Information about Coasta Smeralda resorts, airports, transportation in Sardinia, plus photographs, guidebooks, books and movies
Sardinia Photographs, Museums,
Costa Smeralda, Transportation
Small enough to be classified as an island but big enough to be a universe unto itself, Sardinia lies about 120 miles west of the Italian peninsula. Its coastline is probably Europe's most spectacular. Its waters teem with fish and shellfish. Its broad valleys turn into golden oceans of wheat in summer. Its rugged mountains, pocked with caves, are home to large flocks of sheep that feed on pungent wild herbs and produce a cheese your palate will never forget. Nestled into its silent olive groves are some of the continent's oldest archeological remains, dating back to 1700 BC. Its people speak a language incomprehensible to all other Italians, celebrate more saints' days than anyone else in the nation, and love to dress up in elaborate costumes at the drop of a finely-embroidered hat.
Sardinia is not for the faint-hearted. In summer, the heat can be blistering. Winter winds are some of the most vicious in the Mediterranean. Hotels and restaurants can be either wildly expensive or seriously rustic. Public transportation is unreliable and moves at a snail's pace. Even getting to the island can be a challenge, especially in summer when ferries and planes are packed. Sardinia is for adventurers, for those of us who like to feel we've accomplished something when we travel, those who want to push just a little bit farther than the crowd, those who are intrigued, not frightened, by civilizations that initially may seem inexplicable. Sardinia, it seems, is just the kind of place for In Italy's readers.
- Sardinia's Emerald Coast has long been a favorite of crowned heads, movie stars and millionaires. Be brave enough to drive along this two-day itinerary from Olbia to Stintino and you too will become a fan of the fabled Costa Smeralda.
- Just off the southeastern tip of Sardinia, the island of S. Pietro is a fascinating blend of North African and Ligurian cultures.
- A Photo Album of Sardinia.
- If you think sorcery exists only in Disney cartoons, let Rosemary Torigian tell you about the witches of Sardinia.
- This month, Sims Brannon introduces us to the unique cooking techniques of Sardinia, along with recipes for some local specialties.
- Few foreigners ever venture into the mysterious center of the island, a great place for hikers, birdwatchers and adventurers of every kind.
- Some useful tips for transportation to and from Sardinia.
- Generally speaking, train travel on the island is slow and unreliable. But there's one delightful exception: the trenino verde.
- Because Sardinian dialect is virtually a distinct language, you'll want to take this brief glossary of food dishes with you on your trip.
- No trip to Sardinia would be complete without a visit to the island's unique prehistoric ruins. Members of an obscure civilization built the nuraghe, of which no less than 7000 remain.
- Find the location, zip code, area code, province or region of a specific town.
- Find a flag of Sardinia / Sardegna, along with hundreds of other flags from Italy and around the world.
- Useful WWW links.
- There's a colorful folk festival for every month of the year in Sardinia, with plenty of dancing, singing, pageantry and free food for all.
- The basic facts about Sardinia.
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