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Homes in Sardinia

One of the Mediterranean’s most beautiful and unspoilt places, Sardinia enchants every visitor - from the yacht-riding celebrity to the eco-tourist, from the history buff to the beach bunny. There’s property here to suit every budget, says Fleur Kinson.

Enjoying a splendid position in the centre of the western Mediterranean, just south of Corsica and a few splashes northwest of Sicily, Sardinia is the Med’s second largest island. And some say it’s the loveliest place in the whole sea. It’s hard to argue with that when you behold the island’s gorgeous landscapes - many as pristine as if they’ve just been newly washed for your benefit. Salt-white and amber-gold beaches are lapped by crystalline water of turquoise, cobalt or pale emerald. Moving back from the sand, wind-sculpted rock formations cede to dainty cork forests and pretty pinewoods. Further inland, vineyards and olive groves meet sunblonde fields while dreamy round hills and low mountains appear in the distance. Underfoot, the island’s characteristic macchia (an underbrush of myrtle, juniper, rosemary and lavender) perfumes the air as you crunch across it.

Sardinia’s unspoilt natural environment owes a lot to the island’s low population density and to its laudably sensible approach to touristic development - in essence, ‘let’s only build small and nice so we don’t spoil the very charms that bring people here in the first place.’ Sardinia has no big cities and no vast sprawling resorts. Communities are real and very friendly. Sardinians themselves are particularly kind and gentle people, often quieter and less excitable than the traditional southern Italian stereotype. They just want to feed you delicious food and see you enjoying their beautiful, unspoilt island.

The island’s nuraghi are unique in the world
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About Italia!

We have a sparkling line-up of absorbing features for you to enjoy this month. We start in Trieste, a city whose remote location is no hindrance to its elegant aspect and rich cultural history. Moving west, we head to Venice, which despite the exceptional acqua alta last November is most assuredly ‘open for business’. The silk mills of Como are our next stop, to discover the proud manufacturing traditions of this luxurious and ethereal fabric. You’ll also enjoy sustainable hospitality at Borgo Pignano in the Tuscan heartland and take a gentle hike around medieval Orvieto too.