Sardinia is the main destination for windsurfing in Italy; Porto Pollo is a perfect windsurfing spot located in the north coast of this island. Windsurfers from all over the world are attracted by the turquoise waters and soft sand beaches of Sardinia. Windsurfing holidays in Sardinia can be experienced for at least 10 months per year, because of the ideal wind conditions this region offers. Sardinia has winds from different directions for each season, and one unique windsurfing style is provided by each wind.
Italy isn’t cheap, although compared with the UK and northern Europe the situation is not so bad. As in the other EU nations, the euro is Italy’s currency. You can change money in banks, at the post office or in a cambio (exchange office). Post offices and most banks are reliable and tend to offer the best rates. Commission fluctuates and depends on whether you are changing cash or cheques. Generally post office commissions are lowest and the exchange rate reasonable Travellers cheques usually bring only a slightly better exchange rate than cash, usually offset by the charges for buying them in the first place. In Italy, you have to keep all the receipts to respect the local authorities.
Situated in the temperate zone and jutting deep into the Mediterranean, Italy is regarded by many tourists as a land of sunny, mild weather. However, due to the north–south orientation of the peninsula and the fact that it is largely mountainous, the country’s climate is variable. The south of Italy and the islands of Sicily and Sardinia have a Mediterranean climate. Summers are long, hot and dry, and winter temperatures tend to be relatively moderate, with daytime averages not too far below 10°C. These regions are also affected by the humid sirocco in summer. The best period to go in Italy is April to June. The weather then is sunny without being stifling, the countryside bursts with spring flowers, and the flood of summer tourism, largely dictated by school holidays, has yet to crash over the peninsula.
No jabs are necessary for Italy. However, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that all travelers should be covered for diphtheria, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella and polio, regardless of their destination.
UK / EU passport holders: A full 10 year passport valid until at least 6 months after date of return. No visa required. Other passport holders: Please check with Italian Embassy (020) 7235 9371.