Province of Nuoro, Sardinia, Italy

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About Ollolai

Ollolai is a town in the center of Barbagia, in the province of Nuoro (Sardinia, Italy). Its territory covers an area of 2,734 hectares.

It is the main city of the Barbagia of Ollolai.

Places of interest


The main square of the village was created at the beginning of the twentieth century by diverting the stream that crossed it. Inside there is a church dedicated to San Michele Arcangelo, which contains paintings by Carmelo Floris in the apse and a crucifix painted by Franco Bussu, an inhabitant of Ollolai. The oldest part of the church is a chapel dedicated to San Bartolomeo.

Near the city center, there is another church dedicated to Antonio di Padova, where traditionally the feast of Sant'Antonio is celebrated with the lighting of a bonfire.

A few kilometers from the village towards the valley, there is a church dedicated to San Pietro, rebuilt in the 70s after the demolition of a Romanesque church.

In a valley surrounded by granite peaks there is a church dedicated to Basil of Caesarea, built by the Basilian monks and used, after the expulsion of the Basilians, by the Franciscans. The adjacent convent was built later.

Water characteristics

The city is full of water games. The most famous is Gupunnio, whose source is located in the center of the village, and has recently been renamed Regina Fontium. There is also the Su Sapunadorju fountain, and a few hundred meters from the city, Su Puthu, which was once used as a well for watering.


Michele Columbu, leader of the Sardinian Action Party (Sardinian nationalist party)

Franco Columbu, twice Mr. Olympia

Arnold Schwarzenegger, honorary citizen of Ollolai

Source: Wikipedia
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