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LA MADDALENA ARCHIPELAGO

A small galaxy of granite islands dotting the turquoise universe in which they are set, jewels of white and pink sand, Mediterranean maquis and rocks shaped by the mistral wind blowing through the Bocche di Bonifacio.

There are about 60 islands that make up the Maddalena Archipelago, a naturalistic treasure protected by the creation, in 1994, of the first National Park in Sardinia. Already inhabited in the Neolithic era, the archipelago was a hermitage of contemplation for monks and hermits, and was first settled by shepherds from nearby Corsica, before becoming inextricably linked to the military history of Sardinia and Italy as a whole.

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VINO VERITAS

The history of winemaking in Sardinia has ancient roots. Vines were already being cultivated in Nuragic times, thanks to the extraordinary environmental and climatic conditions of the island, and Sardinian wine began to be exported throughout the Mediterranean basin thanks to the Phoenicians.

Much appreciated at Roman banquets, after a period of abandonment of the countryside following the barbarian invasions, production resumed in the Middle Ages, with regulations codified by the ‘Carte de Logo’ promulgated by Eleonora d’Arborea. An uninterrupted growth during the period of Spanish domination and which, at the end of the 19th century, brought Sardinia to have over eighty thousand hectares of vineyards, now down to 27 thousand.

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Nora & Tharros

FASCINATING PLACES: NORA and THARROS

Nora and Tharros share common Phoenician origins, fundamental centres for the trade of this ancient people of the sea, built in strategic positions on even more ancient remains of Nuragic settlements.

Nora, according to the Greek historian Pausanias, was founded in the 8th century BC by Norax, a leader of the Iberians, and is recognised as the oldest city in Sardinia.

Phoenician mariners arrived from the sea, not as invaders, but to trade; they first settled in temporary settlements that were to serve as warehouses for the collection of raw materials.

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FASCINATING PLACES: BOSA

Nestled between the sky and the water, Bosa opens up in an explosion of colours to the eyes of those who, driving along the coastal road from Alghero, discover this village nestled between vineyards and olive groves.

An ancient settlement, it is the only one in Sardinia to have developed on the banks of a river, the Temo, the mainstay of the town and a resource for the commercial exchanges that have always characterised Bosa’s history.

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