I flew last week from Milan to Olbia on the island of Sardinia. I've wanted to check out this area for several years since I saw pictures on Kathryn's blog of her trips there with her sister. Filippo suggested I stay on a small neighboring island at the north tip of Sardinia that is easily reachable by ferry. It was a perfect idea. The island is really very small (about 10 or 12km from top to bottom) and is part of a small archipelago that sits between Sardinia and Corsica.
I had a little apartment in a quiet residential neighborhood with a clear view straight across to the island of Caprera to the east. There was a trumpet player in one of the nearby apartments who entertained me with his practice every evening while I sat on the terrace eating dinner.
Caprera was my favorite. With the scooter, I could ride 5 minutes across a little causeway to this neighboring island. The entire island is now a national park. But it was for many years owned (yes, the whole thing!) by Guiseope Garibaldi (an Italian war hero who I knew nothing about before coming here). There's a Garibaldi museum there and you can also tour the home where he lived for the last years of his life. Other than that, there is little else. A couple of paved roads and a few more dirt roads take you to to hiking trails that lead up to the tops of rocky mountains or down steep paths to hidden beach coves. I loved it there.
The previous photo was taken from near the top of Caprera looking back to the west toward La Maddalena.