The heart of Sardinia is a mixture of rugged yet hospitable impressions; rugged as the austere granite and limestone mountains of the Gennargentu and Supramonte ranges, welcoming as the infinitely transparent sea that runs from the picturesque village of Posada all the way to the dramatic coastline of Ogliastra and Arbatax.
Kilometres of white sandy beaches, untouched nature and breathtaking scenery, from Cala Gonone and the length of the Gulf of Orosei, where adventurous visitors can take the challenge of free climbing, canyoning, kayaking or trekking. Inland there’s a wealth of culture and tradition; here the ancient tongue of proud shepherds is still spoken, and people live to 100 eating pecorino washed down with hearty Cannonau DOC wine.
The hinterland around Nuoro has a very special bond with its nature, generous yet harsh, alive and ever-changing, intoxicating with the scent of myrtle and and lentiscus. Traditional and contemporary culture – exemplified by the Museo Man in Nuoro – come together in this crossroads of the world, so isolated yet so steeped in stories, such as those told by the wall paintings of Orgosolo. From Grazia Deledda to Maria Lai, allow yourself to be carried away by this ancient land’s culture and hospitality, and by the glorious colours nature has regaled it with.
Explore Nuoro and other towns described by Grazia Deledda, the only Italian woman writer awarded the Nobel Prize for literature
Be swept away by the wonderful coastline of Siniscola, with its white sand beaches, lagoons and unique oases such as Bidderosa
Take a boat trip in the Gulf of Orosei, from Cala Gonone to the pinnacles of Cala Goloritzé
Drink a glass of Cannonau with the centenarians in Jerzu in Ogliastra or the Oliena mountains
Dance round the fire with the Barbagia carnival masks in Mamoiada
Listen to Canto a Tenore, listed by UNESCO as intangible cultural heritage
Take a stroll among the expressive walls of Orgosolo, the town of murals
Visit the caves of Ispinigoli and Bue Marino in Dorgali
Take in the culture with an archeological tour in search of the sacredness of water at the Nuragic sites of Su Tempiesu and Romanzesu
Explore Ulassai, the works of Maria Lai and the magical silence of the Tacchi d’Ogliastra