Travel Amazing place: the Colosseum in Rome

'I'm the sort of person who would rather wear one T-shirt for the whole holiday'

Undercurrent of change at Barcelona’s Trofeo Conde de Godo

The results sound great, two seconds and a first for Niklas Zennström’s Rán in the TP52s and three firsts for Tony Buckingham’s Soto 40 Ngoni, but there is a strong undercurrent of change at Barcelona’s Trofeo Conde de Godo in the shape of grand prix racing in the Mediterranean.

Parents can relax while their children take part

Scrum in the sun in Sardinia

Forte Village Resort has enlisted the great and the good of English rugby to teach its younger guests this summer

Archaeologists and conservation experts on the Italian island of Sardinia have pieced together thousands of fragments of smashed sculpture to recreate an army of life-size stone warriors

Prehistoric cybermen? Sardinia's lost warriors rise from the dust

An elite force of  prehistoric warriors – carved from solid rock in the western Mediterranean 2700 years ago – is rising from oblivion.

Sanya rejoins Volvo fleet as race heads for Malacca Strait

The full complement of six will be on the start line Sunday in Male in the Maldives, the secret safe haven being used by the Volvo round the world race, for the re-start of the third leg to Sanya on Hainan Island in China.

Accabadora, By Michela Murgia, trans. Silvester Mazzarella

Michela Murgia's novel has been an immense success in Italy, where it has won six literary prizes. Accabadora is a Sardinian term for an angel of mercy who tends the chronically sick and dying, acting as a kind of midwife with eternity in view. The accabadora here is Bonaria Urrai, a seamstress unable to have children. Bonaria adopts the six-year-old Maria Listru, whose widowed mother Anna Teresa can no longer afford to raise her. Maria thus becomes a fill'e anima, a soul-child, the fruit of Anna Teresa's womb and Bonaria's loving spirit.

Man who 'provided women' for Berlusconi is held for blackmail

The businessman who allegedly supplied Silvio Berlusconi with women for his parties in Rome and Sardinia has been arrested on charges of blackmailing the Italian premier.

Spectacular racing on final day of Sardinia Trophy

A one-two for Audi-sponsored boats in the Audi-sponsored MedCup crowned some spectacular and close racing on the final day of the Sardinia Trophy.

Travel Challenge: Late availability this summer

Every week we invite competing companies to offer us their best deal for a specific holiday. Today: a week's holiday anywhere in Europe during the school summer holidays. Prices are for two adults and two children.

All4One cements lead at the Audi MedCup

Multiple Olympic champion Jochen Schumann is on a charge in Italy. After a patchy performance in the opening pair of regattas, two firsts and two thirds in the opening five races of the third not only consolidated the lead of the Franco-German All4One but confirmed that grit and grip have been applied in liberal quantities.

Quantum dominates on second day of the Sardinia Trophy

Picking themselves up, dusting themselves down, and starting all over again, the American team Quantum banged in a second and a first on the second day of the Sardinia Trophy, the third of five regattas in the Audi MedCup series.

Conditions make for a choppy start to the Sardinia leg of the Audi MedCup

The Bay of Angels was in wicked mood for the start of the Sardinia leg of the Audi MedCup, a mid-strength Mistral wind mixing a cocktail of gear-threatening conditions and changing fortunes.

Untamed indulgence: Julie Burchill is seduced by Sardinia

Beautiful? Enigmatic? A test of your (almost) vegetarian principles? Sardinia is all these things, say <b>Julie Burchill</b>

Abbey Clancy marries Peter Crouch

Abbey Clancy tied the knot with Peter Crouch yesterday.

'What I drank on my holidays': The best wines to sip in the sun

Sampling the local wines is one of the great pleasures of visiting the Mediterranean

Traveller's guide to Sardinia

Tucked deep into the jagged fjords of Sardinia's north-eastern tip lies some of the most expensive real estate in the Mediterranean, the Costa Smeralda (Emerald Coast). In high season, three-storey yachts putter around pools shimmering a kaleidoscope of azure hues, oligarchs occupy faux Arabian villas, and trophy wives glide from boutique to boutique. The result is a pseudo-idealised Mediterranean village, the artificiality of which allows scarcely a bougainvillea out of place. This Moorish-kasbah-meets-Mykonos wonderland is the island's most famous attraction. Yet it has almost nothing to do with the rest of Sardinia.

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