Nuoro is considered the heart of the island. The impressive massif of Gennargentu is the most rugged and wild natural environment of the island, a nature reserve where the forests of the holm oaks and cork oak have never undergone invasive interventions by man and in which the shepherds led a hard life, almost to the limits of survival. So much so that the area is, with the passage of time, gradually depopulated, while maintaining a wild look for those loving to engage in hiking and outdoor activities. The town of Nuoro has ancient origins as evidenced by the nuraghe and the nuragic village of Tanca Manna and was until a few decades ago, a pastoral community that has experienced an important urban development in the thirties. Almost all the town has developed in the decades around the Corso Garibaldi, still very lively in the evening. The city has great cultural wealth, thanks to the Nobel Prize for Literature Grazia Deledda, to which was dedicated a Museum, the poet Sebastiano Satta, the sculptor Ciusa and lawyer Attilio Deffenu. Currently, in the city center, there is the Man, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Museum of Arts and Popular Traditions with over 8,000 exhibits including traditional costumes, tools, amulets, musical instruments and other typical objects of the life and traditions of the hinterland. For lovers of nature, a few kilometers from Oliena, on the slopes of Supramonte and near the right bank of the river Cedrino, there is the karstic spring of Su Gologone , established as a natural monument in 1998 . While, the park Badde Salighes is located in the municipality of Bolotana , and is a very important site from the point of view of nature. Finally, do not miss is Su Gorropu, a deep canyon located in the Supramonte, which marks the border between the towns of Orgosolo and Urzulei, and is the largest canyon in Europe, created by the steady erosion of Rio Flumineddu.