Italy Travel Notes presents: By Kirk Friis
The majestic island of Sardinia is located off the west coast of Italy just below the island of Corsica. The second largest island in the Mediterranean it runs approximately 250 kilometres from north to south and 110 kilometres from east to west. Italian is the main language of this vastly diverse island although various regions of the island have traditional languages of their own from Catalan in the region of Alghero through to Campidanese in the south.
The landscape of this stunning island is incredibly varied, from white sandy beaches on the coast to the mountainous terrain in the central parts of the island. From cities like Cagliari in the south to old coastal towns like Alghero in the north you will find a varied array of architecture and culture. In the region of Nuoro,at the heart of Sardinia, you will find villages and towns 800 metres above sea level that have been completely untouched by the course of time. In the northeast of the island lies the famous Costa Smerelda (the emerald coast) playground of the rich and famous. The island is also peppered with a vast array of archaeological remains including the Nuraghes, (a stone tepee like structure) which are among some of the oldest constructions known to man.
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Italy Travel Notes presents: Harwood E Woodpecker
Equidistant from the Italian mainland and the Tunisian coast, Sardinia is, in the words of D.H. Lawrence, “lost between Europe and Africa and belonging to nowhere”. Sardinia has it’s own dialect of the Italian language and distinct customs, the island boasts a fiercely independent character while remaining unmistakably and vividly Italian.
There is nothing particularly run of the mill about Sardinia, it really is a unique jemstone in the Mediterranean.
As the Mediterranean’s second biggest island after Sicily – though with less than a third of Sicily’s population – Sardinia encompasses a range of diverse faces, from the sleek yachts of the fabled Costa Smeralda to the simple shepherds’ society of the mountainous interior. The fact that you can pass from one to the other in less than an hour is part of the island’s appeal.
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Italy Travel Notes presents: by Levi Reiss
If you are looking for fine Italian wine and food, consider the Sardinia region of southern Italy. You may find a bargain, and I hope that you`ll have fun on this fact-filled wine education tour.
Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean, located in the Tyrrhenian Sea west of mainland Italy. Sardinia`s terrain is mountainous, and its beaches are excellent. Sardinia is known for archeological ruins and has become a tourist destination for the international jet set. Because of its exceptional location Sardinia has always popular, Invaders include Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, and Spaniards, without mentioning numerous Italian peoples. During part of the 18th and 19th Century it was united with the northern region of Piedmont in the Kingdom of Piedmont-Sardinia. The population is about 1.6 million.
Sardinia`s administrative center is Cagliari, an ancient university town on the southern coast of the island. Its population is approximately one hundred sixty thousand. The famous author D. H. Lawrence compared this beautiful city to a “White Jerusalem“. Another city of interest is Sassari, which has the best collection of Sardinian art.
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Italy Travel Notes presents: By Kirk Friis
The Catalan town of Alghero is located on the Northwest coast of Sardinia. Known throughout the world for its stunning beaches and characteristic old town centre it is fast becoming one of Europeâ€™s holiday hotspots.
Alghero is an old fishing town that has embraced the tourist industry with two very large arms. Sprawling out along the coast line Alghero offers the tourist both the opportunity of a beach holiday or a small city break.
If you are looking to just relax and be somewhere that you can walk out the door and be on the beach you must stay in the Lido area. The Lido is Algheroâ€™s own beach that runs all the way form Alghero to Fertilia, a small hamlet of Alghero. There are a number of hotels located in the area with sea views and private sun beds on the beach for residents. In the summer months the Lido comes to life with a number of bars, restaurants and pizzerias either on the beach or in the area and when the sun goes down you can find live music and parties on the beach.
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Italy Travel Notes presents: By: Michele De Capitani
Cagliari is the capital of the island of Sardinia, a region of Italy.
Cagliari is renown for its open and friendly international people, art museums and Art Galleries, the sea, the movida and cheap lodgings, classic itineraries and a lot more to make a visit worth wise.
Cagliari’s Sardinian name Casteddu literally means the castle.
In general, Flashbooking guides have been written for giving the essential information about the most visited cities in the world and in particular for any traveller or first-time visitor.
It has about 160,000 inhabitants, or about 350,000 including the suburbs.
For a short visit, a week-end, a city break, these free pocket guides are useful printable and downloadable tools available online.
