Hear about travel to Sardinia as the Amateur Traveler talks to Max Hartshorne from gonomad.com about this off the beaten path part of Italy.
Max says “Italy is full of people going to the ‘big three’. I talked to one of my travel writing friends and she said ‘I’m going to Italy. I’m going to Rome, Venice, And Florence’. Ugh. Not that those aren’t great places but a place like Sardinia is so much more spectacular and so much less crowded. Even on a crowded day, Sardinia will be the third as crowded as anything in Rome or Florence. It’s wide-open, huge. It’s got its own language. It’s got some of the best seafood I’ve ever eaten. The beaches, there’s not a lot of really great beaches in Italy, the Atlantic coast of France is much better. But Sardinia, all the way around you get these spectacular beaches. ”
With Max as our guide we explore places like the Sinis Peninsula on the west coast with its beautiful quartz beaches and its silent towers build to find of Saracen pirates. Phoenician ruins testify to the length of time that the island has been inhabited.
We also talk about the Costa Smeralda (Emerald Coast) where the rich and famous park their yachts. They are attracted by the beautiful azure waters.
Max tells us that Sardinia has wide open spaces, an unusually large number of centenarians thanks to the Mediterranean diet, and its own language (Sard).
Come for the seafood and the beaches but its the people that you may remember… and the seafood, yes always the seafood.
Is Arutas – quartz sand beach
Aga Khan IV
Barbagia Insolita (jeep tours)
Roast Suckling Pig
Festival of Saint Efisio
Fordongianus (Roman ruin)
Municipal Museum Giovanni Marongiu of Cabras
Student Breaks 19th Century Greco-Roman Statue While Taking a Selfie
Sardegna: A Prized Gem of an Italian Island
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Thanks for adding another interesting area to my list of places to someday visit. One reason I hold travel important is that it piques my interest in topics that didn’t hold any appeal before (say during school). It’s one thing to read about something in a text book, but to actually be there gives a completely different understanding. I must admit that except for learning the song in grade school, I didn’t quite appreciate how much the Erie Canal had an impact in our country’s development. I’ve already watched a few Erie Canal documentaries both historical and current, and it’s been fascinating.
One of the things I love about your podcast is that the end of each episode is just a jumping-off point to learn more. Thanks for all you do, and congrats on your 500th episode. (Yeah, I’m a little behind in my listening!) Here’s to 500 more! 😉