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veneza
Veneza é daquelas cidades que primeiro se estranha e depois se entranha. Só a partir do 2º dia, finda a romaria poliglota à Ponte de Rialto e praça de S. Marcos,  comecei a deixar-me seduzir pela mística deste local, a ter prazer em não olhar para o mapa e simplesmente ir para onde a curiosidade e o labirinto me levassem. E é assim que Veneza se revela e surpreende, sem pressas, e longe (dentro do possível!), dos locais mais turísticos.

I think Venice is an acquired taste. After the unavoidable tourist walk to Rialto Bridge  and San Marcos Square, with all the other tourists, the second day I stopped looking at the map, letting my curiosity and the labyrinth guide me without rush. It is when the charm of Venice reveals itself and the city gets so much more enjoyable and surprising!

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cala mariolu
The Orosei stretch of coast is marked by a wild scenery and some hidden gems.
Travel along the coast by boat is the best way to discover some of the most beautiful and inaccessible beaches in Sardinia, such as Cala Mariolu, a charming retried of turquoise waters and rugged cliffs.
One of the options for this trip is provided by the Ogliastra Nuovo Consorzio Marittimo. This one-day boat excursion departures from Arbatax. The trip has several stops along the coast in beautiful beaches (Cala Mariolu, Cala Sisine and Cala Luna) and caves (Grotta del Fico and Grotte del bue Marino). The journey is fun, the crew and diving instructors barely speak english, we all communicate with gestures, like italians in general, but everybody is very friendly!
Of course the best and more adventurous option would be to rent your own motorised dinghy (no experience is required!).
Here the mediterranean mountain and sea collided to impress!

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Would we survive in Italy without eating pasta? Of course not!
What about eating some large ravioli stuffed with potato purée and cheese? Simple but superb!
Just ask for the Culurgiones, one of the typical pastas from Sardinia (Ogliastra area).
The one in the picture is from a small ristorante in Tortolì – Il Piccolo.

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If you are looking for a Caribbean like beach in the mediterranean La Pelosa is the one!
The scenery is amazing: white sand and clear waters in all shades of blue! The rocky landscape of the island of Asinara and the Aragonese tower increase even more the beauty of the place. It is a small beach (usually crowded) but the visit is mandatory!

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sebada
Sebadas or seadas (depending on the dialects) are typical pastries from Sardinia, and they are delicious! A soft fried pastry, filled with a delicate layer of goat cheese, covered with honey for a gran final. Feels like heaven in your mouth!

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Ugufolo
Ugufolo
is a charming Bed and Breakfast located a few minutes away from the historic center of Alghero. It has a very cosy environment with only 2 rooms. We stayed in the small blue room, that had a very nostalgic ambiance. The bathroom for this bedroom is outside of the room but it has really nice facilities. There’s no air conditioning in the place though.
Alessio our host was extremely friendly and provided us a lot of advises and all the information we needed to enjoy Alghero and its surroundings. Beyond that, he also prepared a delicious breakfast, served in the terrace, that included home-made cappuccino, home-made yogurt and jam with fresh fruits and some typical Sardinian cookies!
The living room is also lovely and there you can find several art books and touristic information. All this from 25€ a person, I definitely recommend this B&B for a stay.

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La Pavoncella
Located in Tortolì, Sardinia, La Pavoncella is a familiar B&B runned by Anna, a true italian mama!
The family inhabits the first floor and the guests the ground floor. In total there are 3 differently decorated double rooms with bathroom ensuite, air conditioning and tv. We got the “terra” room. It was large, comfortable and fine decorated with traditional Sardinian handicrafts. All was spick and span and well maintained.
The breakfast was delicious; the fruits and cookies deserved a special attention, different every day. You are able to use the fridge of the breakfast room and there is a microwave as well if you need.
Anna, our host was caring and nice and will help you in what you need. Besides that, she has some partnerships with local touristic operators that can provide you discounts. A good value for the money.

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