Explore the Magic of Sardinia

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Lamppost and festive banners outside of Saint Anne's Church in Cagliari, Sardinia
Lamppost and festive banners outside of Saint Anne's Church in Cagliari, Sardinia

Italy is high on the list of most popular tourist destinations. In fact, UNWTO lists Italy as the fifth most visited country in international tourist arrivals. If you have ever visited Italy, you know that there is good reason for the high number of visitors. And if you’ve ever visited in the summertime, you know that spring or fall would be better times to visit! In the summer the crowds in hot, humid Italy swell to extreme numbers, crowding the tiny alleyways and causing long queues at every single museum.

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Beautiful bougainvillea always adds to the charm of Italian buildings and it’s no different in Cagliari, Sardinia

Places such as Rome, Venice, and Florence become overcrowded with tourists in the summertime. Even the quaint Amalfi coast and Sicily swell with visitors from around the world. It’s often a challenge to navigate through crowds in the oppressive heat. Not to mention that it’s difficult to sometimes keep an eye on your belongings when there are so many people around.

Go to Sardinia

But while Rome and Venice and Florence get all the crowds, there is a less-congested place to visit due to it’s distance from the mainland and that is Sardinia. While still a part of Italy, it’s apart from Italy and that gives it a quieter feel. If the crowds in mainland Italy are too much for you, why not try visiting Sardinia?

Wash hung out on a balcony to dry
Wash hung out on a balcony to dry

Sardinia has it all

Sardinia has cathedrals, and ruins, and quaint trattorias. It has museums and views and the beach and quiet, colorful alleyways all waiting to be explored.

Wandering down tiny streets is a great way to explore a small island like Sardinia!
Wandering down tiny streets is a great way to explore a small island like Sardinia!

Churches and cathedrals

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The beautiful Cathedral of Santa Maria
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Bastione di Saint Remy
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Saint Anne’s Church
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No matter where you go in Italy, you can find painted ceilings!

Fresh fruit and veggies

You could buy your produce at the store. Or you could buy it off the back of this truck.
You could buy your produce at the store. Or you could buy it off the back of this truck.

Cute balconies and windows

Cute shuttered windows and flowering balconies are so typical of Italy.
Cute shuttered windows and flowering balconies are so typical of Italy.
Fun, colorful banners stream across the courtyards from balconies near St. Anne's Church.
Fun, colorful banners stream across the courtyards from balconies near St. Anne’s Church.

Roman Ruins

Steps down to the Roman amphitheatre in Cagliari
Steps down to the Roman amphitheatre in Cagliari

Great views

Cagliari also has beautiful sea views from almost every vantage point
Cagliari also has beautiful sea views from almost every vantage point

Fun vending machines

You can even find random vending machines along your stroll around town. The vending machines might just also have fabulous sea views.
You can even find random vending machines along your stroll around town. The vending machines might just also have fabulous sea views.

A beautiful marina

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The marina is a nice, relaxing place to stroll and admire all the yachts and boats

Whether you just want to head to Sardinia for a weekend escape from the business of mainland Italy or you want to spend a quiet relaxing vacation there, Sardinia is sure to reward you with warm weather and beautiful views. And with several ferry options from Italy, you have your choice of not only prices but also of travel times. Be sure to check out Sardinia for something new on your next Italian getaway.

Have you been to Italy’s islands? Which one/s did you visit?

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