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Carloforte, Isola di San Pietro, LocalitÓ Nassetta

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Sardegna with a taste of Liguria

The island of San Pietro represents a peculiar combination of Sardinian nature and Ligurian culture, since dialect, cuisine and traditions have maintained unaltered the imprint of the first inhabitants. A small community from Pegli, in 1542 abandoned the Ligurian riviera, crossed the Mediterranean sea, and settled in Tabarka, just off the Tunisian coast. Driven away from the Muslims, the small community was motivated by Carlo Emanuele III of Savoy to colonize the Accipitrum Insula, the island of Rapaci, on whose coasts landed in now distant 1738.

The Genoese inheritance is tracked down everywhere: the name of the town, Carloforte, is named after a Sardinian king, a statue in his honour stands out opposite the harbour; the smell of focaccia widespread along the narrow alleys; the conversion of the basil leafs into pesto sauce; the naval abilities of its inhabitants; even the profitable art of tuna-fishing was introduced here by the ancestors.

The village in the centre seems to have been stolen from an early century painting: pastel-coloured nineteenth-century buildings, palms, oleanders, pounded iron balconies, tortuous stair cases which meet on the sidewalk of the harbour, regularly crowded with fishing boats.