The stunning city of Cagliari is comprised of 4 historic districts: Il Castello, Stampace, Marina and Villanova.
The Castello district – The medieval quarter of Castello or ‘Castle’ quarter is the oldest of these four quarters. It is the symbol and the heart of the city of Cagliari. You can admire its imposing walls surrounding the castle, the towers of Pisa, the tower of San Pancrazio and the tower of the Elephant, the Bastion of San Remy, the Cathedral of Santa Maria, the Royal Palace and the Citadel of the Museums. The Citadel of the Museums is the museum centre of the city. It houses the National Archaeological Museum, the Pinacoteca, the Siamese Art Museum and the Wax Museum. There are also many antique shops and craftsmen in the Castello district.
Around the fortified district of Castello developed three other districts namely, Stampa, the Marina and Villanova. The first was the heart of the bourgeoisie and merchants, the second was the district of fishermen and sailors and the third was home to shepherds and farmers.
Stampace district – Stampace is the second oldest neighbourhood of the city, where the soul of the Cagliari people once lived and still live in today.
Marina district – The Marina quarter was originally intended as housing for workers, customs and port officials, fishermen and people in general. In the neighbourhood, there are some important monuments, such as the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Chiesa Sant'Agostino, and the Catalan-Gothic Sant'Eulalia.
Villanova district – Villanova, which roughly translates to ‘New Town’, is the most recent quarter to develop in Cagliari and represents the expansion of the area of Cagliari into the surrounding countryside. Once surrounded by walls, it was a thriving shopping hub where agricultural produce was traded along a single stretch of street.
The Nuraghes – All over Sardinia you’ll find large stone monuments, referred to as the ‘nuraghi’ or nuraghes in English. In fact, they are the testimonies of an age-old civilization of which not much is known, except that they formed a people of shepherds and peasants who populated Sardinia for eight centuries. During your stopover in Cagliari, visit the Arrubiu or Orrobiu nuraghe (which means "red" in Sardinian). It owes its name to the colour of the many lichens that cover it. Its construction as a 5-tower bastion around a main tower is quite rare in the region.
Is Zuddas Caves – The site of the Is Zuddas Caves is located about 60 km from Cagliari. Although they extend over 1650m, only a 500m course is open to the public. The visitor is then immersed in a spectacular setting made up of tunnels and a string of rooms, all of which are distinguished from one another by their particular characteristics. Dating back 530 million years, these caves are worth a visit during your charter in Cagliari.
The ruins of Nora – Nora is an ancient pre-Roman city located right next to Cagliari. It is in these ruins that the "Stele of Nora", the oldest written document in the Mediterranean, is said to have been found. It can be found in the Archaeological Museum of Cagliari. Part of the ruins is cleared and part remains submerged by the sea as the entire site could not be excavated because the territory belongs to the Italian army. Today the cleared part of the ruins is open to visitors and the remains of the Roman theatre are frequently used as a venue for summer concerts.
Molentargius Park – Flamingos love the mild winter in Sardinia. In the area around Cagliari there are many ponds, especially in the Molentargius-Saline Regional Natural Park. In addition to flamingos, many other species of sea birds live in this natural park.
This little gem is located in the middle of the rocks of the promontory of Capo Ferrato, still unknown to most people and not far from Tiliguerta, in which there is a beautiful beach divided in two by a reddish granite rock. The bay is about 200 metres long and is surrounded by a series of hills rich in traditional Mediterranean scrub.
Between the rock of Sant'Elmo to the north and the Marina of San Pietro to the south, Monte Turno is a bay of white sand, bathed by crystalline waters. Feast your eyes on the incredible clash of colours, with the dark volcanic rock of the hill of Monte Round contrasting with the blue reflections of the sea.
The beach at Punta Molentis owes its name to the donkey (in Sardinian "su molenti") that was used in granite mining activities that once flourished in the area. It is part of the protected marine area of Capo Carbonara and is characterised by a white sandy beach with the remains of an ancient nuraghe just behind.
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