Comune di Orgosolo

Coat of arms

Location of Orgosolo in Sardinia

Coordinates: 40°12′N 9°21′E / 40.200°N 9.350°E / 40.200; 9.350Coordinates: 40°12′N 9°21′E / 40.200°N 9.350°E / 40.200; 9.350
Country Italy
Region Sardinia
Province / Metropolitan city Nuoro (NU)
  Mayor Francesco Giuseppe Meloni
  Total 223.5 km2 (86.3 sq mi)
Elevation 620 m (2,030 ft)
Population (December 2004)[1]
  Total 4,510
  Density 20/km2 (52/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Orgolesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 08027
Dialing code 0784
Website Official website

Orgosolo (Sardinian: Orgòsolo) is a comune (municipality) located in the Province of Nuoro, in the autonomous region of Sardinia, at about 110 kilometres (68 mi) north of Cagliari and about 13 kilometres (8 mi) south of Nuoro. The municipality is famous for its murales. These political paintings can be found on walls all over Orgosolo. Since about 1969, the murales reflect different aspects of Sardinia's political struggles but also deal with international issues.

Vittorio De Seta's movie Banditi a Orgosolo (1961) focuses on the past way of life in central Sardinia and on the phenomenon of "Banditry" in the region. At one time Orgosolo was known as the "village of the murderers" due to its high crime rate. Bandits of the surrounding mountains used the church door to post notices of death sentence passed on their enemies.[2]

Cultural events

Since 2006, Orgosolo hosts a Science Festival,[3] whose peculiarity is in the use of the popular traditions and knowledge as keys to the scientific world. The theme of the 2008 edition (May 30 - June 1) will be "Energy". The theme of the 2007 edition was "Water". The theme of the first edition was "Astronomy".


  1. All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
  2. Meissner, Hans Otto (1963). Unknown Europe. trans. Florence and Isabel McHugh. London and Glasgow: Blackie & Sons. pp. 58–62.
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