Nuoro, Province of Nuoro, Sardegna
Nuoro (accent on the "u") is the main town of central Sardinia, located in a panoramic position in the central mountainous area, which was made a province during Fascism. It was called the Sardinian Athens, due to the huge number of poets, writers and intellectuals that here gave rise to a quite original culture. Grazia Deledda, Nobel Prize for literature (1926), was born here and her works are about Nuoro and its territory. Nuoro is still a rural town, with two main areas named "Seuna" (accent on "e") and "San Pietro".
- Altitude: 550 m a.s.l
- Population: about 36,000 inhabitants
- Zip/postal codes: 08100
- Dialing Area Code: +39 0784
- Patron Saint: San Riccardo, celebrated on the 3rd Sunday in September
- Frazioni & Localities: Lollove, Pratosardo
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The best preserved ethnic area of Sardinia (and perhaps of all Europe, as recently scientifically demonstrated by geneticists) is Barbagia, that belongs to Nuoro's jurisdiction and defers to Nuoro for everything. Nuoro also possesses one of the purest and daily used variant of the Sardinian language, "Su Nugoresu". Its economy relies mainly on agriculture, sheep breeding, art and tradition related business, tourism and light industry.
What to see
- The 19th-century Cathedral of Santa Maria della Neve in neoclassical style. The new cathedral took the place of the ancient parish church of Santa Maria ad Nives, probably built in the Catalan style.
- the Ethnological Museum.
- The old church of Madonna delle Grazie (Nostra Segnora 'e sa Gràssia) in the ancient district of Sèuna. On the right side there is a third entrance that once led to a large outdoor area surrounded by columns, which served as a hostel for pilgrims during the feast of the patron saint of Nuoro. This kind of hostels, known as "cumbessias", are typical of Sardinia and the oldest ones date back to the Byzantine period.
- Grazia Deledda's House and the Church of Nostra Signora della Solitudine, a delicate simple church where Grazia Deledda's body rests.
- The mountain par excellence of the Nuoresi, the forested Monte Ortobene, 955 m a.s.l., with ancient medieval inhabited granites such as Gortove, and Séuna along the banks of the "Ribu de Séuna" stream. A place of great landscape and naturalistic value, it is a favourite destination for excursions. The flora and fauna are typical of central Sardinia, with forests of holm oaks, foxes, wild boars, dormice, hawks and even golden eagles. Of significant tourist and anthropological interest is the so-called "sa conca", a suggestive and unique rural residence built inside a huge spherical hollow granite boulder, on the edge of the road leading to the "Sedda Orthai" park. At the foot of the mountain in Borbore there is an interesting archaeological area with several domus de janas, necropolises dating back to the final Neolithic (Ozieri culture, 3200-2800 BC) and Eneolithic (Monte Claro culture, 2400-2100 BC). On the northern slopes of the mountain there are the sanctuary of Valverde, the ruins of the churches of Sa Itria and Santu Jacu and traces of the Church of Santu Tomeu. Finally, there are many interesting "rocks", natural heaps of granite boulders, born with the erosion of the winds, which often take unusual forms such as the Orco and Spugna.
- Other points of interest are Corso Garibaldi, Rione Santu Predu, Rione Seuna, Sant'Onofrio Hill.