In a region covered with Mediterranean vegetation, forests of oak, arbutus, mastic trees and gorse, there Ulassai, an Ogliastrino small village of about 1600 inhabitants.
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Art Museum of Maria Lai
In Ulassai there is the museum "Station of the art" of Maria Lai which collects a significant part (approximately 140) of his works. Thanks also to the exhibitions in the United States and in other prestigious European events, Maria Lai is considered one of the artists more important in the history of Sardinia.
Fundamental moment of this vocation was the extraordinary intervention "Bind to the mountain" of 1981 in which all the houses of the village and the surrounding mountains, inspired by an ancient local legend, were tied with a blue ribbon along more than ten kilometers. At that first intervention was followed, in the years to come, many more such as to the country of Ulassai as a veritable outdoor museum of contemporary art. Walk through Ulassai actually means to live an important artistic experience.
Falls Santa Barbara
Towering over Ulassai in Ogliastra you will see rising the imposing Tacchi, themselves covered by luxuriant vegetation where numerous springs emerge. During periods of heavy rain they give rise to extremely evocative falls, only in the summer months, the hottest season of the year, greatly decreases the jet of water of these imposing rapids, which drop down into the valley below in a myriad of ponds that dot an amazing landscape. Just above the waterfall of Lecorci, at the base of the Tacchi, is the Cave of "Su Murmuri", among the largest and most spectacular in Europe.
Caves Su Marmuri
Cave of Marmuri is considered among the most impressive in Europe thanks to its kilometer of long and an average height of 35 meters.
The hollow of the cave is carved in the heel of Ulassai, the limestone massif overlooking the village: the entrance opens onto a steep slope made easily walkable because covered by a staircase of 200 steps. Su Marmuri is a cave still alive: this means that the concretions continue to form.
The largest room is the Great Room: has a rectangular shape, is 72 m wide and 30 m long. Organ Hall in the concretions are similar to organ pipes. The Hall of the cactus is characterized by the presence of two high stalagmites reminiscent of the famous exotic succulents. The other rooms are: the Hall of the Bats, the Gallery of the trays and the room Terminal. The internal temperature is constantly on 10 °.