Perdasdefogu (Sardinian: [ˌpɛɾdazdeˈvoɣu], Italian: [perdazdeˈfɔːɡu]; lit.'Stones of/for Fire'; locally also Foghesu [foˈɣezu]) is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Nuoro in the Italian region Sardinia, located about 60 kilometres (37 mi) northeast of Cagliari and about 35 kilometres (22 mi) southwest of Tortolì.

Foghesu  (Sardinian)
Comune di Perdasdefogu
The main street and the church of Perdasdefogu
The main street and the church of Perdasdefogu
Coat of arms of Perdasdefogu
Location of Perdasdefogu
Perdasdefogu is located in Italy
Location of Perdasdefogu in Sardinia
Perdasdefogu is located in Sardinia
Perdasdefogu (Sardinia)
Coordinates: 39°41′N 9°26′E / 39.683°N 9.433°E / 39.683; 9.433Coordinates: 39°41′N 9°26′E / 39.683°N 9.433°E / 39.683; 9.433
ProvinceNuoro (NU)
 • MayorMariano Carta
 • Total77.75 km2 (30.02 sq mi)
600 m (2,000 ft)
 (28 February 2017[1])[2]
 • Total1,919
 • Density25/km2 (64/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Foghesi, Foghesini
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code0782
WebsiteOfficial website

Perdasdefogu borders the following municipalities: Escalaplano, Jerzu, Ulassai, Tertenia.

Close to Perdasdefogu is the Salto di Quirra rocket launch site.


The area was already inhabited in pre-nuragic and nuragic times as evidenced by the presence in the territory of some nuraghes, and various archaeological evidence.

In the Middle Ages it belonged to the Judicate of Cagliari and was part of the curatoria of Sarrabus. At the fall of the giudicato (1258) it passed under the Pisan dominion and subsequently (1323) under the Aragonese dominion. In 1363 the king of Aragon Pietro IV the Ceremonious incorporated the country in the county of Quirra, given in feud to Berengario Carroz. In 1603 the county was transformed in marquisate, as a feud first of the Centelles and then of the Osorio de la Cueva, to which it was redeemed in 1839 with the suppression of the feudal system.



The town, together with those of Arzana and Villagrande Strisaili in the Ogliastra area, boasts numerous cases of longevity among its inhabitants, with a high number of over-90s. Emblematic is the fact that the longest-lived family in the world comes from this town: the head of the family Consola Melis in 2014 reached 107 years followed by 8 brothers over 90 and over 80 for a total of 828 years;[3] also, her sister Claudia turned 101 in 2014.[4]


  1. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
  2. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  3. ^ Kington, Tom (2 September 2012). "World's oldest siblings in Sardinia: 'It's all down to minestrone,' says Consolata Melis, 105". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 June 2021.
  4. ^ Giuffrida, Angela (8 August 2021). "'If you talk, you live well': the remote Sardinian village with eight centenarians". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 August 2021.

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