Ten things not to be missed and to see when visiting the city of Cagliari.
1) Castello district: the most evocative, overlooking and surveying the whole city from above. Still partially visible are the mighty fortification walls, the medieval towers erected by the Pisan rulers (Tower of Saint Pancrazio and Elephant tower) and the magnificent Cathedral of Santa Maria, whose façad imposes on Piazza Palazzo. Walking through the narrow cobbled streets you can breathe a magical atmosphere and you can admire breathtaking views!
2) Bastion Saint Remy: the most spectacular monument in the city, built in a classical style between 1896 and 1902, it takes its name from the first Piedmontese viceroy who had it built. It connects the Castello district to the lower city through the double staircase in local limestone. Once you reach the huge panoramic terrace you can admire the Sella del Diavolo (Saddle of the Devil) and the entire Golfo Degli Angeli (Angel's gulf). Unmissable at sunset!
3) Marina district: the district, originally inhabited by fishermen and traders, is today the most lively and multi-ethnic in the city. Walking in its narrow streets is a true sensory journey: it ranges from the sight of the historic buildings overlooking the port to the scents of international and local cuisine that come together, to the Sardinian and oriental craft colours shops. A visit to the Archaeological Area of Sant'Eulalia is not to be missed.
4) Palazzo Civico: along with Via Roma you come across the façade of the city's Palazzo Civico, framed by the characteristic palm trees. Entirely made of white limestone, it presents a mixture of Gothic-Catalan and art nouveau styles. Opposite, in the port area, it is possible to enjoy a ride at a height of 50 meters on the wheel
5) Lungomare (seafront) Poetto: the Cagliari city beach, an unmissable stop when visiting the city. Besides a crystalline sea and a wide free beach that stretches for several kilometres, it offers a series of services. The recently redeveloped promenade is the perfect space for sportsmen: jogging, skateboarding, cycling and skating. Not only that, the numerous kiosks and restaurants offer the possibility of an aperitif or a meal lulled by the sea breeze.
6) Molentargius-Saline Natural Park: an oasis a few steps from the city centre and the Poetto. It is a huge naturalistic complex, the perfect habitat for a great number of protected animal and plant species. Among these stands out the presence of the pink flamingo that nests here and lives most of the year.
7) Panoramic sites: Cagliari is a picturesque city that shows its many facets depending on the place where you look at it. For lovers of panoramic photography, here are the recommended corners of the city: Colle San Michele, Monte Urpinu, Castello, Viale Buoncammino, Cittadella dei Musei.
8) Museums: centuries of history, archaeology and art are housed in the numerous museums of the city. Worth a visit: the Citadel of Museums (inside we find the Pinacoteca, the Anatomical Wax Museum, the Archaeological Museum and the Siamese Art Museum), the Municipal Art Gallery surrounded by greenery and the centuries-old plants of the Gardens Public. Temporary art exhibitions are also hosted in the museum complex of Saint Michael's Castle and at the ExMa.
9) Piazza Yenne and the shopping streets: it deserves a place of honour in the unmissable places of Cagliari: Piazza Yenne is the meeting point for tourists and Cagliari's citizens of all ages. The square, which hosts tables of bars, clubs and restaurants, comes alive, particularly in spring and summer. Place of nightlife and entertainment overlooking the port and the upper town. A few meters away from Via Garibaldi and Via Manno, the historic shopping streets of the city.
10) Roman Amphitheater: the most impressive testimony of Roman Sardinia. Built between the 1st and 2nd centuries. A.D. On the slopes of Colle di Buoncammino: part of the arena, corridors and stairways were dug into the living rock, while other parts were built with limestone blocks. It could accommodate up to 100 thousand spectators who witnessed fights between gladiators (munera) and fights between men and ferocious beasts (venationes).