On the top of the mountain behind it, at an altitude of 1,100 metres, is Sardinia’s ‘highest’ church, Nostra Signora di Gonare. Sarule is famous for its famous Marian sanctuary and sits at an altitude of 600 metres in the heart of the Barbagia di Ollolai. It is home to 1,700 inhabitants. Surrounding town are three calcareous peaks encircled by grey granite: Gonare, Gonareddu and Punta Lotzori. On a clear day you can see the sea both to the west and the east. The town is a farming and shepherding town, they make fine cheese that is famous and exported, just like their olive oil, made from olives that grow on trees hundreds of years old that dot the landscape.