WELCOME TO SARDINIA!
Sardinia is the second-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, and one of the 20 regions of Italy. It is located west of the Italian Peninsula, north of Tunisia and immediately south of the French island of Corsica. It is one of the five Italian regions with some degree of domestic autonomy being granted by a special statute.
Its official name, Autonomous Region of Sardinia, is bilingual in Italian and Sardinian, Regione Autonoma della Sardegna / Regione Autònoma de Sardigna. Owing to the variety of Sardinia’s ecosystems, which include mountains,woods, plains, stretches of largely uninhabited territory, streams, rocky coasts, and long sandy beaches, Sardinia has been metaphorically described as a micro-continent.
In the modern era, many travelers and writers have extolled the beauty of its long-untouched landscapes, which retain vestiges of the Nuragic civilization. Sardinia shares with the Japanese island of Okinawa the highest rate of centenarians in the world (22 centenarians/100,000 inhabitants). Sardinia is the first discovered Blue Zone, a demographic and/or geographic area in the world with an oversize concentration of centenarians and supercentenarians.
The city where guests will lodge for the PTPI EU Conference 2023 is Alghero, in the North West of Sardinia.
The northwest coast of Sardinia has its own scent, that of the sea combined with the rocks, of clumps of myrtle shaken by the wind, rock rose and strawberry tree, that you find in the area’s exquisite honey.On this coast the sea is king, with its colours it licks the white beaches and offers up its prized fish to embellish the tables.
Alghero, with its 44,000 inhabitants, it is the 5th largest city of Sardinia. Alghero is the island’s main harbour town, home to Fertilia airport and one of its best-loved cities for the popular walkway along the port’s bastions, the red roofs that touch the sky and the gorgeous natural bay that flows into the emerald sea.
The shoreline is some 90 km long and known as the Coral Riviera, home to a major colony of the finest coral. The historical centre is the city’s most interesting area, a labyrinth of narrow streets that connect piazzas bustling with life. The yellow walls and ancient houses echo the Catalan origins of the city. The program also includes a visit to the city of Sassari, about thirty minutes away from Alghero.
Sassari, an ancient Città Regia ( Royal City) rich in histroy and art and the most important point of reference in the north Sardinia due the economic and cultural activities concentrated there, as well as a town in which numerous famous Italian personalities were born. Also home to the oldest University in Sardinia, established between 1562 and 1627.
The program also wants to include a visit to Badesi, one of the island’s most renowned tourist destinations, graced with charming coastal villages and fun attractions, Badesi sits at the eastern edge of the Asinara Gulf on the northern shores of Sardinia.