%
200121,064−0.9%
201122,391+6.3%
Source: ISTAT

Foreign residents

In 2019 in Porto Torres there are 599 foreign residents. Main nationalities are: [11]

Economy

Tourism

Starting in 2008, tourism has become a very important activity for the economy of the city. The town have several attractions, both natural and anthropic. The main attraction is the Asinara National Park. The Aragonese seaport tower is considered the symbol of the city and because of this it is one of the main tourist attractions. Other main attractions are the Roman bridge of Riu Mannu and the Basilica of Saint Gavinus. Due to the decline of the industrial sector, the tourist sector has started to become the leading sector of the local economy (despite the local industrial zone, that importance for the city remains high).

Industry

Chemical industries support the modern economy of Porto Torres. Fiume Santo, a 1,040 MW power station owned by E.ON, is 5 to 10 kilometres (3 to 6 mi) west from the city, in the municipality of Sassari. [12]

Plans related to industrial conversion are in progress in Porto Torres, where seven research centers are developing the transformation from traditional fossil fuel related industry to an integrated production chain from vegetable oil using oleaginous seeds to bioplastics. [13]

Minor activities

Fishing and farming activities are also practiced around the land.

Governance

In chargeNamePolitical allianceRoleNotes
20 July 1988
24 June 1990
Rodolfo Cermelli Christian Democracy Mayor [14]
27 July 1990
28 June 1993
Giacomo Rum Italian Socialist Party Mayor [14]
28 June 1993
12 May 1997
Alfredo Dessì PRC, Democratic Party of the Left, PSd'Az Mayor [14]
12 May 1997
28 May 2001
Eugenio Cossu PRC, Democratic Party of the Left, FdV Mayor [14]
28 May 2001
1 February 2005
Gilda Usai Cermelli FI, AN, civic list, CCD, CDU Mayor [14]
23 May 2005
15 June 2010
Luciano Mura Democrats of the Left, PSd'Az, DL, Italian Democratic Socialists, PCI, PRC Mayor [14]
15 June 2010
10 February 2015
Beniamino Luigi Scarpa Many civic lists, IDV Mayor [14]
18 June 2015
9 November 2020
Sean Christian Wheeler Five Star Movement Mayor [14]
9 November 2020
in charge
Massimo Mulas Progetto Turritano, PD, Italy in Common Mayor [14]

Sister cities

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Culture

Festivals

At the end of August it took place the festival called "Suoni & Sapori", a festival that put together the tasting of local food and the listening of music composed by local artists. [16] "La giornata dello sport" is an annual local festival that promote the sport activity for both children and adults. [17] The "Festival Internazionale di Musiche Polifoniche Voci d’Europa" organized by the local polyphonic choir is an annual music festival of the town. [18] The "Fisherman's regatta" is a competition where the fishermen try to fishing using only traditional early 20th-century equipment like rowing boats without any use of modern tools like the GPS tracker. [19]

Main sights

Churches

Basilica of St. Gavinus, St. Proto and St. Gianuario (1080)
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Basilica of St. Gabinus, St. Proto and St. Gianuario
Built using only hardstones like marble, porphyry and granite, is the largest Romanesque church in Sardinia built between 1065 and 1080 above the hill of "Monte Angellu" in one of the historical neighborhood of the town. The basilica was erected in the memory of St. Gavinus, St. Protus and St. Gianuario, beheaded during the 303 a.C under the governance of the emperor Diocletian and Maximian. Instead of the usual western facade and eastern apse, the cathedral sports two apses. The crypt holds several Roman sarcophagi.It was the main cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Sassari until 1441.
Church of Beata Vergine della Consolata (1826) [20]
Neoclassic church built by the architect Giuseppe Cominotti (the same person who also built the Marquess's palace) in 1826. It was the main church of the historical seaport neighborhood, distinguished from the rural neighborhood of "Monte Angellu" situated near the Basilica of St.Gavinus.
Church of San Gavino a Mare (1850) [21]
Also known as "Balai vicino" to distinguish it from the very similar church of Santu Bainzu Ischabizzaddu, it is built near the beach of Balai. In that place St. Gavinus, St. Proto and St. Gianuario has been buried after the execution, inside the building there are the three loculi of the saints.
Church of Santu Bainzu Ischabizzaddu [22]
Also known as "Balai lontano" to distinguish it from the very similar church of San Gavino a Mare, it is built in the place where the three saints has been beheaded. Built with limestone, it seems to be a rebuild of a more ancient building. The name, literally "Church of the beheaded St. Gavinus " is because of, following the folk custom, in that place on 25 October 303 d.C., St. Gavinus was executed and, two days later, Proto and Gianuario did the same epilogue.
Monumental cemetery of Cala D’Oliva [23]
An ancient cemetery in the island of Asinara. The historical cemetery of Cala d'Oliva host the ancestors of the inhabitants of Stintino; the town founded in 1885 by the residents of Cala d'Oliva after the institution of the exile colony in the island of Asinara, which forced them to abandon their homes of their historical settlement.
Austro-hungarian chapel of St Ephysius and St Gavinus (1915) [24] [25]
Built by the austro-hungarians POW imprisoned in the exile colony of the Asinara in the period between 1915 and 1916. Artistically it was decorated by the hungarian prisoner György Nemess.
Italian cemetery of Campo Faro (1916) [26]
During the WWI the island of Asinara was also a lazaretto for the italian soldiers affected by cholera during the campaign in Albania. In that period took place the history of the bolognese soldiers of the "Brigata Savona" died before they can reach the island during their transport in the hospital ship "Re d'Italia". To distinguish the italian soldiers corpses from the austro-hungarian it was built a cemetery in the area of "Campo faro" and it was called "Italian cemetery".
Austro-hungarian Ossuary (1936) [26]
An ossuary built in 1936 by the will of the Austrian government to keep the corpses of all the 7048 austro-hungarian unidentified soldiers died during the detention in the penal colony during the WWI because of typhoid fever and cholera.

