FROM SORGONO TO NUORO VIA GAVOI AND ORANI
This itinerary crosses the Barbagia of Ollolai,
the most northern of the four Barbagie and perhaps
the most different. The itinerary mostly follows
the motorway n. 128, a very winding, but
The principal detours are represented by those
such as the one going from Sarule to the sanctuary
of Gonare and to Ottana on the one side, in order
to pay a visit to the ex-Cathedral of St. Nicola,
and that, on the other side, to Mamoiada and
Orgosolo. In Orgosolo, it is possible to admire
the famous "murales" (wall paintings) and from
here, through the road that goes to Oliena, carry
out one of the most characteristic and
representative tours of the Nuorese region, and
also a day-trip to the Supramonte.
Returning to the motorway, Gavoi with the Lake of
Gusana, and Orani represent the most interesting
places from a historical and environmental point
of view, in an itinerary where landscape and
natural views are predominant.
Other relevant elements in this itinerary are the
evident traces of the Nuraghic civilisation and
the common expression of popular traditions and
culture, identifiable above all in the women's
costumes and the religious festivals.
For those visitors wanting to spend a few more
days in this area, an excursion from Gavoi to
Fonni is highly recommended in order to pay a
visit to the sanctuary of the Madonna dei Martiri
and the central part of Gennargentu, with the
beautiful landscapes and views available from Mt.
Bruncuspina, Punta Lamarmora and the pass of