One-day trip to discover a charming Cagliari. You can explore the ancient part of the town and be surrounded by the beauty of historical places, you can admire and be amazed by Nuragihc and roman age findings, immerse yourself in magnificent views, go to the beach and even get in touch with nature and spend time birdwatching pink flamingos.
The Castello district can easily visited by foot, walking on the staircase that links Piazza Yenne with Via del Cammino Nuovo. A different but equally nice walk is around the town center shopping roads, among which Via Manno, going through Via Mazzini up to The Castello.
I bastioni di Saint Remy e Santa Croce vi regaleranno un panorama mozzafiato, ma anche la possibilità di sorseggiare un drink o gustare le specialità locali nei bar e ristoranti con vista sulla città.
A gate in the old Torre dell’Aquila above Bastione San Remy leads into the narrow main street of the old town, Il Castello, a warren of arched passageways, steep lanes, and flights of steps. Straight ahead in the terraced Piazza del Palazzo is the cathedral of Santa Maria, built by the Pisans in 1312. On the higher terrace are the Palazzo Arcivescovile (archbishop’s palace) and the long façade of the Palazzo Reggio, where the Savoy royal family lived after Napoleon captured Turin.
Two imposing medieval towers were built as part of the ancient fortifications to protecte the Castello on both sides: Torre dell’Elefante and Torre di San Pancrazio. After crossing the Torre dell’Elefante and going along the Santa Croce bastion you will find straight ahead in the terraced Piazza del Palazzo, the seat of the town’s civil and religious authorities for centuries. The cathedral of Santa Maria di Castello, the place of worship that is the symbol of the city, together with the basilica of Bonaria, stands out in the Castello neighbourhood its majestic bulk, flanked by Palazzo Regio and the ancient Palazzo di Città.
As a result of renovation works held on the ancient site of the Regio Arsenale (Royal Arsenal), there you can find the greatest museum complex in Sardinia: Citadel of Museums. In the building complex, those that stand out are the Archaeological Museum and theNational Picture Gallery, where various collections are kept. The ‘prelude’ is the Ethnographic Museum, , where you will be astounded by the Sardinian artefacts and jewellery of the Cocco collection. Among many others, there are two permanent exhibitions: the Clemente Susini Museum of Anatomical Waxes and the ‘Stefano Cardu’ Siamese Museum, with many valuable pieces.
By walking in Viale Buon Cammino, a tree-lined panoramic avenue, you can go from Castello to Stampace district and look down into a Roman amphitheater, throughout via Sant’Ignazio. There you can also visit the Botanic Garden and then go down back to your trip starting point.
Just a short distance from the city center, you can find many other leisures. In piazza Matteotti, facing the harbour area, you can take a CTM bus to reack the Natural Park of Molentargius-Saline, where you can admire all the year long the majestic pink flamingos, and the nearby Poetto beach, also known as “beach of a hundred thousand” (“spiaggia dei Centomila”).
You can find more information on public transport on www.ctmcagliari.it