Civil architectures

In the Porto Torres's comprehensive planning there are many civil buildings both of private propriety and owned by the comune that are considered historically significant. [4] These buildings witness the urban and the economic development of the city through the centuries until the 1960s; period of the local golden age of the industrial development thanks to the Italian economic miracle. Many of these architectures, especially the industrial ones, are not fully restored and visitable.

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Hospital of Cala Reale viewed by the street
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Marquess's palace

Military architectures

Air-raid shelter "ex caserma dei carabinieri" (1943) [34]
During the early WWII all the air-raid shelters in the town was barely used until may 1943, when the city was heavily bombed by the RAF. That air raid bombing, the worst that the city has suffered in the whole war period, was commonly remembered as "Palm Sunday bombing". For a long period of time this air raid shelter was left abandoned and in a heavy state of decay (same thing was for the air raid shelter "scuole de Amicis"), only recently has been restored and opened to the public.
Air-raid shelter "scuole De Amicis" [34]
Situated under the 1900s junior school E. de Amicis: like many others air-raid shelters of the town, it was used during the world war II in order to protect the civilians from the several air-raids of the time. In the present days it is used as an exposition gallery.
Artillery outpost of the roman bridge n° SR414 (1873) [35]
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Casemate situated in the beach of the Marinella between the town and the industrial zone
An outpost used until the second world war composed with several military installations
Castle of the Asinara [36]
Also known as the "Castellaccio" it is an ancient medieval castle in the island of the Asinara. In the present days it is used as a fire protection outpost by the Asinara national park administration.
Spanish towers (1323–1720)
  • Aragonese tower (1325) [37]
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    Tower of Cala d'Oliva
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    Tower of Abbacurrente
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    View from one of the penitentiary's cell
  • Tower of Abbacurrente (1571)
  • Tower of the Finance (1525)
  • Tower of Trabuccato (1609)
  • Tower of Cala d'Oliva (1611)
  • Tower of Cala d'Arena (1611)
Asinara penitentiary complex (1885) [38]
Known as the "Italian Alcatraz", it is became famous in Italy after a revolt happened during 2 October 1973. In the penitentiary of the Asinara has been detained the most dangerous criminals of the Sicilian Mafia, the Camorra, the Anonima sarda ant the Red Brigades. In more than one hundred years of activity the only prisoner who successfully escaped from the island penitentiary was the italian criminal Matteo Boe. During the WWI and the WWII it was used as an exile colony for thousands of POW and political prisoners. The penitentiary complex is composed by several sections located all around the island:
  • Penitentiary section "Bunker of Cala d'Oliva"
  • Penitentiary section of Cala d'Oliva
  • Penitentiary section of Fornelli
  • Penitentiary section of Santa Maria
  • Penitentiary section of Tumbarino
  • Penitentiary section of Campu Perdu
  • Penitentiary section of Campo Faro
  • Penitentiary section of Stretti
  • Penitentiary section of Trabuccato
  • Penitentiary section of Case Bianche
  • Penitentiary section of Elighe Mannu

