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Cagliari: what to see

We want to introduce you to Cagliari, a perfect city for those who want to discover and enjoy the best of Sardinian culture.

Sardinia (a fab location easy to reach by ferry) is a lot more in spite of the trendy clubs and luxury yachts, and in recent years finally this wonderful region is appreciated for what it is: a land full of natural beauty, culture and traditions.

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Photo CC-BY-SA Hans Peter Schaefer

Cagliari is the capital of Sardinia; it is a modern city located in the South of the island, in a wide gulf between Capo Teulada and Capo Carbonara. The town sits on a hill, and extends to the sea. The port has a great role in the local economy has always covered. Tourism is currently a great resource for Cagliari, which is very well connected, and with other localities of the island, which with the most important cities of the Tyrrhenian and Mediterranean coasts.

In prehistoric times this area was inhabited; the testimonies of the human presence already at that time have been found in the caves of Cape St. Elias, St. Bartholomew and Poetto.

The Sardinian landscape is increasingly reminiscent of the Nuragic civilization; a visit to the National Archaeological Museum is the first step to better understand the reality of Sardinia. Here you can be admired finds from the copper and iron ages, as well as various objects of Phoenician eras, Punic, Greek and Roman. It can really tell that the museum contains two millennia of history.

The Roman Amphitheatre, with its staircase, bears witness to the presence of the Romans in the third century, as well as the Tigellio house, located not far from the amphitheater, which is close to the Botanical Gardens. The stones of the Roman ruins have been in the past reused in the construction of the various churches.

Inside the cathedral, there is a mix of various historical periods: its construction dates back to the buckets. XII-XIII and style is Romanesque-Pisan. The pulpit is medieval and comes from the Cathedral of Pisa. There are works by the Flemish painter Gerard David; the crypt of the Sardinians protomartyrs is carved into the rock, and there are also the tombs of the princes of the House of Savoy.

The churches are very interesting to visit, as the Church of S.Saturnino, also called the SS.Cosma and Damian, from the fifth century, which is the oldest Christian monument in the whole of Sardinia; it is one of the most remarkable remains of early Christian art in the Mediterranean basin.

Very impressive also the Shrine of Bonaria, a building of the fourteenth century dedicated to Our Lady of Bonaria, the protector of sailors. Inside is a beautiful painting by a Spanish painter “Crucifixion”.

The old city fortifications include the Elephant Tower, built in the early fourteenth century, the Tower of San Pancrazio by 1305, and the Bastion of St.Remy (Terrace Umberto I), with its monumental staircase.

On one side and the other of the city there are the salt pans, always important parts for the city’s economy; adjacent ponds are occupied by thousands of birds: when they fly, they offer an unforgettable show.

If you have the opportunity to drive around, just 14 km from Cagliari, in the hinterland, there is the city of Assemini, very well known for its pottery.

Here we have only a few examples of interesting things to see in the beautiful city of Cagliari, but, once there, it will be easy to discover many more locations and attractions!