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On leaving China to travel back to Morocco, Ibn Battuta made a brief visit to Sardinia. This was the only Latin Christian destination that Ibn Battuta visited. Sardinia is a part of Italy and a large island in the Tyrrhenian Sea, a part of the Mediterranean Sea. An excellent destination for those who love water sports and seaside vacations, Sardinia is a great place to visit. Travelers visiting the island will definitely enjoy their stay and some fabulous natural scenes. The island boasts of a coastline 1,849 Km in long.

Cagliari is the capital of Sardinia and also called the "City of Sun". Nearby, the Poetto Beach is about 8 km long and travelers can enjoy a range of water-sports activities and swimming, though it may be crowded since it is a well-known tourist attraction. The best places to enjoy shopping in Cagliari are Via Roma, Via Manno and Largo Carlo Felice. The city has a few historic sites and an archaeological museum for travelers to visit.

Alghero is one of the most amazing places in Sardinia. The town has some of the most picturesque beaches. The Palazzo d'Albis is a historical site worth visiting. The Neptune's Grotto is also a wonderful place to visit. Scuba diving, rock climbing and mountain biking are some of the fun activities that visitors can enjoy during their stay in the city. Travelers could also shop for silverware and red coral jewelry during their stay in the city.

Olbia is a beautiful village and a ferry port. The town is the gateway to one of the most visited resort areas of Europe, the Emerald Coast. Budoni is one of the best places to enjoy the beautiful Mediterranean Sea.

The island has beautifully preserved natural areas. There are three national parks on the island including Arcipelago di La Maddalena National Park, Asinara National Park and the Gennargentu National Park.

Some of the dining specialties of Italy include Culurgiones, Malloreddus, a variety of pizzas, Stufato di capretto and pesce azzurro. The deserts, pastries and breads of Sardinia are also quite popular. Halal food can be difficult to find in Sardinia. It is better to have vegetarian food or enquire with locals about the availability of halal food.

The capital city Cagliari has a Muslim Association and many masaajid can be found. Most of the Muslims in Sardinia are immigrants from Egypt or Morocco.

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Italy Info

COMMERCIAL/ ADMINISTRATIVE CAPITAL: Rome

GEOGRAPHY

Located in Southern Europe, Italy comprises a number of islands. The country has a total area of 301,230 km².

DEMOGRAPHY

A population of close to 60,700,000. Muslims account for about 0.1% of the population

CLIMATE

Highly diverse, the climate of Italy can range from humid and hot to wet and snowy depending on the location.

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

Italian is the official language. English is widely spoken as well.

LOCAL TIME

UTC +1
Summer: UTC +2

BUSINESS HOURS / HOLIDAYS

Government Offices: 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM & 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM Monday to Friday.

Shops in Italy are usually open from 9 AM to 1 PM and 3 PM to 7.30 PM, Monday to Saturday.

New Years: January 1st
Epiphany: January 6th
Labour Day: May 1st
Republic Day: June 2nd
Christmas Day: December 25th

CURRENCY

Italian Lira

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

12  - Telephone Directory Assistance Number
112 - Carabinieri
113 - Emergency Police Help Number (also ambulance and fire)
115 - Fire Department
116 - A.C.I. (Italian Automobile Club) road assistance.
118 - Medical Emergencies

 

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