The majestic Monastery of the Carmelitane Scalze (Barefoot Carmelites) has been defined as a “marvellous miracle of Divine Providence” and sits alone, silently on Cuccullio hill, three kilometres outside of Nuoro. Its French architect, Savin Couelle, designed it to house 24 monks and was one of the forefathers, if you will, of the Emerald Coast. He was enamoured of Sardinia and did not leave it, desiring to repay his debt for the hospitality he had received by creating (of his own volition) another masterpiece. The bulk of the monastery looks like a castle on a hilltop, grandiose outside, poetic inside.