Nuoro, a city full of tradition and culture, lies on the sides of Gennargentu, between the mountains and woods of Barbagia. The city is dotted with important museums, from the Nuoro Art Museum to the National Archaeological Museum, with many finds relating to the history of the Nuora area from Neolithic to Mediaeval times; and the Sardinian Ethnographic Museum to the Costume Museum, one of the leading museums in Sardinia. Literature lovers won’t be able to resist the Deleddian Museum, in the house where the Sardinian writer Grazia Deledda (1871-1936), Nobel Prize for Literature in 1926, was born. The museum has many interesting exhibits relating to the writer’s life and work.
Travelling south-east from Nuoro, you reach Barbagia, an area that has always been scarcely populated but has some absolutely unique villages, including Oliena, with its characteristic centre of blinding white houses, and Orgosolo, famous for the murals on the walls of the town centre.
History lovers will find many archaeological finds in the area such as the four monumental menhir of Perdas Fittas and the Sa Concas necropolis, with 15 tombs. The Nuragic village of Serra Orrios, one of the best preserved in Sardinia, the giants’ grave of S’Ena and Thomes, the Su Tempiesu sacred well and the Noddule archaeological complex, with its large Nuraghe and surrounding village, lie in the north-east of the province of Nuoro.