Sardinia is certainly famous for its sea and beaches that lap the coasts, however even the inner part of the island is full of places that deserve to be visited. An ideal place to spend a weekend is Nuoro, the Sardinian capital. This city immersed in the green valley of Monte Ortobene, rich in traditions, art and history, offers several possibilities and those who decide to visit it will not be disappointed. Let's find out together what to see, where to eat and what to do in the evening in Nuoro.
- 10 things to see in Nuoro in a weekend
- What to see in Nuoro in one day: recommended itinerary
- Where to eat in Nuoro: the best restaurants
- What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Nuoro
- Plan your stay in Nuoro: info and useful tips
- User questions and comments
10 things to see in Nuoro in a weekend
1 - Monte Ortobene
This granite mountain 955 meters above sea level is one of the symbols of the city of Nuoro. The 1.600-hectare area is full of towers, pinnacles and bizarre-shaped rocks and is crossed by several rivers and streams. On the top of Mount Ortobene is the Statue of the Redeemer, while the most panoramic point is the Cuccuru Nigheddu. The area of the Sedda Ortai Park is very beautiful there is the Church of Solitude which preserves the ashes of Grazia Deledda.
- it is located about 6 km from Nuoro and can be reached by car in 13 minutes by taking Viale Ciusa in the city center. Alternatively, bus number 8 connects the terminus of Viale Manzoni with Monte (about 40 minutes), making several stops - Get directions
- always accessible
2 - Ethnographic Museum
This Museum, one of the largest in Sardinia of its kind, was built between the fifties and sixties on the Colle di Sant'Onofrio. It is divided into three areas divided into six rooms where it is possible to admire traditional clothes, jewels, typical musical instruments from the period between the th century and the first fifty years of the th century.
- The Ethnographic Museum is located in Via A. Mereu, 56. It can be reached from the center of Nuoro by taking a 20-minute walk or by bus 01D getting off at the Via Giovanni XXIII stop, 500 meters from the picture gallery - Get directions
- from June to September every day (except Monday) from 9:00 to 19:00 - from October to March every day (except Monday) from 10:00 to 17:00
- full € 5,00 - reduced € 3,00
3 - Museum Man
One of the most famous attractions of Nuoro is this art gallery where you can admire over 200 works belonging to contemporary Sardinian art. In the museum there are the testimonies of local artists of the twentieth century and a unique collection of drawings and ceramics by Salvatore Fancello. Man also sets up every year 4 temporary exhibitions and organizes numerous educational workshops of graphics and painting.
- ll Man is located in Via Sebastiano Satta 27 and can be reached from the center of Nuoro in 8 minutes on foot - Get directions
- open every day of the week (including holidays), except Mondays, continuously from 10:00 to 19:00
- Cost : full € 5,00 - reduced € 3,00 for children aged 18 to 25. Free admission every first Sunday of the month and for under 18s
4 - Deleddiano Museum
Nuoro, wanted to pay homage to the writer Grazia Deledda, Nobel Prize for Literature in 1926, with a museum dedicated to her. Thanks to the generosity of the daughter-in-law of the writer who donated manuscripts, photographs and personal items of the woman, the Deleddiano Museum was opened on 5 March 1983. The current exhibition highlights the tormented bond that the writer had with Nuoro and the personal and literary events following her transfer to Rome.
- the museum is located in Via Grazia Deledda, 42 in the Santu Pedru shepherds' district; it can be reached on foot from the center of Nuoro with a 15-minute walk or you can take bus D01 and get off at the Via Tola stop (about 10 minutes) - Get directions
- from 1 October to 15 March open from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 15:00 to 19:00 (Closed on Mondays). From 16 March to 30 September open from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 15:00 to 20:00 (Closed on Mondays). The Museum is regularly open on the occasion of Christmas, New Year, Easter, Easter Monday and for the holidays of 25 April and 1 May, Ferragosto and for Sa Die de sa Sardigna
- full € 3,00 - reduced € 2,00
5 - Church of the Madonna delle Grazie
This church, also famous as the ancient church, is located in the center of Nuoro and dates back to the th century. The building has a rather simple style with a wide and low facade, a portal decorated with stone reliefs and a beautiful rose window just above the portal. Inside there are frescoes from the eighteenth century inspired by the decorations of the early Christian era.
