Situated on the slopes of Monte Ortobene, Nuoro is the sixth-largest city in central-eastern Sardinia, Italy with a population of around 36,500.
A walk around the centre of Nuoro…
Standing 950m above sea level, Mount Ortoben offers stunning views over Nuoro and the neighbouring valleys.
Grazia Deledda, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1926, was a mighty big fan of the mountain:
No, it’s not true that the Ortobene can be compared to other mountains; there’s only one Ortobene in the whole world: it’s our heart, it’s our soul, our character, everything big and small, kind and tough and rough and sorrowful in us.
At the end of the 19th century, Pope Leo XIII declared that he would like to see monuments to Christ the Redeemer erected on the tops of twenty regions of Italy, with this striking striking bronze by Vincenzo Jerace being constructed on the top of of Mount Ortoben in 1901.
Since 1901, a procession ascends from Nuoro town to the statue as part of the Redentore festival in In August every year, with celebrations including a parade featuring hundreds of folk groups showcasing the precious traditional costumes of Sardinia.
Radio masts and transmitters can be seen on an adjacent mountain top.
I’ve absolutely no idea what bird this is, but I like it!
A view of the valley and the distant mountains from near the centre of Nuoro.
Looking back up at Mount Ortobene as it disappears behind clouds.
The Centro Polifunzionale performance space doesn’t seem to have had a lot of use in recent times. The last review on their Facebook page was in Dec 2015.
Late night Nuoro.
Piazza Satta is named after locally-born poet Sebastiano Satta, and contains a selection of sculptural granite blocks, each one containing a small bronze figurine depicting Satta at various stages of his life.
Night time view of the sculptures at Piazza Satta in Nuoro, Sardinia.
Baklava Caffe in Sardinia.
The first time I visited Nuoro, late night entertainment was extremely thin on the ground, but this time we found a couple of bars open past midnight before we visited The Killtime, which was hosting excellent live jazz.
A cracking vintage Italian car.
Drinking with friends in the main drag in Nuoro.
Late night mist before we (inadvertently!) headed off to Macomer the next morning.
These horses lived next to a suburban street.