Clinging to Mount Genna de Crobu at 660 metres above sea level, between spectacular limestone outcrops to the west and the foothills of the Gennargentu to the east, its immense wealth lies in its natural heritage. Belvì, an agri-pastoral town of 600 inhabitants, is surrounded by endless, fairy-tale woodland: forests of holly, chestnut, cherry, homo oak, hazelnut and downy oak trees, with juniper and olive trees growing in the rocky areas. In folk tradition, the forests are inhabited by legendary beings: the Masaschinganna, who scare anyone who enters, and the janas, who spend the daytime weaving domus dug into the rock (in reality, pre-Nuragic burials) and the night-time wandering through the woodlands. In the midst of the lush forests is the Su de Maccioni oasis, Punta Tonnai, the Pitz’e Pranu pine forest (with adventure park) and the Uatzo Forest (with picnic areas), crossed to the north by the Trenino Verde railway. The tourist railway stops off in the old station of Belvì, followed by a panoramic curve with views over the surrounding valleys. Uatzo is the starting point for marked trekking paths: during the itineraries, you can catch a glimpse of eagles and falcons, and hear the crash of mountain springs and streams. There are also plenty of prehistoric sites: the Giant's tomb of Troculu, rebuilt on the Nuoro-Lanusei state road, with a funerary chamber in blocks of granite and exedra with a staired wall, and on the su Pranu plateau, the vast Cuccuru Nolza complex with Nuraghes, built with a four-cornered keep and bastion, and surrounding village.
In the past, the town was the main centre in the area, known as the Barbagia di Belvì. Not under the dominion of feudal lords, up to the mid-18th century it was governed by a representative chosen from among the main families. Its symbol are the unique caschettes, handmade pastries (from the 17th century), once reserved for ceremonies (the bride's pastries), made from violada pastry and filled with hazelnuts and honey, flavoured with orange, that can also be tasted during the town's part of the Autunno in Barbagia event. In the town centre, which still has the original narrow, winding paved or cobbled streets, along with examples of traditional rural architecture, you can visit the parish Church of Sant’Agostino, patron saint celebrated in August, and the Natural Science Museum where you can admire around a thousand specimens of (Sardinian) minerals and 300 fossils, dating from the Paleozoic and Quaternary periods, with arachnids, coleoptera, hymenoptera, lepidoptera and more (including exotic butterflies), around 400 species of Sardinian birds, including extremely rare birds of prey, and 70 mammals, 200 types of marine seashells, madrepores and crustaceans. The museum closes with amphibians, reptiles and fish, with a giant ‘Caretta caretta’ turtle. Other religious buildings include the churches of San Sebastiano and Santa Margherita, celebrated in early June. In the same period, the Cherry Festival is held along with a craft skills show, where you can discover the art of wood carving and iron-working.