Archaeological sites

Nuraghes
  • Nuraghe Biunisi
  • Nuraghe Monte Elva
  • Nuraghe Margone
  • Nuraghe Nieddu
"Turris Libisonis" Archaeological park
  • Roman bridge of Rio Mannu [39]
  • Palace of the "Re Barbaro" and domus of Orpheus [40]
  • Baths of Maetzke
  • Baths of Pallottino (III secolo d.C)
  • Mosaics's Domus (I secolo d.C.)
Other sites
  • Necropolis of Su Crucifissu Mannu
  • Domus de Janas of Campu Perdu (Asinara)
  • Hypogeum et Columbarium of Tanca Borgona (II secolo d.C.)
  • Hypogeum of Scoglio Lungo

Other

Main plazas
  • Umberto I plaza, Main plaza of Porto Torres where there is located the Town Hall;
  • Plaza of the "Martiri Turritani".

Natural areas

Protected areas
Beaches
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Cala Sabina, Isola Asinara
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Beach of Balai
  • Beach of Fiume Santo
  • Beach of Renaredda
  • Beach of the Scogliolungo
  • Beach of Acque Dolci
  • Beach of Balai
  • Beach of the Scoglio Ricco
  • Il Ponte
  • Beach of Abbacurrente
  • Beach of Farrizza
Main parks

Sports

Football

Main football clubs:

Tennis

Main association:

Basket

Main associations:

Martial arts and combat sports

There are many boxing clubs and martial arts schools. Sports like Karate shotokan, MMA, Boxing, Jujitsu, Krav-Maga and Self-defense are very appreciated and practiced by some part of the citizens.

Athletics

Main association:

Equestrianism

Right below the ancient Roman bridge Porto Torres has a riding hall where the local A.S.D. Centro Ippico Equitazione Porto Torres practice horse riding [43] .

Sport facilities

Sports area "Cittadella dello sport" [44]
A 67.000 m² area which offer many sports.
Main area ("Campo sportivo comunale" or "Stadio comunale")
It is a multi-purpose stadium mainly composed with:
Other areas
  • Boxing club "Alberto Mura"
  • Tennis club
  • 1 football pitch of 105 x 603 meters
  • 1 football pitch of 100 x 60 meters
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Bicycle path between Parco Chico Mendes and Parco Balai vicino.
Palasport "Alberto Mura" [44]
A sport facility with a capacity of 1.600 people mainly used as an indoor basketball court.
Skate park
A 1.800 m² skateboard park with a bank ramp of 20°, a square-rail, a pyramid ledges and a quarter pipe.
Football pitch "Angelo Occone" [45]
Football pitch of 100 x 60 meters situated not so far from the town hall.
Other
Artificial pine forest [46]
Called "Pineta la Farrizza", "Pineta Abbacurrente" or "Pineta Balai lontano", it is composed mainly of stone pines.
Bicycle Path [47]
Starting from "Piazza eroi dell'onda" and finishing in the plaza of "Balai lontano", it offers a panoramic view of the sea.

Transport

Main roads

RoadConnectionTypeNotes
Strada Statale 131 "Carlo Felice"Porto Torres – Cagliari Italian traffic signs - strada extraurbana principale.svg Italian traffic signs - strada europea 25.svg Strada Statale 131 Italia.svg [48]
Strada provinciale 93Porto Torres – La Corte (SS) Strada Provinciale 93 Italia.svg [48]
Strada Provinciale 81Porto Torres – Platamona Strada Provinciale 81 Italia.svg [48]
Strada Provinciale 57Porto Torres – Palmadula (SS) Strada Provinciale 57 Italia.svg [48]
Strada Provinciale 42 "Dei due mari"Porto Torres – Alghero Strada Provinciale 42 Italia.svg [48]
Strada Provinciale 34Porto Torres – Stintino Strada Provinciale 34 Italia.svg [48]
Strada Provinciale 25Porto Torres – Sorso Strada Provinciale 25 Italia.svg [48]

Train stations

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Porto Torres marittima.

A railway operated by Trenitalia connects the town with Sassari and the rest of the island. The town has two train stations, one built at the end of the 20th century (considered as the main station) and one smaller and more historical built during the 19th century (referred as "Porto Torres marittima").

Seaport

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Port of Porto Torres.

The existing port of Porto Torres, which is almost wholly artificial, is based in great part on Roman foundations. In the north-west of Sardinia, the harbor of Porto Torres is the biggest. [49] The city has connections with the rest of the Italy, of Spain and France. Not so far from the harbor there is the Maritime Terminal (Stazione marittima). In the same area there is built the new passenger terminal (Terminal passeggeri; the building is still under construction). From the seaport there is also available a connection for the island of Asinara.