- the church is located in Piazza delle Grazie in the center of Nuoro and can be easily reached on foot - Get directions
- unfortunately the church is not always open to the public, but it can be visited during mass hours
6 - Cathedral of Santa Maria della Neve
This Cathedral, main place of worship of Nuoro, was completed in 1853 and spiritually refers to the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome. L'neoclassical building it has a beautiful façade with two orders and a double bell tower while the interior consists of a single nave with some side chapels. A stands out 1600 painting depicting the Dead Christ attributed to Alessandro Tirini.
- the Duomo is located in Piazza Santa Maria della Neve, in the center of Nuoro and can be reached in 12 minutes on foot - Get directions
- the Cathedral is open every day from 7:30 to 20:00
7 - Piazza San Sebastiano Satta
In the historic center of the city is the main square dedicated to the famous Nuoro poet Sebastiano Satta. It has a irregular shape with a granite floor and boulders on which stand out bronze statuettes by the sculptor Costantino Nivola. All around buildings and palaces painted in white give the environment brightness.
- Piazza Satta is located between the historic district of Santu Pedru and the nineteenth-century area towards the Gardens and the Cathedral of Santa Maria della Neve, reachable on foot in just 11 minutes - Get directions
- always accessible
8 - Ciusa Museum
This Museum is dedicated to Francesco Ciusa, a great artist who lived from 1883 to 1949 in Nuoro, considered theinitiator of modern Sardinian sculpture.
Most of his marble works are inspired by the pastoral world and Nuorese customs but there are also ceramic works. The Museum is located inside the former court of Nuoro, a large recently restored building which in the past was also the site of an ancient convent. Consisting of 6 rooms, it contains about 60 works interspersed with video projections that allow you to understand the art of Ciusa and her world.
- the Museum is located in Piazza Santa Maria della Neve 8 and can be reached on foot in about 12 minutes - Get directions
- 10: 00-13: 00 and 15: 00-19: 00 during the winter - from 10:00 to 20:00 during the summer
- full € 3,00 (over 25) - reduced € 2,00 (from 18 to 25 years) - free for under 18 and every first Sunday of the month
9 - Nuraghe Tanca Manca
In the heart of Nuoro, in a position overlooking the city, there is the nuraghe of Tanca Manca belonging to the formative period of the nuragic civilization. The single tower structure was built with granite rocks emerging from the ground and roughly worked granite blocks. Inside there are two opposing niches and one of these has been carved out of the rock.
- to reach the Nuraghe Tanca Manna by car it is necessary to head towards the south of the city in Via Martiri della Libertà (about 2 km from the center, about 6 minutes). Alternatively you can go on foot with a 20 minute walk or by bus 01 which leaves from the center and takes about 15 minutes - Get directions
- always accessible
- Entrance: free
10 - Nuragic Complex of Noddule
Not far from Nuoro is located one of the most important archaeological areas of Sardinia brought to light in the 50s / 60s. Once inside the complex it is possible to admire numerous megalithic circles followed by several nuragic settlements up to 10 meters high. The large huts with a large fireplace and some tombs are also clearly visible. Overall this site allows visitors to have an overview of Sardinian history which goes from pre-Nuragic megalithism to the Roman age, passing through the Nuragic period.
- 13 Km from Nuoro and can be reached by car in about 20 minutes following the SS389 towards Orune and Bitti and turning at Km 86 after the junction for Benetutti - Get directions
- open in winter every day (except Wednesday) from 9:30 to 17:00 while in the other periods it is always open from 9:30 to 19:00
- Cost: the entrance ticket includes a 1 hour guided tour and costs € 5,00 for adults while it is free for children up to 6 years. For groups and children aged 6 to 12, admission is € 3,00
11 - Village of Tiscali
In the deep heart of Sardinia, a few km from Nuoro there is a particular place shrouded in mystery where time seems to have stopped. The village of Tiscali stands on the walls of the sinkhole and is not visible until the inside of the cavity is reached. The site inhabited in the pre-Nuragic age is made up of two agglomerations of circular or oval shaped huts dating back to the th and th centuries BC
- The village can only be reached by car and then continued on foot. Starting from Nuoro you have to follow the signs for Oliena, get to Su Golugone and after 8 km of dirt road leave the car, from here you continue on foot facing a trek of 3 hours round trip.
There are no buses to reach the place but you can ask the Ghivine cooperative that manages the historic site to organize the transfer from Nuoro - Get directions
- from May to October from 09:00 to 19:00; in the remaining months from 09:00 to 17:00.
