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Maria Sole Ferragamo’s secret information to Sardinia

Maria Sole Ferragamo’s secret guide to Sardinia


I’ve been going to Sardinia each summer season since I used to be 9 months outdated to go to my maternal grandparents in Cannigione within the northern a part of the island. Once I was about 10, my father determined to purchase a shipyard, Nautor’s Swan, which has held regattas right here ever since. Now I reside in Milan and discover Sardinia to be the right weekend getaway.

Ristorante da Tonino Re di Tavolara
Ristorante da Tonino Re di Tavolara

I’ve sailed throughout the island – it’s a beautiful manner to see the seashores and distant villages. I’ve additionally explored the hinterlands by bike, as soon as travelling 270km down the east coast – after which again up the west coast. At one level, I used to be stunned to discover myself in a mountain chalet in an space referred to as Gennargentu, which has the best peaks on the island. It’s what makes Sardinia so particular. Yow will discover mountains, forests, seashores and lakes that are distinctive to this place. I particularly love the cork timber. They’re sustainable as a result of the cork is shaved after which grows again; it’s a materials I’m fascinated by. My grandfather used cork for his unique wedge sneakers and I’d like to include it into my jewelry designs.

Ferragamo at an exhibition of Sardinian handicraft carpets made by Mariantonia Urru
Ferragamo at an exhibition of Sardinian handicraft carpets made by Mariantonia Urru © Alessandra Scoppetta
Franco and Giacomo Loro Piana’s Sease store
Franco and Giacomo Loro Piana’s Sease retailer

Costa Smeralda might be probably the most well-known half of Sardinia – I’m notably conversant in Porto Cervo. There are, after all, stunning seashores, eating places and golf equipment right here, however there are additionally quiet spots with spectacular sunsets.

The harbour itself has been up to date and now consists of the New Port in addition to the unique Previous Port, with a ferry operating between the 2 in summer season. The brand new aspect – the Promenade du Port – is the place to search out great outlets together with considered one of Franco and Giacomo Loro Piana’s Sease shops, for crusing gear, and Milan gallerist Rossana Orlandi’s Sardinia house. On the outdated aspect you’ll discover the Yacht Membership in addition to a retailer run by Italian crusing model Slam. For fruit and cheese one of the best market might be the Thursday one in San Pantaleo, about 20 minutes away.

Gallerist Rossana Orlandi’s Sardinia space
Gallerist Rossana Orlandi’s Sardinia house
The summer 2022 exhibition in Rossana Orlandi’s Sardinia space
The summer season 2022 exhibition in Rossana Orlandi’s Sardinia house

From Porto San Paolo you may see the majestic Tavolara Island, which is barely accessible by boat. There’s a beautiful restaurant referred to as Ristorante da Tonino Re di Tavolara that you must e-book effectively prematurely, and which serves unbelievably recent crudo. 

One other beautiful port is Porto Rafael, a small village simply 30km away from Porto Cervo, and in addition simply accessed by boat. The busy piazza is stuffed with cafés and it’s the right place for an aperitivo. 

Maria Sole Ferragamo at Villasimius harbour
Maria Sole Ferragamo at Villasimius harbour © Alessandra Scoppetta

The south of the island is my favorite space. I like to remain at Faro Capo-Spartivento, in Chia, initially constructed as a lighthouse within the 1850s. It’s respectful of the panorama, and its water is heated by photo voltaic panels. There are a number of suites within the lighthouse in addition to on the surrounding property, and it feels very intimate. Then there’s the village of Villasimius, simply an hour from Cagliari, recognized for its seashores and archaeological treasures. I at all times advocate a keep on the Falkensteiner Resort Capo Boi, set on a white-sand seaside within the marine reserve of Capo Carbonara. La Vela restaurant with its views over the marina at sundown is a favorite of mine.

Faro Capo-Spartivento, originally built as a lighthouse in the 1850s
Faro Capo-Spartivento, initially constructed as a lighthouse within the 1850s © R Patti
The terrace at Capo Spartivento
The terrace at Capo Spartivento

Sardinian delicacies is stuffed with selection. Within the city of Carloforte, on San Pietro island, they’re well-known for his or her tuna and the freshest bottarga. Everybody ought to attempt a Sardinian seada, a scorching pastry made with cheese and honey. And I extremely advocate attempting the meals at an agriturismo – these locations have mounted menus and also you begin with cheeses, meats and pane carasau – a skinny, crispy flatbread that’s particular to Sardinia – adopted by Gallura soup (a form of bread lasagne). You will roll out the door, however it’s value going not less than as soon as. 

Maria Sole Ferragamo at the Falkensteiner Resort Capo Boi
Maria Sole Ferragamo at the Falkensteiner Resort Capo Boi © Alessandra Scoppetta

April is a superb time to go to, as is November. And though peak season is after all hectic, even in busy August, you can nonetheless discover locations which might be tranquil. The Rolex Swan Cup often takes place each two years, and is occurring once more this September. It’s magnificent to see 100 Nautor’s Swan sailboats multi function place, racing across the Costa Smeralda. At this time of yr, the crowds skinny and the days are a bit shorter, and Sardinia’s rocks seem much more pink and orange than regular. 

British Airways flies from Heathrow to Olbia from about £115 and to Cagliari from about £78



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