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    Cagliari – a brief overview

    Perched on a rocky bluff, Cagliari is the great citadel of southern Sardinia, its weighty castle surrounded by a honeycomb of houses tumbling seawards to the harbour. Wherever you are, the port seeps into your consciousness, the sun bouncing off shop windows and salt hanging in the breeze.

    Physically, the city is arranged like an amphitheatre around the comings and goings of the port. Cagliari’s pleasures are also simple and satisfying: a meal in a crowded trattoria, a cloudless day at the beach or a long drink on the ramparts as the sun sets on a sparkling sea.

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    Il Quartiere Castello

    Quartiere Castello
    09123 Cagliari
    Italy
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    The citadel overlooking Cagliari was once home to the city’s aristocracy. Enclosed behind high, sheer walls topped by crenellations and bookended with thick towers, the medieval quarter within is a maze of ancient alleys punctuated with palaces and churches.

    Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Cagliari

    Piazza Arsenale, 1
    09123 Cagliari
    Italy
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 0900-2000

    An impressive archaeological museum showcasing a series of miniature bronzes that originate from Sardinia’s prehistoric ‘nuraghic’ culture. They depict warriors posing, praying and hunting, and provide a cultural record where no written accounts exist.

    Cattedrale di Cagliari

    Piazza Palazzo 4
    09124 Cagliari
    Italy
    Tel: +39 070 663 837
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 0800-1200 and 1600-2000
    Sun 0800-1300 and 1630-2030

    Located at the heart of the citadel is Cagliari’s cathedral with its Pisan-Romanesque facade and rich interior baroque icing and bright frescoes. The subterranean crypt is sculpted out of stone with every inch emblazoned with decorative effect.

    Pinacoteca Nazionale

    Piazza dell’Arsenale 1
    09124 Cagliari
    Italy
    Tel: +39 070 662 496
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 0900-2000

    The national art museum exhibits a panorama of Sardinian paintings – that is to say Tuscan, Genoese, Catalan and Spanish techniques filtered through the Sardinian temperament.

    Torre di San Pancrazio

    Piazza Pitagora
    09131 Cagliari
    Italy
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 0900-1700

    This 36m-high tower is built at the highest point of the city and has grandstand views of the entire gulf.

    Orto Botanico

    Viale Sant’Ignazio da Laconi 11
    09123 Cagliari
    Italy
    Tel: +39 070 675 3512
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Fri 0900-1800 (Apr-Oct)
    Mon-Fri 0900-1330 (Nov-Mar)

    An oasis of green in this otherwise sun-baked city, these botanical gardens bristle with palms, cacti, carobs and oak trees. In between, tumbledown ruins add to the atmosphere.

    Galleria Comunale d’Arte

    Viale San Vincenzo 2
    09123 Cagliari
    Italy
    Tel: +39 070 677 7598
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    Opening times:
    Wed-Mon 1000-2100 (summer)
    Wed-Mon 1000-1800 (winter)

    Cagliari’s contemporary art collection is housed in a grand neoclassical villa fronting the public gardens. Highlights are the work of Sardinian masters such as Giuseppe Biasi (1885-1945).

    Poetto Beach

    Via Lungomare Golfo di Quartu Sant’Elena
    09045 Cagliari
    Italy
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    Stretching 8km, Cagliari’s city beach is the longest in Sardinia and is a gorgeous expanse of fun-filled sand. Lined with windsurf outlets, restaurants and clubs, it’s an integral part of city life.

    Chiesa di San Michele

    Via Ospedale 2
    09100 Cagliari
    Italy
    Tel: +39 070 658 626
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 0800-1100 and 1900-2030
    Sun 0900-1200 and 1900-2100

    This pretty 16th-century church is justly famous for its excessive 18th-century rococo interior. Chapels radiate off the octagonal atrium and are covered in a thick cloak of marble, stucco and fresco.

    Basilica di San Saturno

    Piazza San Cosimo
    09100 Cagliari
    Italy
    Tel: +39 070 659 869
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sat 0900-1300

    A relic of a more ancient Cagliari, this fifth-century basilica is one of Sardinia’s oldest and offers a striking example of paleo-Christian architecture. Sunk beneath it is the necropolis where martyr Saturninus was buried in AD304.

