• Laurie Pilia

5 Reasons Why I Love Sardinia

You may ask why is Sardinia one of my favorite travel spots....now to be honest I did not know much about Sardinia to begin with....I knew it was in Italy and that the Sardinian's tend to be some of the oldest living people in the world (that's pretty awesome). In 2008 when I met Carlo - the boy from Sardinia who became my husband - I got to experience Sardinia for the first time. So, where is Sardinia?


Sardinia, Italy is in the center of the Mediterranean Sea located below Corsica. Aside from Carlo's family and friends, let me share my top top 5 reason why I love this place.


1. The beaches in Sardinia are breathtaking. The bright blue water and little white mountains make this a place that is unforgettable.

This photo was taken near Spiaggia La Pelosa while on a morning run. Does it get much better than this?

This is me on my first trip to Sardinia. I was and still am in awe of this magical place.

2. The food is Sardinia is SO GOOD. We tend to eat a lot of homemade Sardinian food which is fine by me - Carlo's mom is an amazing cook. Pizza in Sardinia cannot be beat - the preparation is pretty cool to watch as well.

All I can say is YUM! An early morning visit to the pasticceria to pick out pastries. The cornetto con crema is my FAVORITE.

This is a seafood dish that looks and tastes AMAZING!

3. Sardinia is one of the most ancient civilizations in Europe. Everything looks so old compared to the what I grew up seeing. I love the architecture of the cities. This is a photo of my girls overlooking Cagliari, the capital city of Sardinia.

The sun was setting between the buildings and I couldn't resist capturing this magical moment as we walked to dinner.

Castelsardo is a seaside city built on a mountain in 1102. If you look close you will see a castle atop the town. The walk through this town was similar to a mountain hike.

4. As a photographer I can say that Sardinia has some of the best sunsets that I have ever photographed. This photos was taken of my daughter as the sun was setting over the sea.

5. Last, but not least, we have some really great memories playing in the sea. My husband loves to catch sea creatures hence the octopus he caught to show our girls.

The view underwater goes on forever. Meet Mr. Starfish who loves chillin at the bottom of the sea.

We also enjoy swimming in the sea. How's my form?

This list does not really do Sardinia justice but it does capture some of my fondest Sardinian memories. My hope is that you enjoyed learning about Sardinia and someday you can visit! Now I'll leave you with this...


1. The island has an above average life expectancy of 81 years, and has the highest rate of centenarians in the world, with there being 22 people aged over 100 per 100,000 inhabitants.

2. Sardinia’s coastline measures over 1850km long and makes up a quarter of the total length of the Italian coastline.

3. One of the most ancient civilizations in Europe, Sardinia has over 7000 prehistoric archaeological sites still remaining that date from before 1000 BC.

4. It is the second largest island in the Mediterranean after Sicily, and is also the third largest region in Italy, though in terms of population, it ranks just 11th. 5. Asinara, a small island off the coast of Sardinia, is home to a colony of 250 miniature albino donkeys, and remains uninhabited by humans.





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