The best way to see Cagliari, Sardinia

Sardinia is renowned for having a population who live to be amongst the oldest people in the world; some put it down to the local Cannonau wine. Food and wine can be excellent in the villages but can be disappointing in the port, but then again you wouldn’t eat out in Tilbury Docks! This can be an island for foodies, it can be an island for the beach; Lungomare, Poetto is a ten-minute taxi drive and will be our destination next cruise. It is recommended by the locals.

Cagliari’s Italian name is Casteddu which means castle and it can trace its history back thousands of years, before the Romans (here in 238BC) to Neolithic times. The sheltered harbour overlooked by the Castel di Castro has protected much including its rich assets like silver and other ores as well as salt and wheat. Cagliari was the capital of the Kingdom of Sardinia from 1324 to 1848 (taking in the mainland including Nice, Savoy and Piedmont, not Italy), and today the city is a regional cultural, educational, political and artistic centre being Sardinia’s economic and industrial hub.

Welcome to the best way to see Cagliari, which is with Jean helping you see how easy and wonderful it is.

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  • 0:00 – Intro by Jean Heard
  • 0:16 – Triumphal arch King Umbro I
  • 00:40 – Gate Museum
  • 1:00 – Architectural Gardens
  • 1:10 – Lift, elevator
  • 1:20 – Piazza Palazzo
  • 1:30 – Regio Palace
  • 1:40 Cathedral di Santa Cecilia
  • 2:10 – Chiesa Ortodossa Russa, parrocchia San Saba
  • 2:25 – Art Museum
  • 2:40 – Amphitheatre
  • 3:13 – Botanical Gardens
  • 3:49 – Chiesa San Michele
  • 5:23 – Church of Sant’Efisio Martire
  • 5:40 – St Annes Church
  • 5:50 – Plaza
  • 6:00 – Elephant Tower
  • 6:25 – Road Train tour
  • 6:38 – Southern Gate
  • 6:49 – Church di San Sepolcro
  • 7:20 – Santuario di Bonaria
  • 7:35 – Beach
  • 8:30 – Syracuse preview
  • 9:10 – Troy preview
  • 9:30 – Split preview

Cagliari has historical sites, caves and tunnels, an amphitheatre and more than its fair share of ornate churches. Jean cruises into Cagliari, what was until 1848 the capital of the Italian island of Sardinia. She walks through the gardens of the Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Cagliari which displays bronze objects and statues. It is to the side of the walled city, so she shows you where the elevator is to the hilltop Castello. The medieval walled quarter looks over the rest of the town and the view from Bastione Saint Remy is stunning. After the director’s Palace, she visits the 13th-century Cagliari Cathedral and the smaller, older church next door, the Chiesa Ortodossa Russa, parrocchia San Saba. Walking back through the city she finds the Chiesa San Michele and the Ghetto area before finding Elephant Tower and walking up to the Amphitheatre. Cagliari is an easy port to explore, and finally, the beach is either a long walk or a public bus ride.


Cagliari is one of the biggest ports in the Mediterranean Sea and it has an income level comparable to that of several northern Italian cities. The history is probably what you will wish to explore and most can be seen walking through the walled Castello area. Take in the remains of the ancient city of Karalis which are still visible, including the ruins of a small circular temple, and numerous sepulchres on a hill outside forming the burial grounds Tuvixeddu necropolis. The 2nd Century Roman amphitheatre showed open-air operas and concerts during the summer. You will also see the aqueduct and cisterns used to provide water, many museums, historic churches and ancient artefacts as well as the botanical gardens featuring 500 different plants. But, as a cruiser Jean suggests she has been spoilt by seeing some of the world’s great gardens and suggests you watch Madeira’s Monte Palace if you like Gardens.

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