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    Country overview

    Despite incessant praise, travelling in Italy remains one of those rare experiences in life – like a perfect spring day or the power of first love – that cannot be overrated. In few places do history, art, fashion, food and la dolce vita (the good life) intermingle so effortlessly.

    There are sunny isles and electric blue surf, glacial northern lakes and fiery southern volcanoes, rolling vineyards and an urban landscape that harbours more UNESCO World Heritage sites than any other country in the world. Few places offer such variety and few visitors leave without a fervent desire to return.

    Geography

    Italy is situated in Europe, with a long coastline of approximately 7,600km (4,720 miles) stretching into the Mediterranean Sea and a mountainous northern border adjoining France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia. This northern Alpine region contains some of the highest peaks in Europe and is a good area for winter sports.

    In central Italy, Tuscany has a diverse landscape composed of fertile rolling hills, lush river valleys, minor mountain ranges and a long sandy coastline. To the east is Umbria, known as the ‘green heart of Italy’; hilly with broad plains, olive groves and pines, and Le Marche – a region of gentle mountains, rivers and small fertile plains.

    Further south lies Rome, Italy’s capital city. Within its precincts is the Vatican City. The south of the country is hotter, wilder and much, much drier than the north, characterised by dry sierras, rocky mountain ranges and volcanic outcrops, including three of Europe’s most active volcanoes: Vesuvius, Etna and Stromboli. Puglia, the ‘heel of the boot’, is a mixed landscape of fertile plateaus, expansive olive groves and flat, ochre-coloured plains. The islands of Sicily and Sardinia lie offshore to the southwest and west respectively.

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    Area: 301340 sq km (116348 sq miles).

    Population: 60.5 million (2015).

    Population density: 204.0 per sq km.

    Capital: Rome.

    Government: Independent kingdom of Italy declared in 1861. Republic since 1946.

    Language

    Italian is the official language. Dialects are spoken in different regions. German is spoken in the South Tyrol region (bordering Austria). French is spoken in all the border areas from the Riviera to the area north of Milan (border with France and Switzerland). English, French and German are also spoken in the biggest cities and in tourism and business circles.

    Currency

    Euro (EUR; symbol €) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of €2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.

    Standard time zone

    UTC/GMT +1 hour

    Electricity

    230 volts AC, 50Hz. Plugs are of the two round-pin type.

    Public holidays

    In addition to public holidays, local feast days are held in honour of town patron saints, generally without closure of shops and offices. These include:

    Turin/Genoa/Florence: 24. Jun (St John the Baptist)
    Milan: 7. Dec (St Ambrose)
    Venice: 25. Apr (St Mark)
    Bologna: 4. Oct (St Petronius)
    Naples: 19. Sep (St Gennaro)
    Bari: 6. Dec (St Nichola)
    Palermo: 15. Jul (St Rosalia)
    Rome: 29. Jun (St Peter)
    Siena: 2. Jul + 16. Aug (Palio)
    Trieste: 3. Nov (St Giusto)

    2016

    New Year’s Day: 1. January 2016
    Epiphany: 6. January 2016
    Easter Sunday: 27. March 2016
    Easter Monday: 28. March 2016
    Liberation Day: 25. April 2016
    Labour Day: 1. May 2016
    Republic Day: 2. June 2016
    Assumption: 15. August 2016
    All Saints’ Day: 1. November 2016
    Immaculate Conception: 8. December 2016
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2016
    St Stephen’s Day: 26. December 2016

    2017

    New Year’s Day: 1. January 2017
    Epiphany: 6. January 2017
    Easter Sunday: 16. April 2017
    Easter Monday: 17. April 2017
    Liberation Day: 25. April 2017
    Labour Day: 1. May 2017
    Republic Day: 2. June 2017
    Assumption: 15. August 2017
    All Saints’ Day: 1. November 2017
    Immaculate Conception: 8. December 2017
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2017
    St Stephen’s Day: 26. December 2017

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    Nightlife in Cagliari

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    In winter, bars along Corso Vittorio Emanuele fill up and Piazza Yenne becomes an outdoor beer garden, while lovers retreat to the castle for romantic sunsets.

    Come summer though, and everyone heads down to Poetto beach.

    Exmà

    Via San Lucifero 71
    09127 Cagliari
    Italy
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    Cagliari’s former abattoir is now a cultural centre hosting art exhibits and summer concerts.

    Inu

    Via Sassari 50
    09124 Cagliari
    Italy
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    Get acquainted with Sardinian wines at this discerning, contemporary wine bar.

