Nurallao (Nuràdha in Sardinian language) is situated in the middle of the Sardinian region Sarcidano, 80 km from Cagliari, along the street 128, and it represents a divide between the wide plain of the region Campidano and the typical agropastoral inland territories. This small town, which has about 1500 inhabitants, is sheltered by two calcareous hills (Cruccurìga and Tàccu). Its territory has several nuraghes, an important holy well temple dating back to nuraghic era (in Nieddìu), a megalithic tomb in Aiòdda, and other marks of the roman era.
North of Nurallao, in a territory full of luxuriant woods of oaks and olm oaks, there is the park Funtana de Is Arinus, with beautiful waterfalls along the river Sarcidano in “Su craddaxioleddu” where crystalline waters make this place a fantastic attraction for many visitors. There are several lime kilns dotted around and also a number of clay deposits, which testify the hard work of the people of Nurallao in ancient times, who thanks to these resources produced tiles, bricks, jugs, vases and bread-making bowls.
Nurallao’s calendar has numerous religious and entertainment events. Every year, in January, on 16th and 17th, Saint Antonio Abate is celebrated, with traditional big bonfires in different parts of the town. In May, in the Park of Funtana is Arinus the Sheep Feast is celebrated in conjunction with the Fest of the farmers’ patron (Saint Isidoro): horses, carts and richly decorated agrimotors parade through the streets, livening up the town. On 29th June the town celebrates the patronal festival of Saint Pietro Apostle. In July there is the important “International Folklore Festival”, which takes place in F. Orrù Square. In August the Festivity of the Drivers, dedicated to the Madonna of the Street attracts many visitors and believers (the festivity started in 1972 thanks to the presence of many drivers and hauliers in the town). In the homonymous church, along the street S.S. 128 at the 53+850 km, there’s the final stage of a pilgrims parade, which takes place on 11th August.