Nuoro is defined as “the Athens of Sardinia”, for having given birth to about 80 notable artists, writers, and politicians who lived between the 19th and 20th centuries.
The following are just a few names: Grazia Deledda, Nobel Prize for Literature in 1926, Sebastiano and Salvatore Satta, Franceco Ciusa, Antonio Ballero, Attilio Deffenu, Giorgio Asproni, Francesco Bandino, Pietro Borrotzu, Raffaele Calamida, Gian Pietro Chironi, the painter Congiu Pes, Francesco Cucca, Pasquale Dessanai, Menotti Gallisai, the musician Priamo Gallisai, the singer Antonietta Chironi, Francesco Ganga (known as “Mastru Predischedda”).
Nowadays, Nuoro has prestigious museums and theatres, as well as historical and artistic-cultural sites such as the Museo del Costume, the Contemporary Art Museum “MAN”, the Deledda Museum, the ISRE, but also Nuragic buildings and pre-Nuragic tombs called “domus de janas”, to mention a few. Today, the capital of Barbagia offers valuable cultural, social, and artistic events (Sagra del Redentore, Jazz, and others). In the field of education, there are many excellent public and private schools for children from 0 to 18 and a University.