Coordinates: 40°19′N 09°20′E / 40.317°N 9.333°E / 40.317; 9.333
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Nùgoro (Sardinian)
Comune di Nuoro
Redeemer's Statue, Monte Ortobene
Redeemer's Statue, Monte Ortobene
Flag of Nuoro
Coat of arms of Nuoro
Location of Nuoro
Nuoro is located in Italy
Location of Nuoro in Sardinia
Nuoro is located in Sardinia
Nuoro (Sardinia)
Coordinates: 40°19′N 09°20′E / 40.317°N 9.333°E / 40.317; 9.333
ProvinceNuoro (NU)
 • MayorAndrea Soddu (Civic)
 • Total192.27 km2 (74.24 sq mi)
554 m (1,818 ft)
 (January 1, 2012)[2]
 • Total36,347
 • Density190/km2 (490/sq mi)
  • Nuoresi
  • Nugoresos
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code0784
Patron saintSanta Maria della Neve
Saint dayAugust 5
WebsiteOfficial website

Nuoro (Italian pronunciation: [ˈnuːoro] [3][a] Sardinian: Nùgoro [ˈnuɣɔɾɔ])[3][b] is a city and comune (municipality) in central-eastern Sardinia, Italy, situated on the slopes of the Monte Ortobene. It is the capital of the province of Nuoro. With a population of 36,347 (2011),[4] it is the sixth-largest city in Sardinia. Its frazione of Lollove is a member of the I Borghi più belli d'Italia ("The most beautiful villages of Italy") association.[5]

Birthplace of several renowned artists, including writers, poets, painters, sculptors, Nuoro hosts some of the most important museums in Sardinia. It is considered an important cultural center of the region[6] and it has been referred to as the "Sardinian Athens".[7] Nuoro is the hometown of Grazia Deledda, the only Italian woman to win (1926) the Nobel Prize in Literature.


View of Nuoro in winter from Monte Ortobene.
View of Nuoro

The earliest traces of human settlement in the Nuoro area (called " the Nuorese") are the so-called Domus de janas, rock-cut tombs dated at the third millennium BC. However, fragments of ceramics of the Ozieri culture have also been discovered and dated at c. 3500 BC.[8]

The Nuorese was a centre of the Nuragic civilization (which developed in Sardinia from c. 1500 BC to c. 250 BC), as attested by more than 30 Nuragic sites, such has the village discovered in the countryside of Tanca Manna, just outside Nuoro, which was made of about 800 huts.

The Nuorese was crossed by a Roman road which connected Karalis (Cagliari) to Ulbia (Olbia). The legacy of the Roman colonization can especially be found in the variety of the Sardinian language which is still spoken today in Nuoro: Nuorese Sardinian is considered the most conservative dialect of Sardinian, which is in turn the most conservative Romance language.

After the fall of the Western Roman Empire, Sardinia was held first by the Vandals and then by the Byzantines. According to the letters of Pope Gregory I, a Romanized and Christianized culture (that of the provinciales) co-existed with several Pagan cultures (those of the Gens Barbaricina, i.e. "Barbarian People") mainly located in the island's interior. As the Byzantine control waned, the Judicates appeared. A small village known as Nugor appears on some medieval documents of XI-XIII centuries. In the two following centuries it grew to more than 1000 inhabitants. Nuoro remained a town of average importance under the Aragonese and Spanish domination of Sardinia, until famine and plague struck it in the late 17th century.

After the annexation to the Kingdom of Sardinia, the town became the administrative center of the area, obtaining the title of city in 1836.



Since 1972 in Nuoro is active the Istituto superiore regionale etnografico (ISRE), which is an institution that promotes the study and documentation of the social and cultural life of Sardinia in its traditional manifestations and its transformations. In fact, in addition to managing museums and libraries, it organizes national and international events, including: the Sardinia International Ethnographic Film Festival (SIEFF) and the Festival Biennale Italiano dell’Etnografia (ETNU) (Italian Biennial Festival of Ethnography).


Monuments and historical sites[edit]

Nuoro's Cathedral


Along with Italian, the traditional language spoken in Nuoro is Sardinian, in its Logudorese-Nuorese variety.


Nuoro is home to the world's rarest pasta, su filindeu.[10][11] The name in Sardinian language means "the threads (or wool) of God" and is made exclusively by the women of a single family in the town, with the recipe being passed down through generations.

Cultural international events[edit]




Nuoro is served by the SS 131 DCN (Olbia-Abbasanta), the SS 129 (Orosei-Macomer), and the SS 389 (Monti-Lanusei).


ARST, Azienda Regionale Sarda Trasporti provide regular connections to Cagliari, Sassari, Olbia, and to several minor centres in the province and the region.

Other private operators (including Deplano Autolinee, Turmotravel, Redentours) connects Nuoro to various cities and airports in the island.


Nuoro is connected by train to Macomer via Ferrovie della Sardegna.

Local transportation[edit]

ATP Nuoro's bus system provides service within the city.

Notable people[edit]

Casa dei Contrafforti, Nuoro's Old Town
Nivola's sculptures in Piazza Sebastiano Satta, Nuoro

Twin towns[edit]


  1. ^ Or, less correctly, [ˈnwɔːro];[3]
  2. ^ Probably from a root meaning "home" or "hearth" in Logudorese.


  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ Population data from Istat.
  3. ^ a b c "Nuoro". DOP. Archived from the original on 12 October 2013. Retrieved 23 December 2012.
  4. ^ Source: ISTAT Archived 22 June 2017 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Sardegna" (in Italian). Retrieved 1 August 2023.
  6. ^ [1] Archived 30 June 2017 at the Wayback Machine Cultural Notes by the Comune of Nuoro (in Italian)
  7. ^ E. Corda Archived 22 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine, Atene Sarda. Storie di vita nuorese 1886-1946, Rusconi, 1992 - only available in Italian
  8. ^ Sardinia ISBN 1-860-11324-9 p. 85
  9. ^ "Il nuovo Museo della Ceramica di Nuoro" (in Italian). 22 July 2023. Retrieved 20 August 2023.
  10. ^ "The secret behind Italy's rarest pasta,".
  11. ^ "This is the Rarest Pasta in the World, The Daily Meal".
  12. ^ "Twinning Ceremony" (in Italian). Retrieved 1 April 2010.

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