As the second largest island in the Mediterranean, Sardegna has over one thousand miles (1849 km) of coastline to enjoy. This coast is a dramatic blend of high rocky cliffs and jewel blue waters over white, limestone sands.

Known to be one of the most ancient lands in Europe, Sardegna reveals civilization as early as 6000 BC. The Phoenicians and Carthaginians predated the Romans who would seize Sardegna from Carthage in the 3rd C. BC and retain control until the fall of the Western Empire in the 5th C. AD. Today's traveler can see shadows of all that greatness.

In the 19th C. the King of piemonte, Savoy and Sardegna, Vittorio Emanuele II would become the first king of a unified Italia.

Tourism is an important element in the regional focus of Sardegna. Ten million visitors will arrive in Sardegna annually. Easily reached by air or ferry, Sardegna has three international airports at Alghero, Cagliari, and Oblia. Sardinian ferry connections with Roma/Civitavecchia and Palermo (Sicilia) are popular links.

The northern coast of Sardegna which faces the Strait of Bonafacio is known as the Costa Smeralda, Emerald Coast. The port of Porto Cervo has been developed in this area as a playground for the rich and famous. Travelers seeking glimpses of ultra-yachts and international celebrities won’t be disappointed with Porto Cervo.

Traveling by road and rail on the island offers many distinct Sardinian flavors. Sardegna is the only region in Italia without high speed motorways. There is an extensive system of roadways, but the max speed is 90 km (56 mph) versus the higher speeds of the peninsula-Italian Autostrada/highways (120 km/75 mph). The rail travel options in Sardegna include narrow gauge tracks and tourism oriented steam locomotives as well as more conventional electrified higher speed trains.

A 15 minute ferry ride off the north coast at Palau, reaches a group of Sardinian islands with pink and white sandy beaches; pink beaches resulting from millennia of wear on the local coral and red granite. La Maddalena is the largest of the seven island group. All offer intensely beautiful coastlines.