One of the largest islands and the second largest overall in the Mediterranean Sea, Sardinia is an autonomous region of Italy. It is also one of the most oldest, inhabited islands, with recent discoveries proved that people (our forebearers) were living here some 150,000 BC or even from before that.
Sardinia is one of Italy’s two regions whose native inhabitants are categorised as ‘popolo’ or ‘distinct people’, that is, they are culturally and genetically different from those at Italian mainland and even from residing at other islands. The other region, whose people are also known as distinct people is Veneto.
One major recognition that this island is bestowed upon is that it is home to one of the oldest forms of Vocal Polyphony, more generally known as Canto a Tenores. Several notables of music like Frank Zappa, Ornette Coleman and Peter Gabriel had found this genre irrestible.
Home to another unique instrument, called the launeddas which is a triple clarinet – a wooden wind instrument consisting of three pipes. It at least, dates back to 8 century BC. Sardinia also contains numerous and brilliant tourist areas that include Costa Smeralda and Gennargentu.
Costa Smeralda or the Emerald Coast, is a coastal area in the north of the island. With countless number of quaint villages and beaches, it is a very alluring region. A number of rich European and Arabian VIPs are frequent travellers to this region. It is also an archaelogical-rich area with sites inlucding Li Muri, Nuragici People’s ‘Tomba Dei Giganti’ (Giants’ Tomb).
Gennargentu on the other hand is a mountainous area, in the province of Nuoro. The highest peak is called ‘Punta La Marmora’ and is also the highest point on the whole island.
Overall, Sardinia is particularly famous for its countless beaches, and other various places such as small coastal towns and archaelogical ruins.