culturadream Cagliari
The capital of Sardinia: history and art, sea and parks, comfort and good food
Province: Province of Cagliari
Maximum altitude: 10 m a.s.l.
Location: Sardinia Channel
Cagliari’s oldest district. Being one of the 4 historic districts, it brings together the main things to see in the city, such as the Cathedral of Cagliari or the Bastion of Saint Remy. I will tell you more about them a little later in the article. This neighborhood located on a hill was home to the Sardinian nobles and wealthy people. Fortified over time, in particular by the Pisans, the Aragonese and the Spaniards, it was the headquarters of the military, religious and civil authorities. After the Second World War the positions of the main Sardinian institutions were moved here. Discovering its small streets on foot is really very pleasant (access to cars is allowed only to residents). As the neighborhoods overlook Cagliari and the sea, you will be able to enjoy some fantastic viewpoints along the ramparts.
Here are some of the places to visit:
  • The Elephant Tower and the Tower of San Pancrazio, 2 Pisan towers built in the 14th century. It is possible to climb to their top to admire the view, but they may be closed during the visit due to some renovations.
  • Piazza Palazzo: here are the Royal Palace, the Episcopal Palace and the Cathedral
  • The royal palace or Palazzo Vice Regio was the residence of the viceroy of Sardinia and is now the seat of the prefecture. For only € 1.50 you can visit some of his rooms.
  • The Garden Under the Walls: located under the ramparts, it is an excellent place to rest for a while in the shade. From here, it is also possible to take the lift to the Bastion of Saint Remy.
Another of Cagliari’s attractions not to be missed: the Cathedral of Santa Maria. The monument was built in the 13th century but has gradually deteriorated over time. However, the facade rebuilt in the 1930s has maintained the original Pisan style. Inside, the Baroque style dominates thanks to the multitude of frescoes and sculptures. In the crypt, it is possible to see the relics of the 179 martyrs found during the excavations near the Basilica of San Saturnino and also some tombs belonging to the House of Savoy. The most famous work in the museum is certainly the triptych of Clement VII.
The Bastion of Saint Remy is absolutely one of the places of interest in Cagliari. Built to connect the lower and upper parts of the city in the early 20th century, it quickly became the symbol of the old city.To get the most spectacular view of Cagliari, head to the Umberto I terrace. Take a break on one of the benches and enjoy the view! You can also have a drink in one of the trendy bars there.
Don’t forget to relax on Poetto Beach during your trip! It is the closest to the city, you can take your car to get there, parking spaces are available along the beach (the closer you get to the start of the beach, the more likely you are to find a spot). to take the bus from Piazza Matteotti: it will take you there in a few minutes. Poetto beach, with its 7 km of extension, is one of the longest beaches in Sardinia and Italy. Here you will find everything you need to spend a day in complete relaxation: bars, restaurants, vendors of all kinds and private beach clubs to rent sunbeds and umbrellas. The place is very popular with families thanks to its many facilities and its shallow waters.
At the end of the beach, you will find the Sella del Diavolo, a small rocky promontory: perfect for a 2-hour walk (round trip). It’s really nice to walk there and the view of the bay is gorgeous!