The beautiful Moon Valley (or Valle della Luna) is a stretch of beach dotted with granite rocks and caves that make the landscape look quite lunar, in northern Sardinia’s peninsula of Capo Testa, Santa Tersa di Gallura.
Here you may enjoy what is left in Italy of the “collective dream” that made the so-called “Summer of Love” generation famous all over the world, some fifty years ago.
It was the summer of 1967, and thousands of young Americans flocked to San Francisco in a moment of deep crisis for traditional values in the United States. Moved by Vietnam’s disastrous war and much more, young people publicly protested by bringing to life social coexistence through a common desire for justice, peace, love and freedom.
Psychedelia, sexual revolution, “flower power” were one everyone’s lips. Hippies and counterculture quickly invaded Europe, and of course Italy.
A fragment of that dream is still alive in the hippy community that lives in the Moon Valley year-round.
It is a world of its own, that reminds us of Ludovico Ariosto’s “Orlando Furioso”, in which the famous champion Astolpho visits the Moon, and
His way towards a spacious vale pursues; / A place wherein is wonderfully stored / Whatever on our earth below we lose. / Collected there are all things whatsoe’er, / Lost through time, chance, or our own folly, here.