Cagliari

Smart promenades
A sprinkling of Roman remains
The old Castello quarter

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Cagliari

The characteristic hills of the ancient village

From an MSC ship on the Mediterranean Sea, the view of Cagliari, Sardinia’s capital and main port, is striking. Crowned by its historic nucleus squeezed within a protective ring of Pisan fortifications, Cagliari’s setting is enhanced by the calm lagoons to the east and west of the city, a habitat for cranes, cormorants and flamingos.

During your excursion to the centre of Cagliari, the promenades along Via Manno are the smartest you’ll see in Sardinia. These then drop down to the noisier Piazza Yenne and Largo Carlo Felice, around which most of the shops, restaurants, banks and hotels are located. At the bottom of Cagliari, the porticos of portside Via Roma shelter more shops and bars.

Cagliari’s main attractions are the archaeological museum with its captivating collection of nuraghic statuettes, the city walls with their two Pisan towers looking down over the Mediterranean Sea and the port, and the cathedral – all within easy distance of each other. There are also a sprinkling of Roman remains, including an impressive amphitheatre, while nearby excursions include Nora, the most complete ancient site on Sardinia, and the islands of Sant’Antioco and San Pietro.

Almost all the sightseeing you’ll want to do on your holiday in Cagliari is encompassed within the old Castello quarter, on the hill overlooking the port. The most evocative entry to this is from the monumental Bastione San Remy on Piazza Costituzione, whose nineteenth-century imperialist tone is tempered by the graffiti and weeds sprouting out of its walls. It’s worth the haul up the grandiose flight of steps inside for Cagliari’s best views over the port and the lagoons beyond.

Must see places in Cagliari

  • The Basilica of Our Lady of Bonaria

    The Basilica of Our Lady of Bonaria

  • Nora

    Nora

  • Nuraxi

    Nuraxi

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Reach the port

Port of Cagliari

This section contains information on how to reach the port.

Cruise Terminal

Check point: Via Sant'Agostino

Reach the port by

  • Car

    The SS.131 superstrada fast road between Sassari and Cagliari is Sardinia’s principal road. On approaching Cagliari, follow the signs for "Cagliari Port" (centre).
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    CAGLIARI CRUISE PORT Srl
    Port of Cagliari - Molo Rinascita
     
    Tel. +39 342 392 5176 / +39 070 0991120
     
    • Valet service 
    • Outdoor Parking 
    • Security-monitored parking lot 
    • Insurance included
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    VEHICLE DAYS RATES
    Car 8 € 70
    Suv 8 € 70
    Minivan 8 € 70
  • Train

    The port of Cagliari is well served by train and bus services from Sardinia’s other ports and main airports. If travelling from Olbia or Porto Torres, you can reach Cagliari by either bus or train. From Arbatax or Alghero, there is a bus service only. The buses stop in “Piazza Matteotti”, just a short walk from the port gate.
    Train
  • Plane

    Cagliari Elmas is Sardinia’s main airport, with regular flights to and from most major Italian cities, and Rome and Milan in particular. The airport is around 8 km from the port and the journey takes about 15 minutes by taxi. A bus service operated by the ARST bus company is also available, with buses running approximately every 30 minutes. The bus stops in “Piazza Matteotti”, just a short walk from the port gate.
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Italy

History, gastronomy and fashion
History, gastronomy and fashion

A cruise to Italy is an emotional roller coaster. Rome is a tremendous city quite unlike any other, and in terms of historical sights outstrips everywhere else in the country by some way.
 
Liguria, the small coastal province along the north-west coast, has long been known as the “Italian Riviera” and is accordingly crowded with sun-seekers for much of the summer.
In Veneto the main focus of interest is, of course, Venice: a unique city, and every bit as beautiful as its reputation would suggest. Tuscany in central Italy represents perhaps the most commonly perceived image of the country, with its classic rolling countryside and the art-packed towns of Florence and Pisa.

The south proper begins with the region of Campania. Its capital, Naples, is a unique, unforgettable city, the spiritual heart of the Italian south. Puglia, the “heel” of Italy, has underrated pleasures, too, notably the landscape of its Gargano peninsula and the souk-like qualities of its capital, Bari.

As for Sicily, the island is really a place apart, with a wide mixture of attractions ranging from some of the finest preserved Hellenistic treasures in Europe, to a couple of Italy’s most appealing Mediterranean beach resorts in Taormina and Cefalù, not to mention some gorgeous upland scenery.