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Population: 2.807
Altitude: 438 metri s.l.m.
Area: 79.52 Kmq

Town hall: Via sac. Angelico Fadda, 10 - Tel. 079.801123 - Fax 079.800155
Postal code: 07018
Web: www.comune.pozzomaggiore.ss.it
E-mail: tecnico@comune.pozzomaggiore.ss.it

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Brief notes on the town:

The town falls within the geographical region of Mejlogu. The Rio Mannu, after crossing the plateau of Campeda in the section downstream of the Oinu bridge and as far as the meeting point with the Rio cumone, defines the border between the territory of Pozzomaggiore and the Province of Nuoro. The centre is located on a vast plateau at the foot of two hills of volcanic origin, Mount Oe and Mount S. Pietro. It takes its name from the homonymous church which sits on the summit. From the populated centre and from these hills in particular, it is possible to admire the beautiful and impressive views of Mount Minerva and the remains of the Bonuighinu castle (Punta su Casteddu). Horse breeding in Pozzomaggiore is an important economic activity, as the town is also home to a modern and fully equipped equestrian centre with indoor stable and riding school in continuous development. This passion for horses has resulted in the highly interesting “Horse Museum”, the only one in Sardinia in which the rooms contain evidence of the traditional activities, myths and legends connected with the noble animal.

Economic activities:

The prevailing economic activity is livestock breeding, especially sheep, with the production of the cheeses of the Social Dairy Coop, the lambs appreciated throughout the national territory and the breeding of selected cattle. Gastronomically, Pozzomaggiore offers special aromas and tastes: alongside the excellent cheese there is the production of salami and traditional bread of an ancient culture (sas ladittas) together with the lamb cutlets or the cordula with peas. The desserts act as a frame with macaroons, tericcas, cogoneldas and pabassinos. Of great importance is the local craftwork activity which produces hand-woven carpets, precious knives, musical instruments, and stylish furniture.

The history:

The fertile soil and the abundance of water have encouraged human settlement since prehistoric times. This is evidenced by the archaeological wealth, diffused evenly across the territory: close to forty catalogued nuraghi, the tombs of the giants, the Roman bridge of Ponte Oinu and the cave of Su Guanu have all been discovered. The most important historical monuments are the parish Church of S. Giorgio (XVI century), the Church of S. Antonio Abate (XVII century) and, in particular, St. Constantine; on the 6th and 7th July it is possible to see the distinctive horserace of Ardia, with participants from all over the area. This event attracts thousands of visitors and tourists.

Traditions and events:

Feast of Saint Anthony Abbot Convent square January 16-17
Feast of Saint George Martyr Parish church April 22-23
Feast of the Cross Agro May 2
Feast of Saints Peter and Paul Rural church June 28-29
Feast of Saint Constantine Urban centre July 5-7
Cantigos in sas carrelas Urban centre July
Feast of Saint Christopher Urban centre August 7
Feast of Saint Constantine Urban centre August 31 - September 1