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What to do and see in Cagliari

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Cagliari, capital of Sardinia, is located to the south of the island and It is a beautiful large modern city that still maintains its old historians quarters. The many artisan shops make it pleasant to walk in the historical center that culminates to the ramparts of the Holy Cross, a place where you can gaze across the city below and the beautiful surroundings. Interesting are the towers of San Pancrazio and dell ‘Elefante, both erected around 1300 that marked the’ access to the old part of the city protected by high walls. Near the Tower of San Pancrazio there is the “Citadel of Museums” with the National Archaeological Museum, rich in relics of the period nuragic and pre-nuragic and the National Art Gallery, which contains valuable works of the fifteenth and sixteenth of the Masters of Castelsardo and Olzai. Do not miss are a visit to the Cathedral of Santa Maria, one of the most important monuments of Sardinia, whose construction began in 1200 and the Basilica of Bonaria, the largest church in the city, built since 1700 with the adjoining Shrine Bonaria, built by the Aragonese in 1324 during the ‘siege of the city by the Pisans. In the immediate vicinity of the city are the area of the “Saline” and the pond Molentargius, places where for years the pink flamingos did nest. Other areas of interest are the necropolis Tuvixeddu initially Punic and later Roman, located in the northern part of the city; the Cave of the Viper, characteristic Roman tomb, takes its name from the two snakes carved on the pediment. As to protect the north side of town is the Castle of San Michele, which was built by Pisa in the ‘200 and later modified in Spanish age. In a small valley near the hill of Buoncammino you can visit the Roman amphitheater of the II century AD and the Botanical Garden, with an area open to the public and one reserved for specialists. Among the other towns best known in Sardinia is Villasimius, popular tourist destination in the spring and summer, which includes the town of Capo Carbonara.

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