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Nuoro & the East/Italy

Introducing Nuoro & the East

If Sardinia is a world apart from the Italian mainland, Nuoro is an island within the island. Much of Sardinia’s most rugged mountain territory is concentrated in this defiant and inward-looking province in the central eastern part of the island. More than anywhere else in Sardinia the people of this region are firmly attached to their traditions and, particularly in the remoter villages, elderly women still wear traditional dress.

The dark majesty of the Supramonte and Gennargentu Mountains and the inland Barbagia region is matched by the extraordinary beauty of the Golfo di Orosei coast, a series of magical coves, including the spectacular Grotta del Bue Marino (blue grotto). Northwest of here and inland, the breathtaking gorges of the Gola Su Gorroppu are a hiker’s delight; the entire mountainous province presents some of Sardinia’s best walking country.

Fine country restaurants of all classes purvey heaped dishes of solid comfort food, best washed down with a robust Cannonau red.

Although larger towns are accessible by bus, you need your own wheels to truly get to grips with this part of the island.