Positioned on the edge of a 900-metre high plateau and surrounded by dense forests, natural monuments of granite and springs, Lodine is a small town in the historic region of Barbagia di Ollolai. With just 350 inhabitants, it has been an independent municipality since 1988. The beauty of the territory is striking, being embellished by the Lago di Gusana - shared with Gavoi - whose waters turn an intense blue in the winter months, running between the Littederone and Nodu sos Arcos mountains. The artificial basin is the perfect destination for passing hours of utter relaxation, canoeing, horse riding and fishing trips (which can also be enjoyed in the Gosogoleo river). In the surrounds are holm oaks, downy oaks and Mediterranean scrub, which host rare species such as the Corsican red deer.
The economy of the town is based on the cultivation of grains, vegetables and fruit trees, along with animal farming. Typical of the old town are the houses covered with Sas Teulas (tiles), cooked in the same ovens as the bricks used for the flooring and arches of the noble houses. The upper part of the village is dominated by the Church of San Giorgio Martire, built in stone in the 16th century with a single nave and a rectangular hall featuring pointed arches and small side chapels. The statue of the saint on horseback takes pride of place on the altar. The door is preceded by a short staircase that overlooks the piazza of the same name, the ‘living room of the village’ with a view of mountains and a lake. The former parish church has been replaced by the current modern Parish church of San Giuseppe. Near the piazza are the remains of the Nuraghe de Sas Trintas Battaglias, with a single-tower, also called Lodine (from which comes the name of the village). A significant religious hub is the Benedictine monastery Mater Unitatis, located just outside the village. Held in mid-September is the festival celebrating the patron saint. One of the most loved events is the Fuochi di Sant’Antonio Abate in mid-January, where typical sweets such as Su Papassinu Biancu, Nigheddu and Sas Caschettas can be savoured. Characteristic is the carnival, Su Harrasehare lodinesu. In mid-August, there is the festival of San Liberato. In the countryside is the Santuario della Madonna d’Itria. Located on the Pratobello plateau, celebrations with novena and horse races are held here at the end of July. Next to it is the necropolis Domus de Janas of Uniai, comprised of six of the eleven hypogeic tombs of the entire Lodine territory. Amongst the pre-Nuragic sepultures, those of Iscritzola are a must to be visited. Besides the ‘local’ Nuraghe, close to the inhabited area of the town, there are another eleven structures plus two Tombs of Giants. The most important complex is the archaeological area of Soroeni, with remains of a Nuraghe with a surrounding village, inhabited since the end of the Bronze Age until the Iron age and comprised of numerous huts built with small boulders, some resting on rocky outcrops. The construction techniques are similar to those of the complexes of Genna Maria in Villanovaforru and Sant’Imbenia in Alghero.