Destinations:
CompanyRouteFrequencyNotes
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Tirrenia

Grandi Navi Veloci
Genova Daily (winter) / Double-daily (summer) [with Tirrenia]

Three times at week [with G.N.V.]
[50]
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Corsica Ferries - Sardinia Ferries Ajaccio
Porto Vecchio
Livorno
Toulon
Weekly [50]
Flag of Italy.svg Logogl.png Grimaldi Lines Civitavecchia Five times at week [50]
Barcelona Five times at week [50]
Flag of France.svg La meridionale logo.svg La Méridionale Marsiglia weekly [50]
Propriano weekly [50]
Flag of Italy.svg Delcomar logo.svg Delcomar Asinara Daily (Summer and Spring)
Three times at week (Winter and Autumn)
[51]

Public transport

Porto Torres belong to the metropolitan network of north Sardinia (lit. "Rete metropolitana del nord Sardegna"). Due to this, the city is well-connected with all nearly towns via intercity autobus thanks to the ARST. Local rides are managed by the local public transport agency (A.t.p. Sassari).

Education

School

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High school "M.Paglietti"

The town has many state high-schools and several state primary schools in its territory. [52] [53]

In the urban territory there is also a music school named in memory of the Italian songwriter Fabrizio de Andrè. [54]

Due to the proximity to the city of Sassari and thanks to the intercity lines managed by ARST [55] for the citizens is very easy to reach the near University of Sassari.

Libraries

Public library "Antonio Pigliaru" is the only library of the town.

Media

Local newspapers

Radio stations

Cinematography

People

Footers

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Castelsardo Comune in Sardinia, Italy

Castelsardo is a town and comune in Sardinia, Italy, located in the northwest of the island within the Province of Sassari, at the east end of the Gulf of Asinara.

Stintino Comune in Sardinia, Italy

Stintino is a coastal comune (municipality) in the Province of Sassari in the Italian region Sardinia, located about 200 kilometres (120 mi) north of Cagliari and about 35 kilometres (22 mi) northwest of Sassari.

Pabillonis Comune in Sardinia, Italy

Pabillonis, Pabillonis in the Sardinian language, is a comune (municipality) in the Province of South Sardinia in the Italian region Sardinia, about 50 kilometres (31 mi) northwest of Cagliari and about 15 kilometres (9 mi) west of Sanluri.

Nurra

The Nurra is a geographical region in the northwest of Sardinia, Italy. It is the second largest plain of the island, located between the towns of Sassari, Porto Torres and Alghero. It covers a surface of 700 km² and is bounded by the Sardinian Sea on the west and by the Gulf of Asinara on the north.

Nuragic civilization Archaeological culture in Sardinia

The Nuragic civilization, also known as the Nuragic culture, was a civilization or culture on Sardinia (Italy), the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, which lasted from the 18th century BCE up to the Roman colonization in 238 BCE. Others date the culture as lasting at least until the 2nd century AD or possibly even to the 6th century AD.

Gulf of Asinara

The Gulf of Asinara is a sea sector included between the Asinara Island, Cape Falcone and the town of Castelsardo, in northern Sardinia, Italy. The communes facing its coast include also Stintino, Porto Torres, Sassari, Sorso, Valledoria and Badesi.

Basilica of San Gavino

The Basilica di San Gavino is a proto-Romanesque church in Porto Torres, Sardinia, Italy. A former cathedral, it is now a place for the veneration of local martyrs and a parish church.

A.C. Porto Torres Italian association football club

Associazione Calcio Porto Torres is an Italian association football club located in Porto Torres, Sardinia. The club currently plays regional football in the second division of Sardinia's Promozione, the 6th tier of Italian football. His home ground is the town's municipal stadium located in the "Cittadella dello sport" area. The A.C. Porto Torres is the main football club of the town.

Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and an autonomous region of Italy. Tourism in Sardinia is one of the fastest growing sectors of the regional economy. The island attracts more than a million tourists from both Italy, from the rest of Europe, and, to a lesser degree, from the rest of the world. According to statistics, tourist arrivals in 2016 were 2.9 million people.

Nuraghe Mannu

Nuraghe Mannu is a nuragic archaeological site located about 180 metres (590 ft) above sea level overlooking the village of Cala Gonone. It is located on the east coast of Sardinia, in the middle of the gulf of Orosei, province of Nuoro and the municipality of Dorgali. The Nuraghe is partially visible from below and from the coast, from the top it gives a clear view over the surrounding area.

Duke of Vallombrosa was a title created for the House of Manca. The present holder is disputed.

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