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Museum in Nuoro

Museo Etnografico Sardo

Zooming in on Sardinian folklore, this museum harbours a peerless collection of filigree jewellery, carpets, tapestries, rich embroidery, musical instruments, weapons and masks. The highlight is the traditional cost…
Museum in Nuoro

Museo Deleddiano

Up in the oldest part of town, the birthplace of Grazia Deledda (1871–1936) has been converted into this lovely little museum. The rooms, full of Deledda memorabilia, have been carefully restored to show what a well…
Gallery in Nuoro

Museo d'Arte

Housed in a restored 19th-century townhouse, the is the only serious contemporary art gallery in Sardinia. Its permanent collection boasts more than 400 works by the island’s top 20th-century painters, including Ant…
Museum in Nuoro

Museo Archeologico Nazionale

This museum presents a romp through the region’s archaeological sites. Finds from the surrounding province range from ancient ceramics and fine bronzetti to a drilled skull from 1600 BC and Roman and early-medieval …
Sardinian in Nuoro

Il Portico

You’ll receive a heartfelt welcome at this restaurant, where abstract paintings grace the walls and jazzy music plays. Behind the scenes, a talented husband-and-wife team rustle up a feast of local fare like spaghet…
Cafe in Nuoro

Caffè Tettamanzi Bar Mayore

Going strong since 1875, Nuoro’s oldest cafe is something of a local institution. The interior recalls a more glamorous age, with frescoes, marble tables and deep velvet armchairs where you can read works by Grazia …
Sardinian in Nuoro

Il Rifugio

One of Nuoro’s most popular eateries, this jovial restaurant has won a faithful following for its creative brand of local cooking. Typical dishes include capretto (roasted kid) with artichokes and pecora alla nuores…
Pastries in Nuoro

Premiata Pasticceria Il Golosastro

As fine as lace, the intricately crafted local cakes here are almost too pretty to eat. Award-winning patisseur and baker Giovanni Pedduzza creates delicious sweets made with honey and almonds, formaggelle (mini Sar…
Mediterranean in Nuoro

Monti Blu

Clean, bright Mediterranean flavours shine through in regional dishes such as tagliata di tonno (sliced tuna steak with rocket and pecorino) at this stylish little restaurant. You can round out a meal in the tea roo…
Arts & Crafts in Nuoro

Coltelli Sardi

True to Nuoro’s pastoral heritage (not to mention those dastardly bandits), Francesco Piredda crafts exquisite Sardinian knives, including the famous Pattada jackknife with a myrtle-leaf-shaped blade that is carved …