    Il Merlo Parlante

    Via Porto Scalas 69
    09123 Cagliari
    Italy
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    A student hangout with a wide range of lagers and an international crowd.

    Emerson

    Viale Poetto 4
    09126 Cagliari
    Italy
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    A laid-back cocktail lounge beside Poetto beach with occasional live music.

    Teatro Lirico

    Via Sant’Alenixedda
    09128 Cagliari
    Italy
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    The main city theatre, hosting classical concerts, ballet and opera.

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    Restaurants in Cagliari

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    Traditional Sardinian food is all about the sea. The favourite city dish is octopus and marinated dogfish.

    From November to March is mollusc season when temporary kiosks open up beside Poetto beach selling sea urchins and mussels to salty passers-by.

    Lord Nelson

    Via Tevere 2
    09122 Cagliari
    Italy
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    Price: Expensive

    A sumptuous selection of appetisers, superb fish and an excellent wine list.

    Ristorante Ammentos

    Via Sassari 120
    09124 Cagliari
    Italy
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    Price: Moderate

    A rustic trattoria serving authentic Sardinian food like wild boar stew.

    St Remy

    Via Torino 16
    09124 Cagliari
    Italy
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    Price: Moderate

    Impeccable, creative food and a coolly romantic vaulted dining room.

    Antica Cagliari

    Via Sardegna 49
    09124 Cagliari
    Italy
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    Price: Moderate

    An excellent fish restaurant in the Marina district serving fregola with shellfish.

    Il Fantasma

    Via San Domenico 94
    09127 Cagliari
    Italy
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    Price: Cheap

    Long queues confirm that this boisterous pizzeria is one of Cagliari’s best.

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    Calendar of events

    Skepto International Film Festival

    13 – 16 April 2016
    Website

    Venue: Various venues.

    With a special focus on short films, this competitive cinematic celebration aims to give a platform to independent filmmakers. When it comes to topics and budgets, there are no boundaries, meaning fans might watch a documentary one day, a music clip the next, and an artistic installation the day after.

    Sa Die de Sa Sardigna (Sardinia Day)

    28 April 2016

    Venue: City centre.

    Commemorating the population’s uprising against and subsequent expulsion of Viceroy Balbiano on 28 April 1794, Sardinia Day has been celebrated officially since the early 1990s. Dramatic historical re-enactments and live music performances take place in Cagliari and elsewhere on the island.

    Festa di Sant’Efisio (Feast of St Efisio)

    1 May 2016

    Venue: Streets of Cagliari

    An icon of St Efisio is transported through Cagliari by golden carriage in a massive procession paying homage to the Roman soldier turned martyred Christian. The sight is spectacular, with hundreds of participants bedecked in colourfully embroidered traditional dress, many travelling on horseback or in flower-adorned carts.

    Cagliari Monumenti Aperti

    9 – 10 May 2016
    Website

    Venue: Various venues.

    Arrive in Cagliari in May and you may be lucky enough to visit the city’s finest historical buildings and monuments completely free of charge. For one weekend only, a whole raft of enticing edifices open their doors, laying on special itineraries, kids’ activities, concerts and more.

    Leggendo Metropolitano

    2 – 5 June 2016
    Website

    Venue: Various venues

    Book lovers are in for a treat at Cagliari’s annual literature festival. Five days of special events include readings, debates and lectures involving Italy’s leading authors along with a smattering of international writers. The festival takes a new theme each year, from ‘time’ to ‘roots’ to ‘play’.

    Giornata Nazionale del Trekking Urbano (National Urban Trekking Day)

    29 October 2016
    Website

    Venue: Throughout Cagliari

    Taking place in cities throughout Italy, this day devoted to walking gives people a chance to discover a town’s hidden depths on foot. In Cagliari, hikers can choose from special itineraries following the trail of both real and fictional characters who’ve had an impact on the city’s history.

    Carnevale (Carnival)

    28 February 2017

    Venue: Finishes at Piazza del Carmine.

    Flamboyantly dressed partygoers paint their faces or don traditional masks for Cagliari’s vibrant and raucous Mardi Gras parade, which winds its way to Piazza del Carmine, where live music greets the crowds. The party kicks off the previous Thursday with a colourful kids’ carnival featuring jugglers, clowns, acrobats and storytellers.

