MY VISIT TO CAGLIARI:
Cagliari is the capital of the island of Cerdeña , located south of it …
It’s a great city full of life and light, where you can enjoy the most pristine and beautiful beaches of the Mediterranean. It is tremendously tourist and then leave most of their income. Plus it is a very commercial city, is full of bars and shops with lots of animation.
After our ship dock in this luminous city, we proceeded to disembark and take a shuttle bus to the Port Authority had made available to passengers. In 5 minutes left in the harbor entrance, almost in the old town.
The first thing we did was go to the tourist office, located in Piazza Matteotti , about 100 meters to the left as you exit the port.
Once documented and trying to understand the plans that they had given us, we decided to tour the city on foot, because the sights are near the harbor. You also have the option of using the little train or tour bus as usual in almost all scales we do.
Cagliari is divided into 4 districts, the most notable Marina , located next to the port and Castello in the upper area of the city and this reference as to points of interest. That was our destination, so we proceeded to climb the steep and narrow streets to reach virtually the wall surrounding the castle.
The climb was very hard and exhausting, I got practically if breath at the top, but worth it because the panoramic view from this place we had the entire city and the Adventure of the Seas at the bottom was more than spectacular.
Bordering a little wall, the Via Camino Nuevo , arrived at the Elephant Tower , where we stopped for a while to draw the corresponding pictures of it. There we met a large gate and the small statue of the elephant which gives it its name. Next to the tower is a huge and clear viewpoint from which we took some fabulous photos of the city with our ship at the horizont.
We continue getting lost by the network of narrow streets to reach the Museum of Archeology , who only visited the outside for lack of time. On more than one occasion we had to pull up to see us, because we really had trouble focusing on where we were.
Next to the museum to which I referred earlier, is the Plaza del Arsenal , part of the Via Martini , who took us directly to the Tower of San Pancrazio . We discovered every corner of this city deserved spend time doing the photoshoot corresponding ….
We continue down Via Martini until you reach the Plaza del Palacio . As we descended we approached the Rea Palace l and the Cathedral of Cagliari (Santa Maria) . We entered it and were enjoying the many artworks it houses. It is a must stop for history of the city ….
When we gave our visit ended, we continue down until you reach the Square Hermert Lawrence , large open square with wonderful views, in which we can find several bastions and a few pubs outdoors with white tents and Balinese beds, which at that time were closed, but evinced the atmosphere at that pretty frame had to be at night. I could not help the temptation to lie down in one of them and imagine how hard it would be with one of them once when night came and with it the party. Way I took a few seconds to rest my aching feet ..
We continue our way down some stairs to reach the Barrio Marina , formerly inhabited by fishermen in the area and now become a bustling commercial area where we should mention the numerous shops in the Via Manno and the Via Roma , which it is the most important avenue of the city, opposite the port. Worth wander through the maze of steep, narrow streets which you stumble every now and with many – colored houses with lively bars and friendly people.
And approaching lunchtime and between the great effort of reaching the top of the city as well as the weight of the August heat, we decided it was time to go back to the ship but not before enjoying a cold beer on a the innumerable and furnished terraces. It was truly delicious watch the ebb and flow of people coming in and out of one and the other streets admiring everything around him, but practically just started our cruise and tomorrow we expect the scale of Rome , so we had to regain strength, so once we finished our refreshing beer returned to the ship to rest, eat and start thinking about our next and seductive scale …
PLACES OF INTEREST:
- 1. Tower of San Pancrazio: It is one of the two entrances to the castle. Located at 130 meters height above sea level is one of the most important symbols of the city. It has a height of 36 meters and you can see from atop a beautiful view of the same. It was built to prevent the attack of the Genoese and Arab city, which ensured the permanence of the Romans in it. Subsequently used as a prison, but was closed due to the high number of leakage were carried out.
- 2. Tower of the Elephant: It was built in 1307 ys and is the second gateway to the castle, along with the Tower of San Pancrazio . It is so called because in one corner you can see the statue of a little elephant.
- 3. Palazzo di Citta: Old Town Hall of the city until the late nineteenth century.
- 4. Archbishop ‘s Palace: It is the headquarters and residence of the archbishop since the twelfth century. It is located in the ancient Platea Comunis and houses the offices of the curia.
- 5. Palace Seziate: Located next to the Tower of San Pancrazio , where the viceroy listened to the requests of the prisoners in it. It was Built in the late sixteenth century and early seventeenth
- 6. Cathedral of Santa Maria: beautiful cathedral rebuilt several times. In it we find two stone pulpits sculpted by Guglielmo da Pisa and donated to Cagliari from Pisa .
- 7. National Archaeological Museum: It houses archaeological pieces dating from the Neolithic to the Byzantine era . It is located in the Piazza Arsenale 1. Opening of 09.00h 20.00h the price of admission is about 4 €.
- 8. National Gallery: exhibits art history of Sardinia , with unique bronze figures nurágico village and Roman remains of jewelry, coins, statues, etc …
- 9. Roman Amphitheater: It was built by the Romans in the second century AD, excavated in the rock and leaving only the underground passages and several rows of seats, as most of the building was used for other buildings. One seating capacity of 10,000 people, was the core governing the social life of citizens during the Roman rule. There the popular gladiatorial combat and the executions were carried out death sentences.
- 10. Place Viceregio: was constructed in the fourteenth century by the Spanish viceroys and has since undergone various reforms. Include its decor, decorated by artist Bushi with Sardinians mythological motifs.
- 11. Market San Benedetto: This is the largest market in Italy . Open every Saturday and he can watch the Sardinians marketing, purchase products of all kinds and enjoy a mix of colors, flavors and unforgettable scents.
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Date Posted: November 6, 2013
I would like to apologize to my english speaking readers since this website was initially built in spanish language and after receiving numerous requests I have decided to translate it into English. This article have been translated automatically, so some meanings may not be completely correct, but I think it’s enough to share my experiences with my readers.