facts and history in brief
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Map of Sardinia
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Sardinia is the second largest island in
the Mediterranean Sea, between Italy,
France and Tunisia, south of Corsica.
Sardinia has an area of 24,090 km2
and a population of 1.65 million.
It was called "Ichnusa" by the
Phoenicians and "Sandalyon" by
the Greeks because of its shape,
like a footprint.
Sardinia is an autonomous
region of Italy.
The regional capital is Cagliari.
Sardinia is divided into four
provinces: Cagliari, Sassari,
Nuoro and Oristano; another four
provinces have been proposed:
Carbonia-Iglesias and Medio
Campidano, to take effect in 2005.
The climate is mainly Mediterranean,
with a warm spring and fall,
hot summer, and mild winter.
The official language of Sardinia is
Italian but Sardinian, a Romance language
with Phoenician, Etruscan, and
Near Eastern roots also widely spoken.
Many other dialects, like Gallura
and Sassari, a variety of
Ligurian, and Catalan also
spoken on the Sardinia and the
The Sardinian economy is today
focused on tourism, industry,
commerce, services and information
technology; an increasing income
is coming from its famous
wines and gastronomy.
Hui Chin and I visited Sardinia
during our trip in 2004.
We sailed on a fast ferry from Bonifacio in Corsica,
to Santa Teresa on the northern coast of Sardinia.
Santa Teresa is a very colourful,
quaint little town.
Most of the towns houses are painted in many different
pastel colours, not unlike southern, rural Spain.
After taking time out to explore Santa Teresa and the
surrounding area with went by bus to Olbia, where we,
- after a good look around - caught a train to Calgiari,
the Capital of Sardinia at the southern end of Sardinia.
Calgiari is a very beautiful large city, with some
hills and fortresses around.
There was some "Veteran's Reunion" at the time, which
made the town that much more colourful and exciting
and hotels hard to find.
Some of my photos
taken in Olbia (Click for an enlargement)
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