This land resembles no other place. Sardinia is something else. Enchanting spaces and distances to travel-nothing finished, nothing definitive. It is like freedom itself.
– David Herbert Lawrence, Sea and Sardinia, 1921
Life in Sardinia is probably the best a man can wish: twenty-four-thousands kilometers of forests, countryside, shores immersed in a miraculous sea, this corresponds to what I would suggest God to give us as Paradise.
– Fabrizio De Andrè, Italian singer-songwriter, 1996.
Sardinia is located in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. It is mainly a mountainous region, without high peaks, with a vast and charming, yet bittersweet, natural environment.
Sardinia is an island that strikes its tourists with natural contrasts, colors and flavors of a region with old traditions.
Among its wonders, Sardinia offers enchanting mountains and sea that reign over the region with special colors and a peculiar landscape.
Sardinia has a truly remarkable cultural patrimony with its Nuragic complexes located all over the territory. They are unique monuments to the world, testifying to an ancient culture that – though it endured from the 16th to 15th Centuries B.C. still remains rather mysterious.
NUORO AND PROVINCE AREA
The Province of Nuoro is the heart of Sardinia. It spans between the Nuoro and Goceano areas, in the north, and between Gennargentu and Mandrolisai areas, in the south.
The Province of Nuoro is characterized by massive mountain ranges such as, Gennargentu comprising the Sardinia’s highest mountain, Punta La Marmora (1834m) and Sardinia’s largest national park, “Parco Nazionale del Golfo di Orosei e del Gennargentu”.
Different territories compose the Province of Nuoro which, behind the wild and, sometimes, harsh landscape, is a generous land full of natural resources and ancient traditions attracting and welcoming visitors and tourists. Each village in this area is a living witness of popular Sardinian culture which can be enjoyed in many high quality agri-food and gastronomy products and renowned artisanal manufacturing.
The province of Nuoro is also characterized by the territory of Barbagia, in part comprising the massif of Gennargentu. It is a zone full of charm and small villages sparsely inhabited. Among the small villages of Barbagia, Orgosolo is famous for its numerous murals depicting relevant soci-political contents (painted in the 1970s).
Barbagia is an area full of traditions and many folkloristic ceremonies are still celebrated today. One of the main traditional celebrations is the Carnival of Mamoiada, characterized by Mamuthones, figures of mysterious origins who parade through the village streets dressed in leather, wearing tragic wooden masks and heavy bell clusters covering their shoulders.
THE TOWN OF NUORO
Nuoro is the most populous city of the homonymous province in central-eastern Sardinia. The area around Nuoro, was a centre of the Nuragic civilization (from c. 1500 BC to c. 250 BC) as attested by more than 30 Nuragic sites. However, the first human settlements trace back to the third millennium BC. The area was crossed by Roman colonization and, after the fall of the Western Roman Empire, by Vandals and the Byzantines.
Nuoro can be “literally” lived by visitors reading the works of several authors or admiring many pieces of contemporary art. Together with its province, the town gave birth to many artists and writers. The old quarters of Séuna, and Santu Pedru evoke the works of Salvatore Satta (Nuoro, 9 August 1902 – Rome, 19 April 1975). Here the Deledda Museum, the birthplace of the Grazia Deledda (Nuoro, 27 September 1871 – Rome, 15 August 1936), the Nobel prize in literature (1926), can be visited. Sculptures made by Francesco Ciusa (Nuoro, 2 July 1883 – Cagliari, 26 February 1949), the first prize winner of the 1907 Venice Bienniale, can be admired at Tribu Cultural Center
– Ciusa Museum. A short walk through the old Via Majore (today, Corso Garibaldi) takes to the Museo d’Arte di Nuoro (MAN) hosting temporary international exhibitions and permanent shows of XX century Sardinian artists. Not so far, Sabastiano Satta (Nuoro, 21 may 1867 – Nuoro, 29 november 1914) square opens up with Costantino Nivola’s (Orani, 5 july 1911 – Long Island, 6 may 1988) granite statues scattered in a white space. The material and immaterial culture of Sardinia can be appreciated at the Museum of Sardinian Life and Popular Traditions. Above all, the Ortobene Mountain (1000 mt), the soul of the city, as Grazia Deledda used to define it.
AN UNIVERISTY TOWN
Nuoro is the seat of Consorzio Universitario nuorese. It is the third university campus of Sardinia, representing one of the most strategic achievements for the development of marginal areas of central part of the island.
The university promotes international programs and initiatives, and hosts the Nuoro Forestry School, a branch of the University of Sassari, which supports educational and research activities concerning forestry and environmental topics.
A glimpse of the soul of Nuoro. “Non Potho Reposare“ is a song from the poetry “A Diosa” written in 1915 by the poet Badore Sini born in Sarule (Nuoro) and set to music by the composer and musician Giuseppe Rachel.