Dolianova (Sardinian: Patiolla) is an Italian town and comune in the province of South Sardinia, Sardinia. The town was born on 25 June 1905 from the fusion of two centers: Sicci San Biagio and San Pantaleo. Its economy is based on agriculture (wine and olive oil). The name "Dolianova" has obscure origins. It is thought to be related to the Latin "Pars Olea" (Place of Oil).

Comune di Dolianova
Church of San Pantaleo
Church of San Pantaleo
Coat of arms of Dolianova
Location of Dolianova
Dolianova is located in Italy
Location of Dolianova in Sardinia
Dolianova is located in Sardinia
Dolianova (Sardinia)
Coordinates: 39°23′N 09°11′E / 39.383°N 9.183°E / 39.383; 9.183Coordinates: 39°23′N 09°11′E / 39.383°N 9.183°E / 39.383; 9.183
ProvinceSouth Sardinia
 • MayorIvan Piras
 • Total84.60 km2 (32.66 sq mi)
212 m (696 ft)
 (December 31, 2004)[1]
 • Total8,223
 • Density97/km2 (250/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code070
Patron saintSan Pantaleo and San Biagio
WebsiteOfficial website


The first documents about Dolia date to 1089, when the bishop Virgilio signed the act of foundation of the monasteries of Saints Giorgio and Genesio, created by the will of Arzone, judge of Cagliari.

In 1503 the diocese of Dolia was united with the diocese of Cagliari.

At the end of the era of Giudicati, San Pantaleo and Sicci followed different roads: the first one became a fief of Suelli's bishop. Then, the archbishops of Cagliari, become barons, made San Pantaleo the most important centre of the zone, which exercised its power on the villages of Donori, Serdiana, Sicci, Soleminis, and Ussana.

The small village of Sicci San Biagio, during the Aragonese domination, was transformed into a baronage and assigned to Raimondo De Amburra. Sicci thenceforth became a fief of the dukes of Mandas y Tellez Giròn de Alcantara, who maintained it until the end of feudalism. In 1846 San Pantaleo had 1360 inhabitants, Sicci 727.

The two ancient villages of San Pantaleo and Sicci San Biagio, once separated by the great gardens of the villa of Marchioness Boyl of Putifigari (which is now the museum of oil “Sa Mola de su Notariu”), are the two quarters of the modern Dolianova.

Ecclesiastical historyEdit

Titular see of Dolia

DenominationRoman Catholic
RiteLatin Rite
Established13 March 1969
Current leadership
Titular bishopFriedrich Ostermann

Under the name Dolia, Dolianova was the seat of a diocese.[2] It was set up around the year 1100; the date 1112 is given, but Benedetto of Dolia was bishop from around 1095,[3] and 1112 is the year of his death. The earlier date 1089, for bishop Virgilio, is attested.[4]

The diocese was suppressed in 1503, its territory going to the diocese of Cagliari.[5][6]

It was revived as a Catholic titular see in 1969. The current titular bishop is Friedrich Ostermann.

Main sightsEdit

  • The Cathedral of San Pantaleo, a Romanesque-Pisane-style church of the 12th century. The works for its construction began in 1160 and finished in 1289. Since the 14th century it has been bishop's seat.
  • Roman Baths, in Sa Cora.
  • Nuraghe sa dom'e S'Orcu (in Punta Bruncu Salamu)
  • The Giant's tombs in Su Tiriaxiu
  • The nuragic structures in Sant'Uanni, which fortresses are covered by trees
  • The archaeological sites of Mitza salamu e Sa dom’ ‘e s’ossu.


The most important events in Dolianova are dedicated to the two saints, which name is related to the ancient villages of San Pantaleo and Sicci San Biagio: the first one is characterized by a procession through the streets with the statue of the saint and a big candle (Su Xeru) transported to Saint Mary's church in Siurgus Donigala as a memory of a vow against the plague.


  1. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ Catholic Hierarchy page[self-published source]
  3. ^, in Italian.
  4. ^ Archived 2008-06-11 at the Wayback Machine, in Italian.
  5. ^ Chronology of Catholic Dioceses: Italy
  6. ^ Serra Giovanni (2002), La diocesi di Dolia. Dal 1503 unita a Cagliari