Bono is located 536 meters above sea level, at the foot of Mount Rasu. It currently has a population of approximately 3,300 inhabitants. inhabited since prehistoric times, the territory of Bono is characterized by a grat variety of landscapes, extending from the Tirso valley to the top of Mount Rasu whose peak of “Sa Punta Manna” is 1259 meters high. The surrounding area is particularly interesting from a naturalistic point of view: there is the largest specimens reach 16 meters in height and have a diameter greater than meter. There are centuries-old yews, rare endemics, oak forests and mixed formations of holm oak and cork oak. A short distance from the town are Monte Pisanu adn “Sa Puntighedda” rest area from which you can go for long walks in contact with nature. At the former barrack of the Monte Pisanu Forestry Corps, at an altitude of 861 metres, various tree species have been planted such as the Atlantic cedar, the downy oad, the giant thujas and among them a notable example of silver fir emerges. near the town there are various nuraghi, the typical stone buildings in the shape of a truncated cone, typical of the Nuagic era.
During the Middle Ages Bono belonged to the Giudicato of Torres and precisely to the curatoria of Goceano together with the neighboring towns. In the first decades of the 12th century all of Sardinia was enrched with churches, monasteries and castles and Bono also had the new church, in Pisan Romanesque style, today the parish of San Michele Arcangelo, his convent considered one of the oldest in Sardinia and a few kilometers away is the Castello del Goceano. Under Spanish domination bono followed the fate of the rest of Sardini: depopulation and economic depression; but, in 1721, after the cession of the Kingdom of Sardinia to the Savoys, the situation improved with a notable increase in agricultural activity. In 1796, following the participation in the anti-feudal uprisings of giovanni Maria Angioy, a local native, the center was attacked by Piedmontese troops who, after bonbign it, concquered it. The Bonesi waited for the soldiers on theri way back, attacked them and took several prisoners.
At the beginning of the last century the town was the provincial capital for a few years, then it was included in the province of Sassari, although today it maintains greater cultural and economic relations with the one of Nuoro. The local economy is mainly agro-pastoral although there is also a discreet presence of craftsmanship represented by iron and wood working and weaving and bread making. An excellent wine is produced that warms the souls of visitors, Bono is in fact also a very welcoming town where guests can easily feel at home. Furthermore, we note the attachment to local customs, in fact several folk groups are present and during the year the traditional festivals linked both to the cycle of the year and to the churches present in the town are revived.
The equestrian culture and care of the horse is particularly felt, in fact, the religiosus processions ae accompanied by local kights on festively adorned horses and the acrobatic performaces called “pariglias” take place in the town in honor of the Saint “Raimondo Nonnato”. Jockeys from all ove Sardinia compete in races in the municipal hippodrome, attracting visitors from all over the region, but also connoisseurs of the peninsula.