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Cagliari is the main political, administrative, economic and cultural centre of Sardinia and the first port of the island.
It is situated in the middle of the wide Gulf of Angels spreading on the southern slope of Sardinia, from Capo Pula to Capo Carbonara. The climate is mild in winter and hot in summer.
The medieval town was composed by a village placed on a hill: only the towers and bastions remain there. Sea quarters spread towards the harbour.
At the beginning of its history Cagliari was a Carthaginian colony flourished then under the Roman rule. Destroyed by the Saracens, it raised again under the Republic of Pisa.
In 1326 it was conquered by the Catalans, who during their domination gave it the features of a Spanish town.
In 1718 Sardinia was annexed to the Reign of Savoy and since then on Cagliari followed the destiny of the island.
In 1862, when Cagliari was no longer a stronghold, its fortifications were destroyed and the development of the modern town began.
Poetto Beach: Poetto Beach, located on the outskirts of Cagliari, has more than 6 miles of fine white sand facing the Gulf of the Angels. It is regarded by many as one of the world's top beaches. Lined with kiosks and caf?, the beach attracts sun worshippers by day, and serves as a vibrant meeting place for young people at night.

Archaeology/Medieval Architecture in Cagliari
A 2nd century Roman amphitheater and the 13th-century Cathedral of Santa Cecilia are here. Cagliari also hosts Sardinia's National Archaeological Museum. San Michele, an impressive medieval castle perched on top of a hill, enables you take in a magnificent view the city in its entirety.

The Marina e Stampace area of the city - two of the four quarters into which the town was divided in the Middle Ages, has some wonderful examples of medieval architecture, including several churches. Also, there are extensive ruins of the ancient Phoenician city of Nora just outside Cagliari.

Car/Walking Tours Cagliari Area
By car or mountain bike, you can explore the magnificent and relatively unspoiled coastline, forests and mountains near Cagliari. Generally, you will find little traffic on the roads. Alternatively, take a guided hiking tour and experience the varied terrain of the island.

Shopping in Cagliari
Cagliari has several shops offering locally made Sardinian arts and handicrafts. These items are unique, of top quality, and include baskets, pottery, ceramics, textiles and gold filigree jewellery. The prices are quite reasonable given the quality of the items.

Dining in Cagliari
Cagliari has numerous eating establishments offering traditional Sardinian meals. A Sardinian dish is almost always a great culinary experience, and the cuisine differs significantly from that of mainland Italy. Particularly popular dishes include: wild boar ham; burrida (fish marinated in a walnut and garlic sauce[i] sa fregula[/i] (grain sized pasta served in fish broth); "panadas" (pies filled with vegetables and eels), and "sanguinaccio" (pork-blood sausage sweetened with sugar and raisins). Other traditional Sardinian dishes include marinated baby lamb and roast suckling pig.

Besides festivals and secular sagre, which are unique for their evocative spirit and the richness of their colors, Cagliari offers museums and monuments, architecture and archaeological wonders which the different cultures that passed through or occupied Cagliari throughout its history have left behind. The Phoenicians, Romans, Vandals and the people from Byzantine, Pisa, Genoa, Aragona, Catalan, Spain and Piedmont have all left their mark on this ancient city.
Let's not forget that it is also the city of the sun : it is never too cold in winter and in the summertime the climate is mild and pleasant. The beaches are marvellous (the Poetto beach is extremely popular) and tourists have many possibilities to relax in the area. In addition to the traditional seaside, visitors can go horse riding, play golf or do some cycling tourism , enjoying unspoiled landscapes and corners of Sardinia that few people know.


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