10 GREAT THINGS TO DO IN CAGLIARI
discover Sardinia's capital
Are you planning a visit to Cagliari and looking for things to see and do? Well, look no further.
In this article, you’ll learn about different activities and sightseeing places around town.
HOW TO GET THERE?
The town of Cagliari is very well connected to its airport via a 15 minutes drive with public buses and trains.
Also, the central bus station in town is right in front of the train station. Both of them are located centrally, at the beginning of Via Roma in the Marina district. That’s a perfect spot for exploring everything the town has to offer.
WHERE TO SPEND THE NIGHT
Cagliari has a large number of hotels and B&B right in the centre of town. Even if walking distances seem short – and they are – remember that the town is built on a hill so you’d be probably walking up with your luggage if your accommodation is in the Castello district.
Lodgings, in general, are fairly priced and cleanliness is to be found everywhere. Always check the ratings and reviews when booking.
HOW TO GET AROUND
The best way to move when exploring the town is on foot. All attractions are centred in the Castello district or in the adjacents district of Marina – the port-front borough – and Stampace – the old Pisan-founded district behind the central train station.
You may reach Poetto Beach by bus, there are different lines connecting the central Via Roma with it.
If you are thinking about exploring other parts of Sardinia, your best choice is a rent-a-car. The most convenient place to get one is Cagliari’s Airport.
HOW MUCH WILL I SPEND?
Although how much you will spend depends on personal discretion, you will find prices for accommodation are average, and prices for food cover the whole spectrum from cheap to high depending on the place you choose.
Museums and sightseeing are usually very cheap, particularly if you opt for a packaged offer or combined ticket.
WILL I BE SAFE?
Yes, you will. This doesn’t mean that there are no pickpockets at all but if you keep your valuables close to your body you will be perfectly fine.
As for unforeseen emergencies, hospitals in Cagliari are very good and if you have National Health coverage in your country of Provenance, remember that as part of the EU you are covered in Italy as well.
If you are travelling from outside the European Union, please contact your health insurer or your travel agent for your best option.
IS CAGLIARI AN ANCIENT TOWN?
Cagliari is a very ancient town. The first human settlement traces date back to the Neolithic Age (12.000 years B.C.). It first becomes a village under the Phoenicians (8th/7th century B.C.) and continues to evolve under the domination of Carthage (6th century B.C.).
The Romans will equip the town with roads, squares, water distribution networks and amphitheatre.
After the fall of the Roman Empire, most of the population transferred to Santa Igia to the inland in order to escape attacks by Moorish pirates.
It will be only under the Pisan domination between the 11th and 13th century that the town will populate again, after the construction of defensive structures, walls and towers.
The Spanish domination from the 14th to the 17th century will consolidate the role of the town as Capital of Sardinia, later confirmed by the Piedmontese domination in the 18th century.
After the completion of the unification of Italy in 1871, Cagliari grew with new buildings – one of the most beautiful ones being the white marble City Hall near the port in Via Roma.
In short, Cagliari really is a complex town, with a rich historical heritage.
WHAT IS CAGLIARI LIKE?
And suddenly there is Cagliari: a naked town rising steep, steep, golden-looking, piled naked to the sky from the plain at the head of the formless hollow bay.
It is strange and rather wonderful, not a bit like Italy.
The city piles up lofty and almost miniature, and makes me think of Jerusalem: without trees, without cover, rising rather bare and proud, remote as if back in history, like a town in a monkish, illuminated missal.
One wonders how it ever got there. And it seems like Spain – or Malta: not Italy.
It is a steep and lonely city, treeless, as in some old illumination. Yet withal rather jewel-like: like a sudden rose-cut amber jewel naked at the depth of the vast indenture.
D.H. Lawrence, Sea and Sardinia (1921)