Province of Sassari

Sardinia, Italy

Province of Sassari
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About Province of Sassari

The Province of Sassari (Italian: Province of Sassari, Sardinian: Provìntzia de Tàtari, Sassarese: Prubìnzia di Sàssari, Catalan: Província de Sàsser) is a province in the autonomous region of the island of Sardinia in Italy. Its capital is the city of Sassari. As of 2017 , the province had a population of 493,357 inhabitants.


In antiquity, between 1600 and 1500 BC, the Nuragic civilization was at its peak in this area. During the Roman domination, the Logudoro region was one of the main grain suppliers of the Western Roman Empire and was the seat of several legions. In the Middle Ages, the Logudoro region was the center of one of the four almost kingdoms into which Sardinia was divided, the Giudicato of Torres or Logoduro, the first capital being Ardara, later replaced by Sassari. The numerous Romanesque country basilicas date back to this period. After the conquest by the House of Aragon, Logoduro declined, but later, under the dominion of the House of Savoy as part of the Kingdom of Sardinia, grew in meaning. In the twentieth century the construction of roads and railways brought more well-being, but at the same time destroyed the great forest heritage of the region.

The Province of Sassari was founded in 1859, even before the unification of Italy in 1861, with an area that until 1927 included the entire head of the island, making it at the time the largest province in the country. The modern University of Sassari dates back approximately to the same period in which the province was created. Since 1878 the province has been administered by the Sassari Province Palace.


Overlooking the Sardinian sea to the north and west and the Tyrrhenian sea to the east, the province of Sassari is bounded to the south by the provinces of Nuoro and Oristano. It has an area of 7,692 square kilometers (2,970 square miles) and a total population of 493,357 (2017). There are 92 municipalities in the province, the largest of which are Sassari, Olbia, Alghero, Porto Torres, Tempio Pausania, Sorso, Ozieri, Ittiri and Sennori. Another well-known city, Pattada, is particularly known for its handmade knives.

In the province it is the only natural lake in Sardinia, Lake Baratz, and one of the largest artificial lakes, Lake Coghinas in the western part which (before the reorganization of the Sardinian provinces) constituted the border with the abolished province of Olbia -Temple. In this territory it is one of the largest plains in Sardinia, the Nurra. The province contains some of the most famous places in Sardinia including Castelsardo, Porto Torres, Alghero, the Riviera del Corallo, Stintino and others. Stintino is located on the peninsula of the same name, which goes from the plain of the Nurra to the Asinara Island, part of the Asinara National Park. Among the remarkable beaches of the Province of Sassari there are Balai in Porto Torres, the Pelosa Beach in Stintino and others such as Alghero the Lido, Maria Pia, Bombarde and Mugoni. The internal part of the province in the traditional Logoduro region is characterized by a hilly and mountainous landscape, with soft volcanic soils. The city of Ozieri is its most important center for culture and history far from the coast, known for its production of tools and ceramics from ancient times.

administrative divisions

The province includes 92 municipalities. The largest by population are Sassari (127,217 inhabitants), Olbia (60,181) and Alghero (43,945).


List of presidents of the Province of Sassari

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