    Settimana Santa (Holy Week)

    9 – 15 April 2017

    Venue: Throughout Cagliari

    Easter celebrations start on the Friday before Palm Sunday with the procession of the Misteri (the Mysteries), seven wooden statues crafted in 1758. Ceremonies and parades continue all week, with an especially sombre procession on Good Friday, when a statue of the crucified Christ is carried to the cathedral.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Cagliari

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    Although there are few really top-end hotels in Cagliari, the city’s bed and breakfast scene provides a lot of interesting and characterful accommodation in the historic centre.

    Larger, luxury hotels tend to sit out of town nearer the beaches of Villasimius and Costa Rei.

    T Hotel

    Via dei Giudicati 66
    09131 Cagliari
    Italy
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    Category: Expensive

    A steel-and-glass high-rise hotel with modish, modern rooms and a spa.

    Miramare Boutique Hotel

    Via Roma 59
    09124 Cagliari
    Italy
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    Category: Expensive

    A lovely period property given a boutique overhaul with vibrant pop art.

    Cerdena Rooms

    Via Milano 1B
    09125 Cagliari
    Italy
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    Category: Moderate

    A family-run bed and breakfast in the historic centre with tranquil rooms in neutral tones.

    Aiosardegna Guest House

    Via Francesco Ciusa 22
    09131 Cagliari
    Italy
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    Category: Cheap

    A modest, 15-room guest house with comfortable, simply furnished rooms.

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    Climate & best time to visit Italy

    Italy is a great destination to visit year round, particularly if taking a city break, though for the warmest and most reliable weather April to June is the prime tourist season. Most Italians take their holiday in July and August so prices, and crowds, can soar during these months, which are also the hottest of the year. If you’re keen to avoid the main scrum of peak season but still bank on mild weather, late September to October is a good choice.

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    Telephone & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile phones

    International dialling code: +39

    Telephone

    Telephone kiosks only accept phonecards, which can be purchased at post offices, tobacconists and some newsagents.

    Mobile phone

    Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage is good.

    Internet

    Rome, Venice, Milan and Bologna have now instituted city-wide Wi-Fi hotspots, and the majority of hotels, B&Bs and even farm stays now offer free internet access. In most towns, internet cafés also offer access at €2 to €6 per hour.

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    Shopping in Cagliari

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    Key Areas

    Boutique-studded Via Roma and Via Garibaldi are Cagliari’s prime shopping streets. You can also find high-end fashion, jewellery and independent boutiques on Via Sulis and Piazza San Domenico. For better bargains and small, independent shops, head to Via Manno and wander in the historic centre.

    Markets

    In Cagliari, Sunday is market day with large flea markets on the Bastione St Remy and also on Piazza Trento. On Piazza del Carmine, there’s an antique market on the first Sunday of the month, and on Piazza Carlo Alberto on the second and fourth Sundays. There’s also a large market of cheap, new goods at the St Elia Stadium every Sunday.

    Shopping Centres

    The department store La Rinascente is located on Via Roma. There’s also Upim, on Piazza della Repubblica, and Standa, on Via Jenner Edward. Out of town there’s a branch of the Auchan hypermarket in Santa Gilla (Via San Simone).

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social conventions

    The social structure is heavily influenced by the Roman Catholic Church and, generally speaking, family ties are stronger than in most other countries in Western Europe. Normal social courtesies should be observed. Dress is casual but smart in most places, and beachwear should be confined to the beach. Conservative clothes are expected when visiting religious buildings and smaller, traditional communities.

    Formal wear is usually indicated on invitations. Smoking is prohibited in public buildings, transport and cinemas. When visiting an Italian home for dinner, bring a small gift of sweets or chocolate, and dress well. Let your host lead when sitting and starting the meal. Take a small portion of what’s on offer as you will surely be cajoled into having another helping. If you do not want more wine, leave your glass full so it cannot be refilled.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    Tap water is generally safe to drink. Bottled water is available. The inscription ‘Acqua Non Potabile’ means water is not drinkable. Milk is generally pasteurised and dairy products are safe for consumption. Past outbreaks of brucellosis in southern regions means unpasteurised buffalo mozzarella is best avoided. Local meat, poultry, seafood, fruit and vegetables are considered safe to eat.

    Other Risks

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) also recommends vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, polio and hepatitis B.

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    Visa & Immigration

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