|Comune di Portoscuso|
Touristic port of Portoscuso
|Frazioni||Paringianu, Brunc' 'e Teula, Portovesme|
|• Mayor||Giorgio Alimonda|
|• Total||39.1 km2 (15.1 sq mi)|
|Elevation||6 m (20 ft)|
|Population (30 April 2014)|
|• Density||130/km2 (350/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
|Patron saint||San Giovanni Battista (John the Baptist), Santa Maria d'Itria|
Portoscuso (Portescusi in Sardinian language) is a comune (municipality) in the Province of South Sardinia in the Italian region Sardinia, located about 75 kilometres (47 mi) west of Cagliari and about 14 kilometres (9 mi) northwest of Carbonia. The languages used here are Italian and Sardinian Campidanese.
Although human presence in this territory dates back to prehistoric times, the town originated in the 17th century from a hamlet inhabited by tuna and coral fishermen. Its name came from the Catalan Port Escos (hidden port). It became a comune in 1853.
Notable sights include the Spanish Tower (16th century), the church of Madonna d'Itria (17th century) and the Arsenal, known as Su Pranu (17th century).
The town is extremely proud of its famous tuna fishery, and is restoring the original buildings.
At Portoscuso, there is Sulcis Power Station, the largest power station of Sardinia, whose chimney is the tallest man-made structure on Sardinia.
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