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April 29, 2017

Sardinia: Cagliari

Filed under: Europe, France, Photography, Travel, Travel, Writing — Tags: , , , , , — anotherheader @ 3:15 pm

Looking towards the Mediterranean from Cagliari’s port.

The port city of Cagliari, Sardinia’s largest metropolitan area and capitol, is situated in the southern portion of the Italian island. Our loosely planned route from Provence France to the island nation of Malta would take us down through the Mediterranean islands of Corsica, Sardinia, and Sicily. On this route Cagliari was an obligatory destination. There is only one ferry from Sardinia to Sicily; it runs just once a week from Cagliari to Palermo. On an otherwise minimally planned trip, we were sure to make reservations for this key overnight transportation link.

Wikipedia says that Cagliari is an “ancient city with a long history.” Indeed, humans have occupied this place for some five thousand years. Structures from Carthaginian, Roman, Byzantine, Pisan, and Spanish Habsburg times remain. Cagliari combines history with modernity. It is very much an energetic city with a distinctive Italian mainland feel.

La collegiata di Sant’Anna

A Tirrenia ferry in Cagliari’s port.

Though we spent three nights and four days in Cagliari it always seemed that there was something left to explore. In truth our faulty navigation did not help. We were in a persistent state of being slightly lost. As a result we inadvertently took less than optimal routes through the hilly town. And there are a lot of hills in Cagliari. Though it was not our intent, we seemed to maximize the gradient on every excursion. There was one upside; by climbing every hill we maximized our views.

Gigi concentrates as she descends the steps of Torre dell’Elefante (Elephant Tower) in Gagliari Sardinia.

Cattedrale di Santa Maria e Santa Cecilia, Cagliari’s cathedral

Artichokes in Italy look different than they do in the States.


End of the season vegetables

A view from Cagliari’s old town



  1. It hadn’t struck me that Gigi has to endure most of your explorations – what a trooper she is.

    Comment by ianmccauley2014 — May 1, 2017 @ 9:34 am

    • Gigi loves hotels. We took her to a hotel a few days after we got her as a pup. She loves to walk the halls and take elevators. In many way she seems more comfortable with moving around rather than staying in one place.

      Comment by anotherheader — May 1, 2017 @ 10:02 am

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  3. […] entrance for the Tirrenia ferry in Cagliari Sardinia. This overnight ferryboat would take us from Cagliari to Palermo Sicily. Though we were staying near the port and had walked by the car entrance several […]

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