A voyage over an emerald sea, past characteristic coves and beaches of snowwhite sand — this is Sardinia, an island that
strikes its visitors with natural contrasts, the lights and colors of a region that boasts old traditions and a wild and pure nature.
Situated in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, Sardinia is a mainly mountainous region, without high peaks,
with a vast and charming, yet bittersweet, natural environment. In fact, the presence of man does not seem to affect
this territory; great surfaces still preserve their natural composition, luxuriant woods with even millenary trees, small desert
areas and marshes inhabited by deer, wild horses and rapacious birds.
The sea reigns over this region with its colors that migrate into the coves, along the coasts, towards the beaches and the most
popular resorts. An example is the Costa Smeralda (Emerald Coast) with Porto Cervo set as its gemstone and uniting the history and
culture of ancient traditions with a joyful and colourful nightlife. Porto Cervo was named after its enchanting cove that resembles
the antlers of a deer; the Old Port is considered the best-equipped touristic port in the Mediterranean Sea. Porto Rotondo is also a
famous location; it overlooks the wide Gulf of Cugnana and is full of villas and piazzas swathed by such a splendid natural
environment as this.
Those who prefer the mountains can explore the area of Gennargentu, the vastest mountain range in Sardinia; with its peculiar
landscape, it proves that the loveliest painter of them all is Mother Nature herself. This region is rich in flora and fauna,
with its mouflons, golden eagles, Sardinian deer and several other species now threatened with extinction.
Among its wonders, Sardinia offers the visitor the Nuragic complexes scattered all over the territory. These monuments are unique to
the world, testifying to an ancient culture that — though it endured from the 16th to 15th Centuries B.C. still rains rather
mysterious. The Nuragic constructions were built using great blocks of stone and developed around a central cone-shaped tower that
communicates strength and power. These are archaeological sites where it is possible to grasp the archaic charm of ancient rituals
and domestic life. Of these many constructions, the Barumini complex, in the Province of Cagliari, is among the sites in the UNESCO
World Heritage List.
The provinces of the region are: Cagliari (regional capital), Carbonia-Iglesias, Nuoro, Olbia-Tempio, Oristano, Medio Campidano, Sassari and Ogliastra.