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Porto Cervo, the capital of the Costa Smeralda, needs no introduction, for more than fifty years the most affluent people in the world have spent their summers in this spectacular zone.
Created from the start to accommodate a particularly discerning clientele, the resort was designed by leading architects and urban planners of the 1960s, including: Luigi Vietti, Michele Busiri Vici, Jacques and Savin Couelle, Peter Schneck, Gerard Bethoux, Jean Claude Lesuisse, Enzo Satta and Giuseppe Polese.
These visionaries, who designed magnificent villas and beautiful hotels which melt into the surrounding area, created a style of architecture that has been copied worldwide. Do not miss a walk in the "Old Port", the "Piazza" and be sure to visit the Church of Stella Maris.
PortoRotondo, south of Porto Cervo, is one of the most important tourist destinations for the Italian and international elite. Situated around an almost circular natural bay, called by the locals "Poltu Ritundu", it was founded by the Venetian counts Nicolò and Luigi Donà delle Rose in 1964.
The village grew organically, expanding with the inspiration of current trends but always with a view to quality.
The vision of the two brothers was that PortoRotondo would become a "milieu" of artists and intellectuals, and the first to respond to the invitation were the sculptors Andrea Cascella and Giancarlo Sangregorio, then came Ceroli, Renato Guttuso, Emanuel Chapalain and many others.
All have helped make PortoRotondo one of the most elegant and picturesque vacation villages in the Mediterranean.