Cagliari is famous for its beautiful beaches of Villasimius and Costa Rei. But what to do in Cagliari? We tell the city with 10 things to see in our opinion.
Tower of the Elephant is a vital part of the historic "Casteddu quarter". Built in the fourteenth century by the Pisani to defend the city from the assault of the king of Aragon, it was built along with the twin tower, the Tower of San Pancrazio. If the front is solid and rocky in its 30 meters of white marble, the side facing the castle is discovered and sports wooden lofts that support it. From this side, you can admire a statue of an elephant, so the tower is actually called the Elephant Tower. The function of the tower, however, was not only defending Cagliari: its architectural logistics allowed the tower to become a major gateway to the city.
Here's twin: San Pancrazio tower, one of the two towers erected to defend Cagliari by Pisani. so named for its proximity to the church of San Pancrazio, the tower has undergone several transformations, which does not, however, have undermined the fundamental structure. Its characteristic L-shaped, always made of white marble Bonaria, he remarked solidity, while the drawbridge and moat testified the inaccessibility.
The castle, the symbol of the city: the Bastion Saint-Remy, or simply the Bastion of Cagliari. The construction is very recent (late nineteenth century) and stands on the ruins of the old walls of the city. The Bastion of Cagliari is famous for its grand staircase leading to a roof terrace Umberto I, from which you can admire the coast of Cagliari, in a mixture of colors and history. A second ramp leads instead to the Promenade Deck. Former infirmary and place of shelter for the wounded of World War II, the Walk has become an exhibition space of great artistic and cultural value.
We talked about beaches in Cagliari? Leaning out of the terrace Umberto I, you will be immediately struck by a promontory oddly concave shape: the Devil's Saddle. Legend has it that during a battle, Lucifer fell from his horse and saddle the horse landed with a thud on the mountain. That corner of the sky emerging from the mountains live in legend, presenting itself as one of the many natural wonders of Sardinia and Cagliari.
You cannot say that they have been in Cagliari if you have not visited the Poetto. The fabulous beach of Cagliari sea extends from the Devil's Saddle up to Quartu Sant'Elena, but his name is a matter of strong debate between Cagliari and history. Among those who think it is a "reflection" of the Poet tower Aragonese tower overlooking the Sella del Diavolo, who approaches the dialect roots, stating that the name derives from the Spanish, more precisely from the Catalan, and I want to say "port" or, for the most imaginative, "cockpit".
The anchor of religion passes from the hands of Our Lady of the Shrine of Our Lady of Bonaria. Defense of sailors and navigators, Our Lady of Bonaria was crowned patron maximum of Sardinia by Pope Pius IX. The link of the Virgin with the city of Buenos Aires, in Argentina, has been a matter of attention and Pope Francis visits in 2013. The Our Lady of Bonaria festival is celebrated on April 24, while during the Summer Festival, the first Sunday of July, the Madonna is carried in procession into the sea.
The cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta and Santa Cecilia is, thanks to its huge octagonal dome, the religious symbol Palace square, in the heart of the Castle District. The Cathedral of Cagliari, however, has had an architectural labor that has gone through several centuries: from the thirteenth century Pisan influences, baroque instances of the early eighteenth century, until the last change made in the twentieth century, which saw the rise of the current façade in style Romanesque Revival, with strong references to the Cathedral of Pisa.
The areas immediately around Cagliari are also famous for hosting transfers of pink flamingos. Among the arid plains of Is Arenas, you may catch a glimpse of fresh water and salt water basins, in a rather damp earth wasteland. We are talking about the salt flats of Molentargius Park, the area that extends to the neighborhood of St. Helens and home to some of the rarest and beautiful specimens of pink flamingos. The coloring of these splendid birds depends on their power: in this very area of aqueous basins, flamingos assimilate a small crustacean that gives them this pink pigmentation. A beautiful natural phenomenon in the midst of an equally stunning natural spectacle: the Cagliari salt pans are the matryoshka that captures the essence of nature in the city.
Crescentino Caselli is the architect from Turin who gave the island of the old Kingdom of Sardinia Town Hall, also known as Palazzo Bacaredda, home town of Cagliari. From the outside, or from the asphalt Palace square, Town Hall is incredibly charming and seems to fit perfectly urbanism of the city. The four corners of the crown facade in whole Sardinia and Cagliari: the presence of four blindfolded Moors symbol of Sardinia is the right architecture homage to the land that the Moors has represented them even on the flag.
Villasimius is famous for its beaches but do not miss a visit to the Old Fortress. Villasimius The Old Fortress is a short distance from Capo Carbonara. Lovely view of the coast and the renowned beaches of Villasinius, cannot miss a visit to the truly spectacular panoramas.