James Bond's Lotus in Sardinia

The Costa Smeralda was used as the location for James Bond driving his Lotus Esprit out of the sea in 'The Spy Who Loved Me' in 1977

Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea after Sicily

Up until a few decades ago Euthanasia was practiced on the island by an appointed woman called 'Feminina Accabbadora'

The consumption of beer per capita (60 litres) is double compared to mainland italy

Tiscali was founded in Sardinia and is named after a 2000-year-old Nuragic village hidden in a cave at the top of Mount Tiscali

The research facility at Bonassai was the first place to clone a wild animal - The 'Muflone Sardo' (Wild Ram)

Languages - Italian, Sardinian, Sassarese, Corsican Gallurese, Catalan Algherese, Ligurian Tabarchino

The polyphonic Sardinian style 'cantu a tenore' was proclaimed by UNESCO in 2005 "Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity"

Sardinia produces 60% of Italy's Saffron

Population: 1,675,41

Capital: Cagliari

Land area 23,821 km²

Third largest region of Italy after Sicily and Piedmont and 11th largest in population

Three National parks: Asinara National Park, Arcipelago di La Maddalena National
Park, Gennargentu National Park

Sardinian Coast Line

The coast of Sardinia is 1,849 km long

60 wildlife reserves 
Rocks date from the Palaeozoic Era (up to 500 million years old)

The highest peak is Punta La Marmora (1,834 m), part of the Gennargentu Ranges

Tirso is the longest river 151 km (93.83 mi) long, which flows into the Sea of Sardinia

Provinces: Cagliari, Nuoro, Oristano, Sassari, Carbonia-Iglesias, Medio Campidano, Ogliastra and Olbia-Tempio


Nuraghe is the name of the 8,000 famous archaeological monuments all over Sardinia

Single Females: 8.9%

Single males: 10.1%

Average commute time 31.32

Average life expectancy is 81 years (85 for women and 78 for men). Sardinia shares with the Japanese island of Okinawa the highest rate of centenarians in the world (22 centenarians/100,000 inhabitants). 

Albino Donkey on Asinara

Asinara off the coast of Sardinia is uninhabited by humans but is home to a colony of 250 miniature albino donkeys

The Strait of Bonifacio is the 11 km channel between Corsica and Sardini


D. H. Lawrence wrote 'Sea and Sardinia' in 1921

Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina takes its name from the Virgin of Bonaria in Cagliari.

In 1979 human remains were found that were dated to 150,000 BC

Fortunately Sardinia is not in the top10 corrupt regions of the world but in a respectable 3,898th position according to 'Nation States'