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Comune di Tortolì
view of Tortolì-Arbatax
view of Tortolì-Arbatax
Coat of arms of Tortolì
Coat of arms
Location of Tortolì
Tortolì is located in Italy
Location of Tortolì in Sardinia
Tortolì is located in Sardinia
Tortolì (Sardinia)
Coordinates: 39°56′N 09°39′E / 39.933°N 9.650°E / 39.933; 9.650Coordinates: 39°56′N 09°39′E / 39.933°N 9.650°E / 39.933; 9.650
ProvinceNuoro (NU)
 • Total39.97 km2 (15.43 sq mi)
13 m (43 ft)
 • Total11,081
 • Density280/km2 (720/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code0782
Patron saintSt. Andrew
Saint dayNovember 30
WebsiteOfficial website

Tortolì About this soundlisten  (Sardinian: Tortolì o Tortuelie, Latin: Portus Ilii) is a town and comune in Sardinia, in the Province of Nuoro.


Tortolì is situated on the eastern coast of Sardinia. Its port and greatest hamlet is Arbatax, which has also an airport that once connected it to continental Italy and the European continent. Following an EU funded expansion of the small terminal buildings, runway and facilities, no flights were scheduled during 2012. To the north of it is Girasole and Lotzorai, to the west Villagrande Strisaili and Ilbono, and to the south Barisardo. To the east of the town is the Mediterranean Sea.


Ancient history[edit]

The area of Tortolì was inhabited since the Neolithic and then frequented by the Phoenicians, Romans, Vandals, and the Byzantines. It was part of the giudicato of Cagliari between the 10th and 13th centuries.

During the Spanish period the town was the head of the County of Quirra.

Modern history[edit]

In 1807 Tortolì became head of a province consisting of 27 villages, but in 1921 lost the capital status in favour of Lanusei. In 1859 it was incorporated into the Province of Cagliari. In 1926 it was incorporated into the province of Nuoro.

In 1943 the port of Arbatax was bombed, killing 13 people.

External links[edit]

Media related to Category:Tortolì at Wikimedia Commons

  1. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.