Province of Oristano

The province of Oristano (Italian: provincia di Oristano, Sardinian: provìntzia de Aristanis) is a province in the autonomous island region of Sardinia in Italy. Its capital is the city of Oristano. It has an area of 3,040 square kilometres (1,170 sq mi), a total population of 160,746 (2016), and a population density of 53.7 people per square kilometer. There are 87 municipalities (comuni) in the province).[2]

Province of Oristano
A panorama of Oristanese Campidano.
A panorama of Oristanese Campidano.
Coat of arms of Province of Oristano
Map highlighting the location of the province of Oristano in Italy
Map highlighting the location of the province of Oristano in Italy
Country Italy
 • PresidentMassimo Torrente
 • Total2,990.45 km2 (1,154.62 sq mi)
 (31 July 2017)
 • Total159,474[1]
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
09020, 09070-09086, 09088-09099, 09170
Telephone prefix0758, 0783, 0785, 0885
Vehicle registrationOR

It is bordered with on the north by Province of Sassari, on east by the Province of Nuoro, on south by the Province of South Sardinia and it is bathed from the Sea of Sardinia to the west.


The province of Oristano is the smallest province in Sardinia and was formed from sections of the provinces of Cagliari and Nuoro. It occupies roughly the same area as the Giudicato of Arborea of the High Middle Ages.[3] It borders Nuoro, Cagliari and the Sea of Sardinia.[4] A large area of the province's coastline is part of the gulf of Oristano, and the land in the province is mainly flat and there is some marshland. The province contains Santa Giusta (commune) and Tharros (former city), which both date from the Carthaginian Republic's rule of the area.[4]

The town of Arborea was founded by Benito Mussolini's fascist regime as Mussolinia to be an experimental town, for which, farmers were moved from Emilia Romagna and Veneto. The River Tirso flows through the province of Oristano from the province of Nuoro,[4] and its mouth is located at the Gulf of Oristano. Temo is the only other river to flow through the province. The town of Bosa is located in the region alongside a river and its medieval fortifications remain.[3] The province of Oristano was formed in 1975[3] and had been largely unaffected/undamaged by tourism.[5]


The province has a total of 87 communes, the largest of which are:[4][6]

Commune Population
Oristano/Aristànis 31,671
Terralba/Terràba 10,201
Cabras/Cràbas 9,165
Bosa 8,026
Marrubiu/Marrùbiu 4,816
Santa Giusta/Santa Jùsta 4,875
Ghilarza/Ilàrtzi 4,615
Mogoro/Mòguru 4,128
Arborea 3,900
Samugheo 3,019


List of presidents of the province of OristanoEdit

  President Term start Term end Party
Peppino Chessa 1989 1990 Sardinian Action Party
Ezio Collu 1990 1994 Italian Socialist Party
Alfredo Stara 1994 1995 Italian Socialist Party
Gian Valerio Sanna 1995 1999 Democratic Party of the Left
Mario Diana 2000 2005 National Alliance
Pasquale Onida 2005 2010 Fortza Paris
Massimiliano De Seneen 2010 2015 The People of Freedom
Massimo Torrente 2015 Incumbent Special Commissioner


  1. ^ "Provincia Oristano". ISTAT. Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Oristano". Upinet. Archived from the original on 7 August 2007. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  3. ^ a b c Ros Belford; Martin Dunford; Celia Woolfrey (2003). Italy. Rough Guides. p. 1080. ISBN 978-1-84353-060-2.
  4. ^ a b c d Roy Palmer Domenico (2002). The Regions of Italy: A Reference Guide to History and Culture. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 262. ISBN 978-0-313-30733-1.
  5. ^ "Province of Oristano". Charming Sardinia. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  6. ^ "Oristano" (in Italian). Comuni-Italiani. Retrieved 1 August 2015.

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Coordinates: 39°54′N 8°35′E / 39.900°N 8.583°E / 39.900; 8.583