Ollolai is a comune at the centre of Barbagia, in the province of Nuoro (Sardinia, Italy). Its territory covers an area of 2,734 hectares (6,760 acres).

Comune di Ollolai
Coat of arms of Ollolai
Location of Ollolai
Ollolai is located in Italy
Location of Ollolai in Sardinia
Ollolai is located in Sardinia
Ollolai (Sardinia)
Coordinates: 40°10′N 9°11′E / 40.167°N 9.183°E / 40.167; 9.183
ProvinceNuoro (NU)
 • MayorEfisio Arbau
 • Total27.34 km2 (10.56 sq mi)
970 m (3,180 ft)
 (31 July 2016)[3]
 • Total1,289
 • Density47/km2 (120/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Ollolaesi (Ollolaèsos in Sardinian)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code0784
Patron saintSt. Michael Archangel
Saint day29 September
WebsiteOfficial website

It is the main town of the Barbagia di Ollolai.

Places of interestEdit


The main square of the village was created in the early 20th century by diverting the stream that crossed it. Inside it lies a church dedicated to St. Michael the Archangel, which contains paintings by Carmelo Floris in the apse as well as a crucifix painted by Franco Bussu, an inhabitant of Ollolai. The oldest part of the church is a chapel dedicated to St. Bartholomew.

Woman in a traditional Ollolai dress

Near the town centre, there is another church dedicated to Anthony of Padua, where the Feast of Saint Anthony is traditionally held along with a lighting of a bonfire.

A few kilometres (miles) from the village towards the valley, there lies a church dedicated to Saint Peter, rebuilt in the 1970s after the demolition of a Romanesque church.

In a valley surrounded by granite peaks lies a church dedicated to Basil of Caesarea, built by the Basilian monks and used, after the expulsion of the Basilians, by the Franciscans. The adjoining convent was built later.

Water featuresEdit

The town is abundant in water features. The most famous is Gupunnio, the source of which is in the centre of the village, and was recently renamed Regina Fontium. There is also the fountain of Su Sapunadorju, and a few hundred metres (feet) from the town, Su Puthu, which was once used as a watering hole.



  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  3. ^ All demographics and other statistics from the Italian statistical institute (Istat)
  4. ^ "Arnold Schwarzenegger cittadino onorario di Ollolai - Regione - la Nuova Sardegna". 30 July 2015.