It is situated on the slopes of the Mount Limbara massif, inside a lush basin filled with cork oaks, Mediterranean shrubs, vineyards and granite masses, half an hour from Gallura’s enchanting sea. Monti, a town in the Monte Acuto historical territory with a population of 2500, is known for its vineyards producing vermentino, the only Sardinian wine to have (since 1996) the Denomination of Controlled and Guaranteed Origin, the highest recognition earned by a local wine. In August, a festival is held to celebrate this prized white wine with a subtle but intense aroma that pairs to perfection with fish dishes. Speaking of cuisine, the sa suppa, a day-old spianata (flatbread) seasoned with cow-milk cheese and grated sheep milk cheese, and drowned in mutton broth, is a local pride and joy. Other characteristic dishes include maccarrones de manu nostra, hand-made gnocchetti, tattalliu, spit-roasted offal, ‘baci d’angelo’ and sa niuledda sweets. In addition to food and wine, the territory boasts architectural, natural and archaeological attractions. The town’s historical centre still contains buildings with granite ashlars. The bell tower of the 17th century Parish of San Gavino is of particular note. South of the town, extends the Forest of Monte Olia, a natural park of holly and common oaks, strawberry trees and heath sheltering an oasis for wildlife repopulation: roe and red deer, mouflon and rare birds of prey, such as falcons and buzzards.