Carbonia is a town in the province of Carbonia-Iglesias, Sardinia, Italy. It is located around .
Carbonia was officially inaugurated on the 18 December 1938
himself ordered the building of the city and was present at its inauguration. The city was built in order to provide housing for the workforce of the nearby mines. The name Carbonia comes from the Italian word for coal, a resource that was abundant in this region.
Carbonia has grown considerably since its birth in 1938, now boasting a population of over 30,000.
Since the mines' closing during the 1970s, Carbonia has had to deal with a high unemployment rate that is rather common in towns in the southern part of Italy. Most Carbonians now find their employment in the heavy industry or transport sector. The town is poor, however, and youth occupation is high by Italian standards.
Carbonia is situated in Sardinia. The city is surrounded by hills that allow anyone bold enough to climb them a vision reaching as far as the sea and the island of Sant'Antioco
Carbonia is about an hour by car or train from Cagliari
. Though the city is one of the largest on the island, it does not offer much to foreign tourists. The city centre does not attract much attention, and it provides few shopping opportunities. There are some excellent restaurants, though, that offer high quality food at little cost.