The town of just under 40,000 inhabitants is located on a high plateau in the Barbagia region. It has a beautiful 19th-century center amid many functional buildings from the 1960s. The pebble-paved alleys are lined with small stores and historic cafes. The central shopping street is Corso Garibaldi. A distinctive feature is the longevity of its inhabitants. Many attribute this to the local wine, whose fermentation is extremely slow. Malicious tongues claim, however, that in Nuoro it is particularly easy to bring one's date of birth forward a few years because of retirement.
Through a high lonely valley to the highest mountain of the Sopramonte
The highest mountain of the Sobramonte is a massive chunk of white rock with a shape reminiscent of the Dolomites and overlooking the mountain village of Oliena. You can hike through a lonely high mountain valley to the summit (1,463 m), where birds of prey soar on the updrafts over the sheer drop-off. (3 hrs, 7.4 km, elevation change: 480 m)
Lookout mountain with view over the interior of the island
The granite mountain east of Nuoro offers a wide view over the island's interior at an altitude of almost 1,000 meters. The view extends from the Gennargentu over the Barbagia to the Supramonte. A road winds around the mountain to a bronze statue of the Savior, the destination of a colorful procession every year on August 29. The road goes along between huge granite blocks and through oak woods and scrub to the top, where there is a restaurant.
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From a bandits' hideout to and anarchist artistic village
For centuries the village in the heart of Barbagia was known as a bandit hideout. In 1894, 500 armed Orgosolese stormed the village of Tortoli to loot the assets of a landowner. Raids of this kind were called Bardanas and were carried out well into the Roman period. This was then compounded by the disamistade, bloody family feuds, that could drag on for decades. In the 1968’s an anarchist art teacher settled in the now legendary place. With his students he began to paint the house walls of the village. Many of these about 120 murals are based on Cubism similar in style to Picasso's Guernica.