The history of Sardinia dates back many thousand centuries; in fact the first sure traces of human presence date back to the Lower Palaeolithic (100,000 BC), although it was only much later, in the Early Neolithic period (6,000 BC), that permanent settlements were founded. Nowadays, Sardinia is an Autonomous Region of the Italian Republic: as such, it is regulated by the Special Statute (1948) which also lists the reasons which led the Italian government to grant it a degree of autonomy.
The Costa Smeralda is an ideal holiday location with its stunning beaches, superb scenery and great sports facilities. The Costa Smeralda also offers a varied nightlife and boasts a wide range of restaurants and designer shops.
The Euro (EUR), the currency of the European Union, is the official currency of Italy.