Villasimius

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Villasimius
Crabonaxa
Comune
Comune di Villasimius
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Coat of arms of Villasimius
Coat of arms
Villasimius is located in Sardinia
Villasimius
Villasimius
Location of Villasimius in Sardinia
Coordinates: 39°08′N 09°31′E / 39.133°N 9.517°E / 39.133; 9.517
Country Italy
Region Sardinia
Province / Metropolitan city South Sardinia
Government
 • Mayor Gianluca Dessì
Area
 • Total 58.2 km2 (22.5 sq mi)
Elevation 41 m (135 ft)
Population (September 30, 2014)[1]
 • Total 3,625
 • Density 62/km2 (160/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Villasimiesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 09049
Dialing code 070
Patron saint Saint Raphael
Saint day October 24
Website Official website

Villasimius ([villasˈsimjus]), Crabonaxa in Sardinian language, is a comune (municipality) in the Province of South Sardinia in the Italian region Sardinia, located about 35 kilometres (22 mi) east of Cagliari.

History[edit]

Due to its strategically important site, Villasimius' territory was inhabited since prehistoric times, as testified by nuraghe (19th-6th centuries BC), Phoenician-Carthaginian (7th-2nd centuries BC) and Roman (3rd century BC-6th century AD) remains.

During the giudicati (Sardinian kingdoms), Aragonese and Spanish reigns, the territory suffered numerous pirate raids, and became increasingly depopulated. The village name was, at least from the 13th century, Carbonara; this was repopulated from the early 19th century, when it was under the Kingdom of Sardinia-Piedmont, becoming a comune in 1838. Villasimius' economy was traditionally based on agriculture and shepherding and, from 1875, to the extraction of granite. Its tourism industry began in the late 1960s, and is now Villasimius' main economic activity.

In 1998 the Capo Carbonara National Marine Park was created. It encompasses all the waters surrounding the headlands in the eastern Gulf of Cagliari, from Villasimius' western border with Solanas, to its northern border with Castiadas.

Main sights[edit]

Beaches[edit]

Villasimius beach

Most important beaches [1] of the area are Cala Burroni, Cala Caterina, Campus, Piscadeddus, Porto Giunco, Porto Sa Ruxi, Punta Molentis, Simius, Spiaggia del Riso, Timi Ama.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Istat official population estimates". Retrieved February 2015.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)

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