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Italy Travel Notes presents: by Kirsten Hawkins
The island of Sardinia perhaps most quickly conjures up the idea of sardines. A small island off of the western coast of Italy, it certainly incorporates seafood in to much of its regional cuisine. However, Sardinia has such a rich and various history that it bears little resemblance to the traditional idea of Italian cooking. Like many other Italian regional cuisines, Sardinia`s regional taste is often a surprise for a palette that is expecting red sauce and parmesan cheese to be the beginning and end of traditional Italian cooking. While it is a region of Italy, Sardinia`s history is shared with explorers of many European nations, such as Greece, France, and Spain. This diverse history of people shows in the traditions and culture of this isolated island destination.
While, being an island, seafood, especially shellfish, plays a large part in the regional cuisine of Sardinia, very few Sardinian meals do not incorporate lamb, a rich resource in the mountainous inland of the island of Sardinia. In addition to the lamb`s meat, a favorite of Sardinian chefs, very few meals are complete without the company of sheep`s milk and wild fennel. Stews and roasts are popular choices for the people of Sardinia. Looking at any Sardinian recipe, it is easy to see that the cuisine of this hilly island is a veritable stone soup of the many different cultures that have passed through the island over the years.
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Italy Travel Notes presents: By Kornelia Wallon
Among the best known Sardinian paste are malloreddus. They are made from semolina and warm lightly salted water, which in the best Sardinian gastronomy tradition are flavoured with saffron. They look like an empty shell and are characterised by small rises obtained by rolling small pieces of pasta in the bottom of a basket.
There is also fregula which are small hand made balls of pasta which are toasted in an oven. They are very good in soup or seasoned with fresh sausage and tomato.
Pillus is a semi-fresh pasta similar to “tagliolini” which is cooked in beef or sheep stock served on a bed of fresh sheep’s cheese.
Panadas are salted cakes which, depending on the area, are stuffed with meat or stewed eels, or with game (partridge, wild boar or hare).
Sardinian hard (wild) landscape is characterized by mountain chains, massifs, tablelands (plateau), Campidano plain and by rivers. Some artificial lakes and numerous ponds, soften Sardinian view. Sardinian coasts are full of beaches, mortises and cliffs which are lapped by the blue water of Sardinian sea. Many caves show their treasures of stalactites and stalagmites to the visitors. Mediterranean scrub, oleasters and ficodindia prevail in Sardinian landscape.
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Not long ago, when couples chose to get wed outside of their hometowns, it was because they wanted to run away from family issues. Now, it has become a trend for couples who yearn to make their wedding day unique, more memorable and one for the storybooks. With such high expectations, many couples find their hearts in Sardinia, Italy.
In general, Italy attracts thousands of couples interested in getting married abroad. The country’s rich and delightful culture, together with unmatched Italian cuisine and hospitality, make Italy the perfect romantic destination. Sardinia, a Mediterranean island in South Italy, is no exception.
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Cycling is a great way to get out of the gym and stay in shape. This cardiovascular activity strengthens your leg and abdominal muscles. However, if safety precautions are not heeded, a cyclist can find himself in danger.
You probably considered the opportunity to cycle in Italy. Sardinia is one of the best destinations. This type of activity is first of all healthy, competitive and nowadays even cheaper. Rennrad Sardinien means Sardinian racing cycle in German. Sardinia is an extraordinary Italian destination for tourists. Many cyclists are coming yearly to join the adventure in Sardinia. Sardinia is a very varied mountain bike area for beginners as also for progressing. Many trails on macadam and nature ways as well as numerous kilometers on single trails guarantee a varied and an exciting bike week.
Five led daily routes between thirty km and seventy km in Sardinia become strength classes offered, from comfy to sporty. Depending on strength classes the routes are differently long and technically difficult.
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Thanks to the Mediterranean’s picturesque coastlines and lush green terrains, Sardinia has become a paradise for golfers around the world. The bright blue skies and the stunning backdrop sceneries are sure to spoil tourist veteran and amateur golfers.
Il Golf Pevero is located in the posh Costa Esmeralda in the north of Sardinia, 32 kilometers north of Olbia. When Aga Khan first saw the space of the bay of Cala di Volpe, he said it would be a perfect spot for a great golf course. It was an understatement: today Il Golf Pevero is considered to be one of the world’s most magnificent golf courses.
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