Sardinia - The Playground of the Rich and Famous

Sardinia is often regarded as the playground of the rich due to the location of the famous glamorous beaches of Costa Smeralda on the island of Sardinia which are populated by the world’s jet set during the summer months of July and August. However, there is much more that this island offers to a tourist other than gorgeous beaches and turquoise waters. Sardinia is the second largest in the Mediterranean. The novelist D.H. Lawrence visited this wild and wonderful island in 1912 and remarked that Sardinia is lost between Africa and Europe and belongs to none. He was inspired by the rugged landscape and the island’s 1800 kilometer coastline to write his novel ‘the Sea and Sardinia.

The Earthy Tones of Siena

Art students would recognize this city instantly by the earthy color pigment that they use. Burnt sienna comes from clay from this region and can be seen in old stone buildings of the city. Siena in the region of Tuscany, Italy is surrounded by olive groves and the vineyards of Chianti. Nestled among three hills, the city is connected by winding alleyways and steep steps. Famed for the Palio, it is also home to one of the oldest Universities in Europe. The city is a tourist haven and a market for the wine and marble produced in the area.

Siena is said to be founded as early as the third century B.C., when the Etruscans founded what the Romans called Saena, a small castle at the top of the highest hill in town, now called ‘Castelvecchio’. Legend says that twins Senio and Ascanio, fed by a she-wolf, founded the city and named it in honor of Senio, favorite of the gods.