A rugged interior, a breathtaking coastline, centuries-old traditions, and proud people in love with their land: This is Sardinia, the second largest island in the Mediterranean and one of the oldest lands in Europe. Today, Sardinia is part of Italy. But the many invasions it saw over the centuries left a strong mark on the island’s culture, creating a fascinating blend of Spanish, French, and Italian influences—and a dash of Moorish. It is rightfully described as the least Italian of all Italian regions, but that description doesn’t do it justice. Sardinia is Sardinia, and everything on the island speaks to that. From its jetsetting Emerald Coast (Costa Smeralda) in the northeast to the rugged interior, each piece of this enchanting land is different and tells stories of conquest, perseverance, and pride.