I’ve traveled extensively throughout mainland Italy over the past 20 years. I love the subtle and sometimes not-so-subtle differences in the regions from north to south and east to west. However, my trip to Sardinia this past November was my first encounter with the island. Italy’s second largest island after Sicily, Sardinia is best known for its...

Barcellonetta, an Italian term meaning small and pretty Barcelona, is the nickname for the city of Alghero, on the Northern coast of Sardinia dating back to the 1372 conquest of the city by Catalans. In this pearl on the Coral Riviera, street names are still written in both Catalan and Italian and there is even a Catalan TV. That ancient domination...

The historical origins of this annual event are uncertain, or at least complex. What is certain is that we are talking about the most colorful and creative party in Italy: Carnival! We accompany you through the 10 best carnivals in Italy among masks, costumes, parades, floats, typical sweets and local traditions. Viareggio (Tuscany) A stone's throw...

On the small, sandy and mountainous island of Sardinia, researchers have found there are nearly 10 times more centenarians per capita than in the United States. They labeled it the first blue zone, an area or region of the world where people live significantly longer-than-average lives. There are now a number of blue zones around the globe, but wit...

2019 was an important year for Italian sport thanks to the many victories achieved at international level by Italian athletes of different disciplines. Seven endeavors, in particular, deserve to be remembered for their historical value. Below are the protagonists of these extraordinary sporting successes. Filippo Tortu, a 21-year-old athlete born i...

In Italy we have a real veneration for St. Anthony the Abbot (not to be confused with Anthony the patron saint of Padua): let’s review the dozens of events organized in his honor on January 17th, the date of his death, from Lombardy to Sicily. And yet, reading some hints of his biography one discovers that the saint has no connection with our count...

In the 18th century, a local fisherman from Sardinia spotted an opening in a cliff side while fishing off the coast. The opening, which is generally a meter above sea level unless waters are rough, turned out to be a beautiful grotto featuring an abundance of giant stalactites and stalagmites. Named after the Roman god of the sea, the local legend...

As I always say, Sardinia is not just sea – and if you are planning to visit the island in the low season, here you can find some advice you should take advantage of. Take part in the carnival. The Sardinia Carnival, on the 16th and 17th of January, is dedicated to the purifying fire, in memory of “Sant’Antoni ‘e su fogu”, who went to take back the...

New York, 1905. Tra i tanti giovani sardi arrivati nella Grande Mela alla ricerca di nuove opportunità c’era anche il ventiseienne Augusto Bissiri. Proveniva da Seui, un piccolo centro della Barbagia Di Seulo, con la valigia ricolma di speranze e di fogli su cui annotava disegni e calcoli: già, perché era un inventore, Augusto. Nel 1906, appena un...

There is a surprising number of 100-year-olds in Sardinia, and the concept of active aging comes from studies looking into this phenomenon. So what are the health secrets for reaching a century? The parts of the world where people can live happy for longer amounts of time are called Blue Zones, and there are very few of them: the Greek island Icari...