Set right at the centre of a wide-sweeping bay with the same name, situated on nine calcareous hills and surrounded by major wetland areas, Cagliari, the capital of Sardinia, holds a certain charm for its history, nature and its setting.
Ever since its foundation by the Phoenicians between the VII and VI century B.C., it has always been the gateway to Sardinia for all the other peoples who came to the Island: Carthaginians, Romans, Vandals, Byzantines, Pisans, Aragonese, Spaniards and Piedmontese. And all the signs of its thousand-year old history ensure that Cagliari evokes a series of intense emotions; the Roman Amphitheatre, the Cathedral dating from the Middle Ages, the Royal Palace and then the old historic quarter of Castello with the towers of "San Pancrazio" and the "Elefante", the Saint Remy Bastion with its panoramic view, the historic suburbs and the ancient churches.
Cagliari is a city with a wealth of history and culture. For 350 years the Feast dedicated to Sant'Efisio has been held on May 1: one of the island's most important and striking festivals for its multi-coloured procession of unique traditional costumes from all parts of Sardinia.
Not to be missed are the typical gastronomic specialities, especially sea food delicacies, which are the basis of Cagliari's old and modern style cusine. SARDINIA
Sardinia is an island at the centre of the Mediterranean. Its mild climate, the colours of its sea, the contour of its coasts, its beaches covered with snow-white sand, countless mysterious and unexplored places, its unique and uncontaminated nature, all go to make it a paradise that is waiting to be discovered.
Sardinia has an age-old history. From the Nuraghic civilisation to that of the Phoenicians-Carthaginians-Romans, from churches and medieval castles to Spanish fortifications, all the way up to modern times, the Island is an open-air archaeological museum.
Sardinia is a land of ancient traditions. Its towns and villages preserve festivals and rituals that are suspended between the sacred and profane.
An Island that is “almost a continent” is the striking synthesis chosen by the writer Marcello Serra as the title for one of his books. In fact, Sardinia really is “almost a continent”, unique and varied and to be visited at any time of the year.