Sardinia's History

Unsophisticated tribes lived in Sardinia from 6000BC till 1000BC when the seafaring Phoenicians from modern day Lebanon began arriving. Attracted by the strategic location of Sardinia they prospered but eventually earned the hostility of the locals who attacked them. In defence the Phoenicians invited the Carthaginians to save them which they did. For 271 years a prosperous blend of Punic/Carthaginian and Sardinian culture flourished replaced when Rome arrived in 238BC. Rome’s collapse brought the Vandals in 456 and the Byzantines in 534. Muslim pirates harassed coastal areas until Sardinia became a Muslim Fatimid vassal from 901-1061. Sardinia fragmented with titles and rights over the island passed around until stability returned with Spanish rule from 1323-1720. Italy’s future Royal Family, the House of Savoy received the Kingdom of Sardinia in 1720 ultimately uniting it to the rest of Italy in 1861. Sardinia has enjoyed relative peace since then, escaping serious damage in WWII.

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The long and fascinating history of Sardinia and its many conquests by varied peoples has left its mark on the architecture, language, culture and landscape of beautiful Sardinia. Truly ancient pre-historic sites are scattered all over the island which basks in splendid sunshine, surrounded by the bluest seas with happy and carefree locals revelling in their unique culture. The island missed out on major industrialisation, so agriculture, wine, fisheries, cork production, mining and tourism are very important. Since the 1950’s and the advent of cheap package holidays, Sardinia has become a favourite spot for sun deprived northern Europeans and pale British visitors.

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