Modern Times

In many ways, Sardinia is a modern island: regional specialities are a successful export, and Cagliari has established itself as a renowned science centre in the field of neuroscience and DNA research. Its cultural heritage is also protected.


Modern Sardinia: a holiday paradise and centre of science

Sardinia is one of the oldest parts of the world – today, however, the island is one of the most progressive regions in Europe. Modern technologies have made it possible to connect the island to international markets, and today both the famous Sardinian sheep’s milk cheese Pecorino and exceptional Sardinian wines are sold all over the world. Turriga, a red wine from the Argiolas winery, was awarded with the Italian ‘Wine Oscar’ in the year 2000 and is now a firm feature on all prestigious wine lists.

Today, Sardinia is also internationally renowned for its scientific research. The capital, Cagliari, hosts the Institute of Neuroscience headed by the famous pharmacologist Ginaluigi Gessa. In Pula, Carlo Rubbia, director of CERN in Geneva, runs a research and technology park. In Perdasdefogu and Talana, two smaller villages in the interior of the island, DNA is examined in an attempt to determine the reasons for the longevity of the indigenous population. The two universities in Cagliari and Sassari now have more than 65,000 matriculated students from all over the world.

Also in terms of mineral deposits (including silver, lead and zinc), Sardinia is unique and makes for a real treasure trove for geologists. The Geo-Mining Historical and Environmental Park is of particular importance in this sense, and has been named a cultural heritage of humanity by UNESCO.