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Explore Italy in the hottest and brightest season, planning your holiday in one of the charming summer destinations

Where to go in summer in Italy? Relaxation and fun Sunny beaches or quiet mountains. Summer for Italians is more than a season: it is a lifestyle. Enjoy the quiet towns at 2 p.m. and the sunsets by the sea. Listen to the noise of holiday goers at restaurant tables and long night strolls. The summer months in Italy never disappoint, whether you love the high mountains or taking long swims in the clearest waters in the world. Everything will be truly unforgettable.
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La dolce vita on the Costa Smeralda: Porto Rotondo, Porto Cervo and enchanting beaches

La dolce vita on the Costa Smeralda: Porto Rotondo, Porto Cervo and enchanting beaches

A jagged profile of headlands cut through with fjords, in a transparent green and turquoise sea, describes the Costa Smeralda. This stretch of coast extends for a few kilometres along the extreme northeast of Sardinia, between Cala Razza di Giunco and the Poltu Quatu cove. It was developed in the 1960s, when the Arab prince Karim Aga Khan IV, who came there by chance, saw the infinite potential of the abundant and solitary nature, then inhabited by only a few shepherd farmers. Aga Khan, together with other wealthy financiers, founded the Costa Smeralda consortium to buy this short strip of Sardinia and start a large tourist-real estate operation. The coastline saw the construction of villas and buildings well inserted in their natural surroundings, in a style defined as Neo-Mediterranean (or even, Neo-Nuragic), which immediately attracted people of noble extraction or of a certain stature, from Grace Kelly to Greta Garbo, and from Princess Margaret to Gianni Agnelli and Jackie Kennedy. Today, the boundaries of the consortium are widely believed to extend to other locations and beaches, which takes nothing away from the glamorous atmosphere of the Costa Smeralda. It remains an elite destination, with its two designer villages, Porto Cervo and Porto Rotondo, in whose marinas are moored the most incredible yachts. Yetits natural surroundings are still unspoiled and never fail to surprise. Here, where the wind has moulded and smoothed ancient granite rocks and bends and shapes the low Mediterranean scrub. Here, along a strip of small gulfs with coves and predominantly white sandy beaches, accessed along faint paths through the vegetation and bathed by a crystal sea.
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