Sardinia, Italy’s second largest island, is most famous for its posh hotels and jetsetting visitors. The Costa Smeralda (Emerald Coast) is filled with celebrity visitors each summer. And why not? The beautiful turquoise water is warm and inviting. Those interested in Italian history may want to visit the island of Caprera, Garibaldi’s final resting place. Further west, the town of Alghero has cobblestone streets and the influences of the many peoples who have lived in Sardinia over time. On the southern coast, Cagliari, the region’s capital, offers Roman ruins and beaches. Don’t miss the nuraghi, cone-shaped stone huts, which date back over 3,000 years.

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