No, it isn’t some sort of nerve disorder. Sardinia is home to the old and somewhat mysterious Nuragic civilization, dating from about 1500 BC. The evidences of their spread and influence are scattered throughout the Sardinian landscape, and we visit one of these fortified villages today called Su Nuraxi. Like the pyramids and Machu Picchu, it is incredible to think of the ingenuity of these ancient peoples to haul such massive stones into position that would stand for 3,500 years!
After a fabulous lunch near the archeological site, with again way too many delicious courses, we continue to Nuoro, our home for the evening. This is a quaint town of only 37,000 inhabitants, perched on the slopes of Mount Ortobene, but even though it seems small, it is the sixth-largest city in Sardinia.
Our guide, Manuela, takes us on a walking tour of its most important sites, including several piazzas and the cathedral. Nuoro was the birthplace of several renowned artists, including writers, poets, painters, and sculptors. Perhaps most famous is Grazia Deledda, the first and only Italian woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1926.
We walk into town this evening for dinner at the best restaurant in the town, Il Refugio. Some of us go all out for the tasting menu (which gets rave reviews), and others enjoy a pizza (also amazing). Walking back to the hotel the moon is almost full, and so are we!