Sardinia is the second-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and an autonomous Region of Italy. It is located west of the mainland and is inhabited by over 1.5 million residents.
Spanning about 200 by 100 Km in size, it features over 250 beaches along 2,000 Km of coastline. The island has a Mediterranean climate along the coasts, plains and low hills and a continental climate on the interior valleys and mountain ranges.
Sardinia is one of the most geologically ancient bodies of land in Europe. The island was populated in various waves of emigration from prehistory until recent times by Phoenicians, Vandals, Romans, Arabs, Frenchs, Spaniards and Pisans.
From about 1,500 BC onwards, villages were built around round tower-fortresses called “nuraghi”, existing in Sardinia only. Today, some 7,000 nuraghi dot the Sardinian landscape. It is believed that the Nuragic people are identifiable with the Shardana, a tribe of the “Sea Peoples”.
Sardinia was at the time at the centre of several commercial routes and it was an important provider of raw materials such as copper and lead, which were pivotal for the manufacture of the time.
Sardinia has a famed coastline with turquoise waters which attracts throngs of holiday-makers every year. With three international airports and ferries from mainland Italy, it is a very accessible tourist destination.
Every summer gossip magazines are full of photos of Italian and international celebrities partying, swimming or hanging out on huge yachts in the exclusive resorts of the Emerald Coast.
Meat, fish, crustaceans, dairy products, grains and vegetables constitute the most basic elements of the traditional diet. Suckling pig and wild boar are roasted on the spit or boiled in stews of beans and vegetables, thickened with bread. Herbs such as mint and myrtle are used. One of the most renown foods would be “pane carasau” the flat bread of Sardinia, famous for its thin crunchiness.
The famous home-made ritual bread is prepared on religious celebrations and special occasions such as weddings, All Saints day, Easter and Christmas.
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