Provinces of Sardinia
Latest update: 17 February 2022
The five provinces of Sardinia cover the distinct areas of the island region with four of them named after the major city or town within them. Sardinia is one of the 20 regions of Italy and in all but two of those regions, there are a number of provinces.
Within each province there are a larger number of comunes which are the remaining towns and villages. The smallest towns and villages are called frazioni and they themselves belong to the nearest comune. In 2016 the provinces of Sardinia were rearranged; four were disbanded and replaced by two new ones, making a total of five instead of the previous seven.
The four to be disbanded were Cagliari Province, Medio Campidano, Ogliastra Province and Carbonia Iglesias. The new province of South Sardinia was introduced with Carbonia as its capital and the Metropolitan City of Cagliari replaced the previous Cagliari Province. The remaining three provinces of Sardinia are named after the towns of Nuoro, Sassari and Oristano.
Metropolitan City of Cagliari
Provincial capital: Cagliari
Size: 1,248 km²
Highlights: Nora, Torre delle Stelle, Pula, Mari Pintau, Solanas
Provincial capital: Nuoro
Size: 5,638 km²
Highlights: Cala Luna, Cala Mariolu, Gennargentu National Park
Provincial capital: Oristano
Size: 2,990 km²
Highlights: Bosa, Tharros, Nuraghe Losa, Sinis Peninsula
South Sardinia Province
Provincial capital: Carbonia
Size: 6,530 km²
Highlights: Su Nuraxi di Barumini, Sant'Antioco, San Pietro