- full € 5,00 - reduced € 2,50
12 - Village of Lollove
A 10-minute drive from Nuoro is the beautiful village of Lollove, a medieval village remained almost deserted. Most of the houses are in ruins and only a few remain intact, but walking through the cobbled alleys and stone houses will take you back in time. According to a legend told by the elders of the town, one or more penitents from the ancient monastery of via Bixio were accused of having had carnal relations with local shepherds. Before leaving the village they hurled a curse against the village: "Lollove you will be like the water of the sea, you will never grow or show (to grow) ever". And so more or less it was because what remains of Lollove today it is a ghost town with no post office, pharmacy or bar and inhabited only by a few elderly people.
- Lollove is located 21 km from Nuoro and can be reached by car following the road signs, or by bus. There are two / three daily trips made by bus line 07 which, starting from the terminus in Piazza Vittorio Emanuele, connect the capital to the small village. Cost of ticket € 1,00 valid for 90 minutes from validation - Get directions
- always accessible
13 - Church of San Carlo Borromeo
This th century building is located in Santu Pedru, one of the most characteristic neighborhoods of the city. The church was built entirely in pink stone, has a very simple style that incorporates Sardinian traditions. The interior is made up of a single nave where a copy of the Opera Madre dell'Ucciso, created by Francesco Ciusa, is kept. The wooden tabernacle and the statues dedicated to the Madonna, San Francesco, Santa Lucia and San Carlo Borromeo are also worthy of consideration.
- the church is located in the Santu Pedru district in Piazza Satta and can be reached on foot or with the city bus line 01D - Get directions
- open every day from 07:00 to 19:00
What to see in Nuoro in one day: recommended itinerary
The Sardinian capital, for those who don't have much time available, lends itself for a daily visit. We suggest a pleasant route that will allow you to savor the atmosphere of the places where Grazia Deledda lived and set her novels and some scenic areas of Nuoro. Obviously without forgetting some food and wine stops and a little shopping.
Morning: for your morning in Nuoro we suggest a good and abundant breakfast at Bar Tredicizerouno which is located along the road to reach your first destination, the Tanca Manna nuraghe. After charging up with a coffee, take your car, follow the signs and in 17 minutes you will reach this complex overlooking the city. The visit does not take more than 30 minutes, so from here, take your car back and head to Monte Ortobene which is 30 minutes away (16 Km). Leave your car in the designated parking areas e admire the Cuccuru Nigheddu where the statue of the Redeemer is located and the landscape that opens onto Gennargentu and the Gulf of Orosei. Get back in the car and in 10 minutes you will arrive at the Church of Solitude which preserves the remains of Grazia Deledda. At this point, before stopping for lunch, we suggest you leave your car at the parking lot in Via Vittorio Emanuele so that you can move comfortably on foot in the afternoon. From here go to the nearby Il Rifugio Restaurant for a refreshing break. Allow around 3 hours and 30 minutes to visit both the nuraghe and Monte Ortobene.
Afternoon: After having lunch at Il Rifugio Restaurant and having tasted some delicacies of Sardinian and Nuorese cuisine, dedicate the afternoon to visiting this beautiful city. Reach the neighbor immediately Square of Santa Maria della Neve, 3 minutes walk from the restaurant, where the beautiful Cathedral of the same name is located. In 5 minutes you will arrive in the Santu Predu district where the Deleddiano Museum which is definitely worth a visit. Nearby there is also the Salvatore Satta square with beautiful granite sculptures and white and bright buildings. From here we advise you to reach the Man Museum to learn about Sardinian contemporary art (visiting time about 1 hour). If after culture you want to do some shopping, take Via Luciano Manara and come out in Corso Garibaldi where there are many artisan shops of Nuoro. You can find small and large wooden objects, handmade carpets, embroidered fabrics and silver jewelry. If you still have some time left, finish the tour of the city with a visit to the sanctuary and the church of the Madonna delle Grazie with the bell gable and the rose window in pink granite which are located 400 meters from the shopping street.
Sera: to end your day in Nuoro, as you will surely be hungry, we recommend that you try the many typical Sardinian dishes cooked at the Trattoria S'Hostera Nugoresa a place in the heart of Nuoro. And if you want to drink something more, go to Franklin Wine Bar Enoteca for a good glass of cannonau.
