Ciclismo Classico Tour Guides Jacopo Montobbio and Renato Matta recently returned from a couple of back-to-back Savor Sardinia Spring trips. Jacopo and Renato share with us great moments on tour----in their most preferred and beloved isle of choice: gorgeous Sardinia!
Read on to hear more about this treasured place, the hottest news, cherished moments on tour and much more...!
"I was born and raised in the Northern region of Piedmont. But, the more trips I lead on the amazing island of Sardinia the more I realized why the people of Sardinia feel so separate from mainland Italy. To describe these people leaves me speechless.
After leading trip after trip this Spring--other than gorgeous, coastal riding, amazing food and wine, etc---my most precious moment are without doubt the moments that were shared between myself and Renato, our guests and the island people--the Sardinians. These people are beyond warm, friendly and kind with tourists, especially the older men and women sitting at the side of the road, or in the main piazzas. They are surprisingly eager to share the story of their lives and their experiences, while offering you an espresso or a cold Ichnusa (Sardinian beer). Anything can happen in the magic and happenstance of a Sardinian piazza, caffè or gathering of local people. Their irresisitible charm, humor and love of life is contageous."
One of our guests summed it up well and mentioned after this last trip:
Sardinia is a feast for body, mind and spirit. Fabulous in every way! -Dorsey N.
Sardinia is an island of many distinct landscapes and a blend of nationalities; from its rugged interior and breath-taking coastline to its diverse blend of Spanish, French, Italian, and Moorish cultures. From myrtle, saffron, and honey to lamb, seafood, and specialty cheeses, Sardinian food features a broad variety of flavors for any occasion. Many traditional Sardinian recipes are simple and straightforward - reflecting the peasant cuisine heavy on legumes, fresh vegetables, olive oil, and many types of breads. However, it is common for Sardinians to celebrate holidays with lavish feasts and special delicacies: suckling pig, lobster, bottarga (Sardinian caviar), and the full-bodied yet natural flavorings of Sardinian sausages. Read more about this amazing cuisine in our previously pubished Guide to Sardinian Food.
In well-known food author Viktorija Todorovska's The Sardinian Cookbook: The Cooking and Culture of a Mediterranean Island she writes: "When I finally visited Sardinia, I found countless fascinating traditions, tantalizing flavors, unexpected combinations, and never-before-seen dishes. They fueled my desire to get to know the island and its people. Around evey corner, in every kitchen, imprinted with the cooking of generations, there lies a new story, a new recipe, a new treasure to be discovered."
Jacopo's native Sardinian co-guide Renato Matta, a long-time Ciclismo leader, shares his thoughts on this savory place: "I’ve seen many beautiful places, but probably my favourite is still my beautiful island. On a mountain bike or on a road bike, the variety of environments, the stunning views, the climate and the great food! Sardinia for me is one of the best destinations for cycling."
A happy Ciclismo guest cycling alongside Renato last week.
Jacopo's co-guide, long-time Ciclismo leader and native Sardinian Renato Matta, shares his thoughts on this savory place: "I’ve seen many beautiful places, but probably my favourite is still my beautiful island. On a mountain bike or on a road bike, the variety of environments, the stunning views, the climate and the great food! Sardinia for me is one of the best destinations for cycling.
Check out additional dates for our 2017 Sardinia Bike Tour:
September 4-9, 2017
October 2-7, 2017