Already known in Roman times and used as an arrival point and loading dock for the granite extracted from nearby caves, modern-day Porto Rotondo, or, as the locals call it ‘Poltu Ridundu’, originated in 1964 thanks to Conti Nicolò and Luigi Donà dalle Rose. Their profound love for nature and art led to this breathtaking natural inlet being transformed into a port and a village full of fine architecture and works of art, making this a unique place in the Mediterranean. The conservation and protection of Porto Rotondo are ensured by a consortium, formed in 1969 and financially supported by property owners. Its objective is to offer Porto Rotondo residents and guests the highest quality of life possible. The port was built in 1978 and quickly became one of the busiest in the region. Since 1985 it hosts the Porto Rotondo Yacht Club, an elegant venue for sailing and cultural events. In 2007 the ‘Fondazione Porto Rotondo’ is instituted, representing the town’s rich artistic heritage and promoting its continual growth.