See Ogliastra: Ulassai, a town full of surprises

In an area covered with Mediterranean scrub, oak, bushes, lentil and broom woods, lies Ulassai, a small village of approximately 1600 inhabitants.

Try it for yourself:

Maria Lai Art Station

In Ulassai you can find Maria Lai’s “Art Station” museum, which brings together a considerable amount (around 140 pieces) of her work. Thanks to exhibitions in the United States and other prestigious European events, Maria Lai is considered one of the most important artists in Sardinian history.

The fundamental break in her vocation was her extraordinary “Legarsi alla montagna” in 1981, in which, in an interpretation of an ancient local legend, all the homes in the town and surrounding mountains have been bound by a heavenly ribbon for over ten kilometres. Following that first project, in the years to come, many others made it possible to establish the town of Ulassai as a true open-air museum of contemporary art. Travelling the Ulassai area means living a powerful artistic experience.

Santa Barbara Waterfalls.

At the top of Ulassai in Ogliastra, rise the majestic Tacchi, in turn covered in luxuriant vegetation, from which numerous springs emerge. These, in periods of increased rainfall give rise to extremely appealing waterfalls, only in the hot summer months and times of drought does the gush of water from these imposing rapids noticeably diminish, which pour into the valley below into a myriad of ponds lining a stunning landscape. Just above the Lecorci waterfall, at the base of the Tacchhi, is the opening to “Su Murmuri” Cave, one of the largest and most spectacular in Europe.

Su Marmuri cave

The Su Marmuri cave is considered one of the most impressive in Europe, due to its kilometres of length, and average height of 35 metres.

The cave’s recess is sunken into the Ulassai Tacco, the limestone range which overlooks the town: the entrance opens onto a steep detrital slope, made easily accessible thanks to a 200 step staircase. Su Marmuri is a cave which is still alive: this means that its concretions continue to form.

The largest hall is the Grande Sala: with a rectangular shape, it is 72 m long and 30 m wide. In the Sala dell’Organo, the forms of the concretions are similar to the pipes of an organ. The Sala del Cactus is characterised by the presence of two tall stalagmites, which resemble the well known exotic succulents. The other rooms are: the Sala dei Pipistrelli, the Galleria delle Vaschette and the Sala Terminale. The inside temperature is constantly around 10° C.