Cagliari is a small city immerse in the Mediterranean Sea, in the beautiful island of Sardinia.
Cagliari’s Sardinian name Casteddu means castle.
It has about 155,000 inhabitants, while its metropolitan city (including Cagliari and 16 other nearby municipalities) has more than 431,000 inhabitants.
It is the 26th largest city in Italy and the largest city on the island of Sardinia.
An ancient city with a long history, Cagliari has seen the rule of several civilisations.
Under the buildings of the modern city there is a continuous stratification attesting to human settlement over the course of some five thousand years, from the Neolithic to today.
Historical sites include the prehistoric Domus de Janas, very damaged by cave activity, a large Carthaginian era necropolis, a Roman era amphitheatre, a Byzantine basilica, three Pisan-era towers and a strong system of fortification that made the town the core of Spanish Habsburg imperial power in the western Mediterranean Sea.
It has been the capital of the Kingdom of Sardinia from 1324 to 1848, when Turin became the formal capital of the kingdom (which in 1861 became the Kingdom of Italy).
It is also the seat of the University of Cagliari, founded in 1607, which counts:
- 6 Faculties
- 17 Departments
- 38 three-year degree courses
- 37 master’s courses
- 6 single-cycle courses
- 35 specialization schools
- 16 doctoral courses
- 12 active masters
- Over 1,000 teachers
- Over 25,500 students
What to visit in Cagliari
Cagliari is a beautiful city, and September is a great time to visit it due to the warm temperature.
It is pretty easy to walk to the most important attractions.
Otherwise, a well-organized bus system is present to cover up the main parts of the city.
- St. Remy’s Bastion
- Bonaria Cathedral
- Devil’s saddle and Poetto Beach
- Roman amphitheatre
- Cagliari’s Cathedral
- Elephant’s Tower
If you are hungry, do not worry! The whole city is full of restaurants, bar and cafes.
What to visit in Sardinia around Cagliari
Sardinia is probably the most popular destination for beach tourism in Italy. The crystal clear water and the morphology of the coasts make it a real paradise. Being the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, after Sicily, has 1849 km of beautiful coastline. The Sardinian hinterland, on the other hand, has nothing to envy to the coast, with beautiful landscapes, remains of ancient civilizations, such as Phoenician or Nuragic, and a very wide culinary tradition.
You may visit:
- Su Nuraxi of Barumini
- Ancient Nuragic City of Nora
- Ancient Phoenician City of Tharros
- San Pietro Island and Carloforte
- Emerald Coast and its Beaches
- Villasimius Beaches
- Chia and Teulada