I did not know much about Sardinia before I heard about Mr. Berlusconci’s predilection for so called “bunga bunga” parties on the island.
So it is Italian, right?
Well, it is primarily Italian, but the city of Alghero has a more Cataln past.
The first Catalans reached Sardinia in the 14th century, when troops sailed from the eastern coast of what is now Spain as part of an expansion into the Mediterranean.
After an uprising slaughtered the forces garrisoned in this northern port on the island, King Peter IV expelled many of the locals. In their place, he populated Alghero mostly with convicts, prostitutes and other undesirables, many of them Catalans.
Today, Alghero is a linguistic anomaly. This walled and picturesque city is, quite literally, the last bastion of Catalan in Italy.
Here is a view of the city
A view by night
And a street scene
Very cool! I must visit.