Nuoro-Tiana 14-15-16, November 2014
Nuoro is located in the heart of Sardinia, guarded by Su Monte (‘The Mount’) as the nuoresi affectionately call it. Suspended between the past and the present Ortobene is the most important natural monument of the municipal territory. Nestled between the Rio Cedrino and the River Marreri , it features solemn towers and pinnacles separated by steep gorges and surrounded by beautiful valleys .
Walking the paths granite plateau identifies the suggestive tafoni , rocks shaped by the elements to form large cavities, re-used by people who for centuries have inhabited these lands. The millennial erosion exerted by wind and water has given rise to numerous other rock formations: rocks similar to the shape of animals or statues, walls honeycomb that evoke fairy tales and myths of the past . In the most picturesque nooks in the woods of holm oaks and oaks, are numerous sources including waterfalls and small streams. The vegetation alternates between dense scrub and woodland of arbutus, juniper, cistus, lentiscus and olive. The richness of the flora is well represented by the variety of orchids which have been recorded to be 18 species belonging to 9 different genres .
Set at the base of Monte Orovole (1089 m), on the latest western offshoots of the Gennargentu , the village of Tiana stands along the valley formed by the torrente Tino (Tino creek) next to the point where it meets with the rio Torrei . The beds in which they run two watercourses form a unique inverted T where the rio Torrei, coming from the east, joins the rio Tino, who proceeds from the west and continues toward the north to flow in Taloro.
The rivers in addition to characterize the landscape have represented an important economic resource for the center that, until the first half of the Twentieth Century, was famous for the large number of mills and fulling-mills which also served the countries in the neighborhood.Traveling along the road to the south of the country for about a kilometer you reach the trail that leads to the locality Gusagu where you can visit the magnificent Museum of industrial archeology “ Le vie dell’acqua ” formed by the last mills and the Water Mill for fulling cloth Bellu still operating, by exploiting the strength of the current rio Torrei.
Streams and brooks as well as to encourage the creation of orchards and vegetable gardens , built on the sides of the hills in typical terraces with dry walls , have made it particularly fertile throughout the area that is covered by luxuriant vegetation .