The road to Ulassai  17 October 2019  Italy  Sardinia  Ulassai 
 
 
 

We checked out of our apartment in Cagliari then took the train to the airport where we picked up a rental car. From there we drove north for a few hours to the small (1,400 pop) town of Ulassai.

Ulassai

Driving was easy. It isn't that different from Canada. The roads are good, the signage good. Lots more rotaries though. Lots of tunnels between Cagliari and Ulassai, they go through not over. And the drivers, well, the drivers are more aggressive than I'm accustomed.

Ulassai's setting is spectacular, with limestone and dolomite cliffs that tower over head. It turns an architecturally uninteresting place into something quite beautiful.

We arrived in Ulassai about half past two which is mid siesta in every small Italian town. The town looked abandoned, the stores and cafes all closed, an occasional car. The bar was open so we ate a rather sad bar sandwich. This is the "need food between 2 and 5 in a small Italian town" challenge which can be addressed by either planning ahead or lowering your food standards. Today we lowered.

Later in the afternoon the shops opened and we soon observed two types of people out and about, young people who hike/climb during the day and are commonly living out of an RV, and old people. Sardinians are reputed to be long lived. Which reminds me of the place that is said to be home to "the newly wed and the nearly dead".

 
 
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Jerzu      
We passed the town of Jerzu on the way to Ulassai. Jerzu is known for its full-bodied Cannonau red wine, which I happen to be drinking at this moment and which I find to be very good.
 
Jerzu      
We passed the town of Jerzu on the way to Ulassai. Jerzu is known for its full-bodied Cannonau red wine, which I happen to be drinking at this moment and which I find to be very good.
 
Jerzu      
We passed the town of Jerzu on the way to Ulassai. Jerzu is known for its full-bodied Cannonau red wine, which I happen to be drinking at this moment and which I find to be very good.
 
Ulassai +      
The limestone and dolomite cliffs that surround Ulassai make this a popular hiking and climbing destination.
 
Ulassai +      
The limestone and dolomite cliffs that surround Ulassai make this a popular hiking and climbing destination.
 
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The limestone and dolomite cliffs that surround Ulassai make this a popular hiking and climbing destination.
 
Ulassai      
The narrow street skirting the ambulance and mounting the hillside is the recommended route to our b&b.
 
Ulassai      
The narrow street skirting the ambulance and mounting the hillside is the recommended route to our b&b.
 
Ulassai      
The narrow street skirting the ambulance and mounting the hillside is the recommended route to our b&b.
 
Ulassai      
Much of Ulassai hugs the side of a mountain and features narrow and winding streets.
 
Ulassai      
Much of Ulassai hugs the side of a mountain and features narrow and winding streets.
 
Ulassai      
Much of Ulassai hugs the side of a mountain and features narrow and winding streets.
 
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