Sardinia is the second-largest Italian island and also the second largest in the Mediterranean; it has an area of 23,821 km². It is situated between 38° 51′ and 41° 15′ latitude north and 8° 8′ and 9° 50′ longitude east.

The coasts of Sardinia (1,849 km long) are generally high, rocky and rectilinear for kilometres, though often articulated by promontories, with broad, deep bays and inlets surrounded by smaller isles.

The climate is typically Mediterranean. The weather is usually clear, with approximately 300 sunny days a year. Rainfall is concentrated in the autumn and winter, with some heavy showers in the spring; snow falls on the highest massifs and highlands. The mistral is the dominant wind, fresh, strong and usually dry and cold, blowing from the northwest throughout the year, but most frequently in winter and spring.

The island has all the requisites of paradise: mysterious remains of an ancient civilisation, a spectacular coastline, rugged mountains, magnificent beaches beside clean seas, remarkable wildlife, fragrant herbs, full-bodied red wines and refreshing light whites, suckling pig, lobster, and bottarga (pressed and dried gray mullet roe), not to mention a relatively small population, archaeology galore, museums on a human scale and plenty of genuine folklore.