Snow-white sand and turquoise waters give Sardegna bragging rights as home to Italy’s best beaches, but its rich history and exotic culture and food truly sets it apart

Go for this: Circling the island and discovering the mysterious ancient Nuraghi complexes that date back to the Bronze Age, including Barumini, a UNESCO World Heritage site
But try this: Cooking with nonna in her kitchen and indulging in a feast of fresh pecorino on pane frattau, malloreddus (Sardinian gnocchi), bottarga and lamb stew, washed down with Vermentino and Cannonau
Favorite hotels: Hotel Pitrizza, Hotel La Coluccia, Petra Segreta Luxury Resort & Spa
Favorite guest experience: A private cruise along the Costa Smeralda exploring deserted islands and admiring the jetsetters and their magnificent yachts
Foods: Pane carasau, malloreddus, fregola, culurgiones
Wine: Cannonau, Vernaccia, Vermentino
Best time to visit: April-October