Comune di Fonni

Fonni and the Monte Spada in the background

Coat of arms

Location of Fonni in Sardinia

Coordinates: IT 40°07′N 09°15′E / 40.117°N 9.250°E / 40.117; 9.250Coordinates: IT 40°07′N 09°15′E / 40.117°N 9.250°E / 40.117; 9.250
Country Italy
Region Sardinia
Province / Metropolitan city Nuoro (NU)
  Total 112.30 km2 (43.36 sq mi)
Elevation 1,000 m (3,000 ft)
  Total 4,371
  Density 39/km2 (100/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Fonnesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 08023
Dialing code 0784
Patron saint St. John the Baptist
Saint day June 24

Fonni (Sardinian: Fonne) is a town and comune in Sardinia, in the province of Nuoro (Italy).

It is the highest town in Sardinia, and situated among fine scenery with some chestnut woods. Fonni is a winter sports centre with a ski lift to Monte Spada and Bruncu Spina.


The term "Fonni" probably derives from the Latin fons, meaning "fountain" or "god of the sources". In fact the village contains numerous spring water fountains.

Main sights

San Giovanni Battista.
Basilica Della Madonna dei Martiri


The local costumes are extremely picturesque, and are well seen on the day of St John the Baptist, the patron saint. The men's costume is similar to that worn in the district generally; the linen trousers are long and black gaiters are worn. The women wear a white chemise; over that a very small corselet, and over that a red jacket with blue and black velvet facings. The skirt is brown above and red below, with a blue band between the two colours; it is accordion-pleated. Two identical skirts are often worn, one above the other. The unmarried girls wear white kerchiefs, the married women black. One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "FONNI". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 


Neighborhoods in Fonni are called "Rioni" of these the oldest is called "su piggiu" or the skin, probably derived by the fact this is the highest and first layer of the village. Others include "puppuai" and "cresiedda" to the south, "logotza" to the east.

A traditional granite stone house in Fonni
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