Islanders insist a daily glass of red wine – locally produced Cannonau has very high levels of antioxidants – is one reason for their longevity. The average life expectancy in Sardinia is 86 years for women and 78 years for men.
Sardinia – Been There

Sardinia's secret recipe for living longer

Photo by Jurjen Drenth

Sardinia – Been There Sardinia's secret recipe for living longer

Pietro Lilliu waits outside his house in Ussaramanna, in the center of the Marmilla, and welcomes me with a strong handshake. We go for a drive on a dirt track up a hillside to have a look at his vineyards.

Teo Butturini
Teo Butturini Travel Writer

Pietro says, "We don’t have much rain in this part of Sardinia, but we found a way out of this problem. It took some years to prepare the soil, but now it’s dry only on the surface, while underneath it’s still humid. Can you see?”

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Around 700 Giara horses, a breed native to the island, roam wild on a plateau in southern Sardinia. A breeding program, along with the steep terrain and isolated location, helps to protect these hardy and sure-footed miniature horses. Photo by Francesco Pistilli

Francesco Pistilli

Francesco Pistilli

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Around 700 Giara horses, a breed native to the island, roam wild on a plateau in southern Sardinia. A breeding program, along with the steep terrain and isolated location, helps to protect these hardy and sure-footed miniature horses.

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