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Olbia
—  Comune  —
Comune di Olbia

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Olbia is located in Italy
Olbia
Location of Olbia in Italy
Coordinates: 40°55′N 09°30′E / 40.917°N 9.5°E / 40.917; 9.5
Country Italy
Region Sardinia
Province Olbia-Tempio (OT)
Frazioni Berchiddeddu, Murta Maria, Pittulongu, Rudalza-Porto Rotondo, San Pantaleo
Government
 - Mayor Giovanni Enrico Giovannelli ([[List of political parties in Italy|Forza Italia]])
Area
 - Total 376.10 km2 (145.2 sq mi)
Population (May 25, 2006)
 - Total 51,045
 - Density 135.7/km2 (351.5/sq mi)
 - Demonym Olbiesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 07026
Dialing code 0789
Patron saint San Simplicio
Saint day May 15
Website Official website

Olbia About this sound listen (IPA: [ˈɔlbja] or locally [ˈolbja]; Sardinian name: Terranoa, Gallurese: Tarranoa), is a town and comune of approximately 54,000 (2009) inhabitants in northeastern Sardinia (Italy), in the Gallura sub-region. Called Olbia in the Roman age, Civita in the Middle Ages (Giudicati period) and Terranova Pausania before the 1940s, Olbia was again the official name of the town after the period of Fascism.

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Geography

Location of Olbia in northern Sardinia.

It is the economic centre of this part of the island (commercial centres, food industry) and is very close to the famous Costa Smeralda tourist area. It is an administrative capital (together with Tempio Pausania) of the province of Olbia-Tempio, operative since 2005.

History

Olbia (the name is of Greek origin) is very ancient and was possibly founded by the Greeks, according to a local legend. It contains ruins from Phoenician and Carthaginian settlement to the Roman Era, when it was an important port, and the Middle Ages, when it was the capital of the Giudicato of Gallura, one of the four independent states of Sardinia.

Main sights

  • the Romanesque former cathedral of San Simplicio (11th-12th century).

Transportation

Olbia is the main connection between Sardinia and the Italian peninsula, with an airport (Olbia - Costa Smeralda), a passenger port (Olbia-Isola Bianca), and a railway to Porto Torres and Cagliari. There is an expressway to Nuoro and Cagliari (SS131) and national roads to Sassari (SS199-E840), Tempio Pausania (SS127), and Palau (SS125).

External links

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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Europe : Italy : Sardinia : Olbia

Olbia is in Sardinia, a region of Italy.

Get in

Olbia is a ferry port, so you can easily get in by ferry/cruise ship, from Civitavecchia (Rome's ferry port) and Naples.

Get around

By car

Beware the way locals drive: racing along the narrow and bendy roads in the hills.

  • Oschiri A village of 4000 people.

Eat

Ristorante Gallura is certainly one of the best restaurants in Italy; it may also rank among the great restaurants of the world. Rita Denza, the chef, has been there since 1945, and she has an absolute mastery of the kitchen.

  • Hotel Pellicano D'Oro (Hotel Pellicano D'Oro), Via Mare Adriatico 34 - Golfo Aranci - 07026 Pittulongu Olbia, +39 0789 39094, [1]. 4 star beach hotel located in front of the sea, with restaurant, panoramic terrrace and swimming pool." Room rates from €120.  edit

Stay safe

You may encounter poor road conditions, with potholes and open grids. Also the skill of some drivers leaves something to be desired.

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1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

There is more than one meaning of Olbia discussed in the 1911 Encyclopedia. We are planning to let all links go to the correct meaning directly, but for now you will have to search it out from the list below by yourself. If you want to change the link that led you here yourself, it would be appreciated.


Simple English

Comune di Olbia
Country Italy
Region Sardinia
Province Olbia-Tempio (OT)
Mayor Giovanni Enrico Giovannelli (since January, 2007)
Elevation 10 m (33 ft)
Area 376.10 km2 (145 sq mi)
Population (as of May 25, 2006)
 - Total 51,045
 - Density 136/km² (352/sq mi)
Time zone CET, UTC+1
Coordinates 40°55′N 09°30′E
Gentilic Olbiesi
Dialing code0789
Postal code 07026
Frazioni San Pantaleo, Porto Rotondo, Rudalza, Berchiddeddu, Murta Maria, Porto Istana, Pittulongu
Patron San Simplicio
 - Day May 15
Website: www.comune.olbia.ot.it

Olbia (Sardinian: Terranoa, Gallurese: Tarranoa) is a city in the region of Sardinia. Together with Tempio-Pausano it is the capital of the Province of Olbia-Tempio.



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