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Comune di Fonni
Fonni and the Monte Spada in the background
Fonni and the Monte Spada in the background
Coat of arms of Fonni
Coat of arms
Fonni is located in Sardinia
Location of Fonni in Sardinia
Coordinates: 40°07′N 09°15′E / 40.117°N 9.250°E / 40.117; 9.250Coordinates: 40°07′N 09°15′E / 40.117°N 9.250°E / 40.117; 9.250
ProvinceNuoro (NU)
 • MayorDaniela Falconi
 • Total112.30 km2 (43.36 sq mi)
Elevation1,000 m (3,000 ft)
Population (31 August 2017)
 • Total3,912
 • Density35/km2 (90/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code08023
Dialing code0784
Patron saintSt. John the Baptist
Saint dayJune 24
WebsiteOfficial website

Fonni (Sardinian: Fonne) is a town and comune in Sardinia, in the province of Nuoro (Italy).

It is the highest town in Sardinia, and situated among fine scenery with some chestnut woods.[1] Fonni is a winter sports centre with a ski lift to Monte Spada and Bruncu Spina.


The term "Fonni/-e" probably derives from the Latin fons, meaning "fountain" or "god of the sources". In fact the village contains numerous spring water fountains.

San Giovanni Battista.


The local costumes are extremely picturesque, and are well seen on the day of St John the Baptist, the patron saint. The men's costume is similar to that worn in the district generally; the linen trousers are long and black gaiters are worn. The women wear a white chemise; over that a very small corselet, and over that a red jacket with blue and black velvet facings. The skirt is brown above and red below, with a blue band between the two colours; it is accordion-pleated. Two identical skirts are often worn, one above the other. The unmarried girls wear white kerchiefs, the married women black.[1]


Neighborhoods in Fonni are called "Rioni" of these the oldest is called su piggiu or the peak, probably derived by the fact this is the highest and first layer of the village. Others include puppuai and cresiedda to the south, and logotza to the east.

A traditional granite stone house in Fonni


  1. ^ a b  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainAshby, Thomas (1911). "Fonni". In Chisholm, Hugh. Encyclopædia Britannica. 10 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 604.