Sailing holiday in Sardinia
A voyage over an emerald sea, past characteristic coves and beaches of snowwhite sand … this is Sardinia, an island that strikes its visitors with natural contrasts, the lights and colors of a region that boasts old traditions and a wild and pure nature. Situated in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, Sardinia is a mainly mountainous region, without high peaks, with a vast and charming, yet bittersweet, natural environment. In fact, the presence of man does not seem to affect this territory; great surfaces still preserve their natural composition, luxuriant woods with even millenary trees, small desert areas and marshes inhabited by deer, wild horses and rapacious birds.
The sea reigns over this region with its colors that migrate into the coves, along the coasts, towards the beaches and the most popular resorts. An example is the Costa Smeralda (Emerald Coast) with Porto Cervo set as its gemstone and uniting the history and culture of ancient traditions with a joyful and colourful nightlife. Porto Cervo was named after its enchanting cove that resembles the antlers of a deer; the Old Port is considered the best-equipped touristic port in the Mediterranean Sea. Porto Rotondo is also a famous location; it overlooks the wide Gulf of Cugnana and is full of villas and piazzas swathed by such a splendid natural environment as this. Those who prefer the mountains can explore the area of Gennargentu, the vastest mountain range in Sardinia; with its peculiar landscape, it proves that the loveliest painter of them all is Mother Nature herself.
This region is rich in flora and fauna, with its mouflons, golden eagles, Sardinian deer and several other species now threatened with extinction. Among its wonders, Sardinia offers the visitor the Nuragic complexes scattered all over the territory. These monuments are unique to the world, testifying to an ancient culture that - though it endured from the 16th to 15th Centuries B.C. still rains rather mysterious. The Nuragic constructions were built using great blocks of stone and developed around a central cone-shaped tower that communicates strength and power. These are archaeological sites where it is possible to grasp the archaic charm of ancient rituals and domestic life. Of these many constructions, the Barumini complex, in the Province of Cagliari, is among the sites in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The provinces of the region are: Cagliari (regional capital), Carbonia-Iglesias, Nuoro, Olbia-Tempio, Oristano, Medio Campidano, Sassari and Ogliastra
The archipelago of La Maddalena, also called Maddalena Archipelago is a group of islands north-east of Sardinia, off the Costa Smeralda. Among the most important, La Maddalena, Caprera, Santo Stefano, Budelli, Santa Maria, Razzoli, Spargi, in addition to other smaller.
The entire archipelago and its beaches, or is the marine area that Earth's, are fully included within the La Maddalena Archipelago National Park since 1994.
Many islands and islets surround and among these the largest is the island of Sant'Antioco, then follows the Asinara
Sailing holiday in Siclily
Sicily is the largest of the Italian islands, separated from the Continent by the Strait of Messina and surrounded by the Ionian, the Tyrrhenian and the Mediterranean Seas. It is one of the pearls of Southern Italy and can be discovered, understood and experienced through a series of itineraries dedicated to areas of interest ranging from nature to history and traditions.
Nature seems to have endowed all its wonders to this land: mountains, hills and above all the sea, with its incredible colors, its crystal-clear water and the beauty of its seabeds, in no way inferior to those of other seas. Here, the Mediterranean Sea, with its many little islands scattered around the coasts of Sicily - The Aeolians, Egadi and Pelagie Islands, Pantelleria and Ustica - offers unique and the intense sceneries, scents and flavors of uncontaminated nature.
Last but not least, its great volcanoes are symbols of the irresistible beauty and vitality of this incredibly charming region. Fascination for this region grows with treasured archaeological sites that tell the story of the ancient origins of Trinacria (ancient name for Sicily).
The provinces of the region are: Palermo (regional capital), Agrigento, Catania, Caltanissetta, Enna, Messina, Ragusa, Siracusa and Trapani.
The northern coast, high and rocky, open the Tyrrhenian Sea with frequent and wide bays, like the gulfs of Castellammare del Golfo, Palermo, Termini Imerese, Patti, Milazzo and many other minor hosting wide beaches covered with fine sand.The wide gulf of Catania has a golden sandy beach, but at its end the resume and rocky coast with a series of fjords including that of Brucoli. The Gulf of Syracuse resume and sandy coast almost to Cape Passero.
Sailing holiday in Tuscany
Elba and the other islands of
the archipelago (Pianosa, Capraia, Gorgona, Montecristo, Giglio e Giannutri) is
part of the Tuscan Archipelago National Park.
Warm but windy and a beauty and variety of beaches located in its 147 km of coastline.
White sand beaches and granite rocks polished in the west as the beaches of Marina di Campo, Cavoli, Fetovaia, Seccheto and St Andrew; of golden sand in the central and south and the north-west as Procchio, Biodola, Lacona and Lido di Capoliveri;
white pebble beaches on the coast west of Portoferraio that give the sea a great transparency as Le Ghiaie, Capo Bianco, Sansone; and finally beaches characterized by dust and iron ore in the east coast as Terranera and Topinetti.
A Pomonte, from Wreck Beach, you can swim to the Ogliera rock where you can see the wreck of the merchant ship ElviscotTucked along Italy’s idyllic western coast, life in Tuscany is dreamy, slow-paced and seductive.
Rolling fields of Chianti and Sangiovese grapes stretch infinitely into the horizon, dotted with distinguished medieval towns where crafting fine food is not just a necessity, but a true art form.
There is a genuine obsession with food, whether it involves a slow-simmered wild boar ragu or hand-rolled pappardelle pasta with mouth-watering Bolognese sauce, which takes its name from the Bologna region in Tuscany. Speaking of art, Tuscany is the region’s artistic hub, whether you browse Renaissance masterpieces or local boutique racks. Lest you haven’t had your fill in wine country, head to Tuscany’s coastline for glamorous, idyllic beaches.