Tempio Pausania, Sardegna

Tempio Pausania (Tempiu in gallurese) is located in northern Sardinia, in the Gallura area. It was recently the administrative capital (together with Olbia) of the new province of Olbia-Tempio, suppressed in 2016, and is connected by national roads with Sassari (SS 672), Olbia (SS127) and Palau (SS133).


  • Population: about 13,000 inhabitants
  • Zip/postal codes: 07029
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 079


Tempio has an ancient history and is the center of one of the two main areas that remained safe from Phoenician colonisation. The discovery of flint artefacts used in pastoral agriculture proved that a settlement probably existed since the pre-nuragic, prehistoric era.

Under the Romans there was an urban, commercial and military centre. With the advent of the Giudicati rule, Tempio was included in the Giudicato of Gallura. At the end of the 13th century the town fell under the domination of Pisa, followed then by the Aragonese, the Spaniards, and finally the Savoy in 1720. The toponym Pausania was added in the early 20th century in memory of Phausiana, the ancient name of Olbia.


  • The "carnevale timpiesu", with traditional parades, a King George burned at the stake, and distribution along the streets of typical pancakes with honey called "frisgjioli longhi" accompanied by "vermentino" wine.

What to see

  • The historical centre with its granite-stone architecture, typical of many southern Corsican towns;
  • The B. de Mauro exhibition, at Parco della Rimembranza (c/o Public Library);
  • 2km to the north, the Nuraghe Maiori with two chambers;
  • 17km to the southeast the ridge of Mount Limbara, with a great number of peculiar, high granite peaks;
  • Near Aggius, the Valley of the Moon spectacular pinnacles emerging from the arid plain.

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