Ortobene, a Cycling Treasure on Efix’s Route

Ortobene is a mountain in the province of Nuoro, in central Sardinia, Italy, close to the town of Nuoro and one of the main location across Efix’s Ride.

Ortobene
Ortobene

There are two main parks: “Sedda Ortai” and “Il Redentore”. At the feet of the mountain is a nuraghe archaeological area including the Domus de janas tombs. On the mountain’s top is the bronze “Statue of Christ the Redeemer” by Vincenzo Jerace (1901).  On the mountain stands the small Church della Solitudine, built in the 1950s on the site of an ancient 17th-century church very dear to the famous writer Grazia Deledda.

This granite mountain has many boulders and rock pinnacles, a significant number of which look like animal and human shape.

Flora of the Ortobene include mostly holm oaks, while wildlife include Sardinian wild boar, weasel, marten, garden dormouse, Sardinian fox, European hare, Barbary partridge, great and lesser spotted woodpecker, Eurasian jay, blue rock-thrush, wood pigeon, Dartford warbler, goshawk, Eurasian sparrowhawk, common kestrel, peregrine falcon and golden eagle.

The road to climb Ortobene is a wonderful journey offers a beautiful view over the valley and amazing scenery.

Grazia Deledda, Nobel Prize in Literature in 1926, wrote about Mount Ortobene:

No, it’s not true that the Ortobene can be compared to other mountains; there’s only one Ortobene in the whole world: it’s our heart, it’s our soul, our character, everything big and small, kind and tough and rough and sorrowful in us.

Sunrise from Ortobene - Efix
Sunrise from Ortobene – Efix’s Ride Sardinia

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