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Comune di Portoscuso
Touristic port of Portoscuso
Touristic port of Portoscuso
Coat of arms of Portoscuso
Coat of arms
Portoscuso is located in Sardinia
Location of Portoscuso in Sardinia
Coordinates: 39°13′N 8°23′E / 39.217°N 8.383°E / 39.217; 8.383
Country Italy
Region Sardinia
Province South Sardinia
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)[1]
 • Total 5,242
 • Density 130/km2 (350/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Portoscusesi
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code 09010
Dialing code 0781
Patron saint San Giovanni Battista (John the Baptist), Santa Maria d'Itria
Website Official website

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.

Portoscuso borders the following municipalities: Carbonia, Gonnesa, and San Giovanni Suergiu.

Torre Spagnola (Spanish Tower)


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)[2]. 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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  1. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
  2. ^ SIUSA, Comune di Portoscuso

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