CagliariCagliari (Sardinian: Casteddu, "castle"; Latin: Caralis) is the capital city of the Italian island of Sardinia.
Cagliari is an Italian metropolitan city and the capital of an autonomous region of the island of Sardinia. The city has about 150,000 inhabitants, while its metropolitan area (including 16 other nearby municipalities) has more than 431,000 inhabitants.
phone: +39 070 6777397address: Via Roma n. 145
You can download audio and PDF guides from the Cagliari tourist website organized by 6 walking tours.
Aeroporto di Cagliari-ElmasThe airport is the busiest in Sardinia. Cagliari is served directly by a number of domestic and international flights, while well-connected Milan-Linate and Rome-Fiumicino airports can also serve as intermediate stops to this airport.
Ground connections;By train
Stazione di Elmas AeroportoTrenitalia railways connect the airport to the city (10' ride, every 20' or so) and the rest of the island.
A number of taxi companies serve the airport.
The airport is situated on the SS130.
By busWhile ARST is the main regional bus service provider to the city, a few other companies are also operate in the region. Notably, Turmo Travel runs buses to Olbia (and the airport) and Santa Teresa Gallura.
Stazione ARST Autolineeaddress: Piazza Matteotti
phone: +39 346 5720570There is no left luggage service at the train station, but the bus station is next to it. It's a short walk from the ferry terminal.
CTMCagliari public transportation provides efficient and reliable (to Italian standards) services to get around the city and suburbs. There are about 30 bus and 3 trolleybus (filobus or trollino in Italian) lines in the city.
By light rail
MetrocagliariA light rail systen run by ARST. It has 2 lines that serve the town of Cagliari and part of its metropolitan area. Both lines run quite off the centre of the city.
By carIt is really difficult to get parking and drive in rush hour even if the road network has been recently improved.
Old townThe core of the old town is the Castello district which lies on top of a hill facing the Gulf of Cagliari.
address: Piazza Palazzo 4/aCagliari Cathedral is a beautiful 13th-century church with Neo-Gothic façade. Do not miss the Shrine of the Martyrs, excavated out of the rock.
address: Piazza Palazzo, 6
Palazzo RegioThe building was the residence of the royal representatives during the 14th century. In the 18th and 19th centuries it passed trhough some reconstruction and restoration stages.
Bastione di Saint RemyThis impressive fortification was built in the late 19th-century. Climb the huge stairways to be rewarded by a stunning view of the city, the sea and the mountains. Or use the elevator.
Bastione di Santa Croce
Porta CristinaThe gate built in 1825 in neoclassical style.
Chiostro di San Domenicoaddress: Via XXIV MaggioThe cloister dates back to the 15th century. It was restored after the WWII.
Chiesa di San Micheleaddress: Via Ospedale, 2This church was consecrated 1538, but its Spanish Rococo decoration dates back to the 18th century decoration and considered the best example of this style on the island.
The towers were built in the 13th century during the Pisan domination of the city.
Torre di San PancrazioBuilt in 1305 by the Sardinian architect Giovanni Capula, who designed also the Torre dell'Elefante. Good view over Cagliari from the top.
Torre dell'ElephanteThe tower was built in 1307.
Torre dello Sperone
address: Viale Sant'Ignazio 19
address: Piazza San CosimoThis paleochristian complex dates back as early as to the 5th century. The church itself was built in Provençal-Romanesque style and consecrated in the 11th century, which makes it the oldest in the city.
Santuario di Nostra Signora di BonariaAn important religious complex. Some parts of it dting back to 1335, while the Balilica was completed only in the beginning of the 20th century. Like many historical monuments in Cagliari it was restored after the WWII.
Palazzata della via RomaA collection of eclectic façades along the Via Roma including the Palazzo Civico.
Palazzo CivicoThe edifice was originally build in 1907, then it was reconstructed from the WWII ruins between 1946-1953.
Palazzo Valdesaddress: Viale Regina ElenaIts older section, facing the Bastion of Saint Remy with a granite plinth and terracotta decorations, was designed by Nicolò Mura. The more recent section along the Via Sulis was designed by Riccardo Simonetti, and has an interesting round wall facing the piazza Marghinotti.
phone: +39 070 684000address: Piazza Indipendenza 7National Archaeological Museum of Cagliari.
address: viale San Vincenzo, 2The art gallery of Cagliari hosts paintings and sculptures from the period between the 19th and 20th centuries. It also includes a so-called Stanze del Collezionista (Collector's Rooms), the Collezione d'Arte Francesco Paolo Ingrao (Collection of Art Francesco Paolo Ingrao) which contains works of art in the period between mid-20th century towards the 1980s.
address: Piazza Arsenale, 1Hold a collection of the Oriental art from 15th to 19th centuries.
Pinacoteca NazionaleHouses a collection of 16th-20th centuries paintings by Sardinian artists, 15th-18th centuries paintings of the Genoese, Neapolitan and Roman schools, a collection of Sardinian and Catalan altarpieces.
address: Piazza Arsenale, 1A collection of the wax models of the parts of the (not only) human body.
phone: +39 070 6670190address: Via Santa Croce 18Displays about artichecture and city planning. Nothing about the ghetto.
Giardini pubbliciaddress: largo DessìThe 1st public park of the city dates back to the 1st half of the 19th century. There are about centenarian 60 trees there.
address: Vico I MerelloThe garden was founded In 1595 by the Capuchin friars on the hill to the west of the ruins of the Roman amphitheater.
BeachesYou must have a full relaxing day on the wonderful Poetto Beach. This 8 km beach will excite you and is perfectly equipped to satisfy every your wish. You can get here by buses PF, PQ, 3P, and 9P.
The beach is divided to the free parts and the beach clubs, the latter charging you with an entry fee but rent umbrellas, deck chairs, etc. for you. Prices are around €3/entry, about €12 for an umbrella, a deck chair and a sun bed. The club beaches clean the sand each night and provide you with showers and toilets.
Lots of beautiful shop are concentrated in this areas which could remind you of Copenhagen's Strøget.
phone: +39 070667815address: Via Sardegna 37This small family trattoria near the port offer a €15 set lunch (spaghetti with seashells, fried seafood, a glass of wine and a cup of coffee). Service unassuming, but the food is good.
phone: +39 070 303 313address: Via Della Pineta, 108Pizzeria-café Italian cuisine. A bit noisy place, very popular with locals due to the outstanding cuisine.
phone: +39 070 664339address: Via Napoli, 38A good pizza place tucked away in the side streets. Make a reservation, though.
There are a few places to enjoy lunch salads at the Piazza Yenne and wonderful Gelaterias if you don't want to eat too heavily during the day. These places double up as decent eateries by night.
phone: +39 070 311 03 73address: Bastione San RemySardinian specialties, salads, pizza, ham, etc. At night cocktails and loungebar. Great view over the city and the ocean.
Convento San Giuseppephone: +39 070 503 343address: Via Paracelso snc - Prolungamento Via ParigiIt's said it is one of the best restaurants in the city, located in a building dating back to 1270. There are more than 250 dishes to choose from.
address: Strada per Poggio dei Pini Capoterra
phone: +39 338 112 3052address: Via Sebastiano Satta 29A few nice rooms with private bathrooms. One with a balcony.
Wear comfortable shoes, though. The old town of Cagliari is somewhat hilly, so you will be walking uphill or downhill most of the time.
There are clean public toilets in the building on the Pontile Sanita ferry wharf, near the bus terminal.
Free WiFiCaFree wireless internet, without registration in the historic center and at the train and bus stations. In general if you have a good view of the city you can get online.