One day itinerary at a glance
- Breakfast at Bar Tredicizerouno - Get directions
- Nuraghe Tanca Manna - opening hours: always accessible - ticket price: free
- Monte Ortobene - timetables: consult the official website of the Nuoro ATP
- Church of Solitude - opening hours: from 7:00 to 19:00 - ticket price: free
- Lunch at Il Rifugio Restaurant - Get directions
- Piazza Santa Maria della Neve - opening hours: always accessible - ticket price: free
- Cathedral - opening hours: every day from 7:30 to 20:00 - ticket price: free
- Deleddiano Museum - opening hours: from 1 October to 15 March open from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 15.00 to 19.00 (Closed on Mondays). From March 16 to September 30 from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 15:00 to 20:00 (Closed on Mondays). The Museum is regularly open on the occasion of Christmas, New Year, Easter, Easter Monday and for the holidays of 25 April and 1 May, August th and for Sa Die de sa Sardigna - ticket price: free
- Salvatore Setta Square - opening hours: always accessible - ticket price: free
- Visit Man Museum - opening hours: every day of the week (including holidays), except Mondays, open all day from 10:00 to 19:00 - ticket price: free
- Church of Our Lady of Grace - opening hours: during mass hours
- Price at S'Hostera Nugoresa restaurant - Get directions
Where to eat in Nuoro: the best restaurants
- Il Portico restaurant: cozy restaurant with local cuisine and fish and meat dishes. Among the specialties tuna tartare, swordfish rolls, lamb sweetbreads with mushrooms, spaghetti with lobster and Sardinian fregola soup.
Average price per person: € 35,00
Address and contacts: via Mons. G. Bua, 13 Get directions / tel: (+39) 0784217641
- Trattoria La Locanda: simple trattoria, but which amazes with tasty traditional dishes, prepared with genuine ingredients.
Average price per person: € 30,00
Address and contacts: via Brofferio, 35 Get directions / tel: (+39) 078431032
- Monti Blu Restaurant: particular place with a rich menu with meat and fish specialties.
Average price per person: € 35,00
Address and contacts: piazza Sebastiano Satta, 8 Get directions / tel: (+39) 0784231443
What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Nuoro
Nuoro, unlike other Sardinian cities, is not exactly famous for its nightlife. However, for those who want to stay up late or have a drink after dinner in the historic center of Nuoro there are some clubs and pubs ideal for spending the evening. The areas with a greater concentration of breweries and bars is Piazza Satta and the western part of the city accessible by car.
The best pubs, clubs and discos
- Trulla Brewery: pub with a list of craft beers to envy and cook until late
Address: via Antonio Mura Get directions / Facebook page
- America Bar: place suitable for all those who want to sip a good cocktail before or after dinner, also specializing in aperitifs
Address: viale Europa, 8 Get directions / Facebook page
- From Franklin Wine Bar Enoteca: an ideal place to sip a glass of wine and taste different Sardinian labels and more.
Address: Via S. Nicolò, 6 Get directions / Facebook page
Plan your stay in Nuoro: info and useful tips
- The closest airport and port to Nuoro is Olbia, 100 km from the Sardinian capital. From here, by car, take the SS131 and the SS 131 DCN following the signs. As an alternative to the car you can take the bus that connects Olbia to Nuoro and vice versa in 1 hour 45 minutes (tickets from € 6,00 to € 9,00).
- Getting around: The best way to visit the city center is on foot. However, if you want to discover the surroundings, the suggestion is to rent a car that will allow you to reach the places you prefer without having to wait for bus connections. Finally, in case you don't want to take a car, there are some buses that connect Nuoro with the most touristic places.
- Where to park: the most convenient parking for putting the car in Nuoro and then moving on foot is the one in Piazza Vittorio Emanuele (Get directions). This (unattended) garage has more than 100 underground parking spaces that can be accessed from 08:00 to 15:00 and an outdoor area that is always open. The hourly rate is € 0,60 until 15:00 pm; free parking from 15:00 to 8:00 the next morning.
- Hotel and b & b starting from € 50,00 per room -
- What to see in the surroundings: If you have the car and time available among the places to visit in the vicinity of Nuoro we suggest the Borgo di Lollove, the village of Tiscali or the Nuragic village of Noddule. By car you can also reach the beautiful beaches of Orosei (46 km away from Nuoro, about 40 minutes by car), Posada (50 km from the Sardinian capital, 45 minutes by car), the farthest Capo Comino (65 Km from Nuoro, about 1 hour by car) and Cascate di Mularza Noa (46 Km from Nuoro, about 47 minutes by car). Finally, if you do not suffer from seasickness and the season allows it, the suggestion is to organize boat excursions to Cala Goloritze, Cala Sisine and Cala Luna.