I would like to review my holiday in Cagliari. The weather is lovely, the sky is a perfect blue and it is so warm. Cagliari has a siesta from 12 to 5pm and it is for a good reason. It becomes scalding hot in the afternoon. The local restaurants dont tend to eat until very late and you will find whole families tucking in at 11pm at night,Infants in strollers asleep. There is a lovely family atmosphere, it is a very relaxed, calm place to stay in.
I stayed at the Hotel Due Colonne and they couldnt have been better prior or during my stay. It is very clean well equipped and in a perfect location for the harbour, bus and trains. As one of my party is in a wheelchair my holiday my have a different perspective to others who have gone there. We found it very difficult to get around because of the cobbles on the pavement and roads. As a result we had to stay to the more modern parts of Cagliari where the paving and roads were easier to navigate. The harbour was perfect very flat smooth and lots of chairs to relax in and watch the view.
It took us some time to find the tourist information office. The hotel gave us a map but we had found it impossible to get to places.We discovered the tourist train and that took us to the castelle district and it was a good opportunity to see the sights and look at the view. The Palazzo Viceregio was amazing and free. Close to it was the Cattedrale Santa Maria Assunta which has the loveliest inlaid marble. Inside it is absolutely beautiful.I thought the church S Michele was lovely as well.
It was only by working my way up from the VIE Triest that I managed to get onto the Vittorio Emanuelle and reached the Piazza Yenne. Until then we didnt know there were tourist buses. We were so close but couldnt get up the hill. The Vittorio Emanuelle was lovely with restaurants and shops with domed roofs,lots of history and character!
By going along Via Roma and Via Colombo we saw some beautiful views of the Basilica Bonaria. It is easier to travel along too. There are a lot of steps to get to the Basilica but I am sure people will help you if you want to go into it. I found the main church(with the dome) was closed and only the side chapel was open. It is here you can see the casket of the madonna on display. There is a lovely garden at the foot of the hill to the basilica. It zigzags up and has lovely bushes and seats to relax on in the shade with a great view at the top.I had to park the wheelchair at the bottom as it is very steep.
The Bastione San Remy has a promenade and view in the day time which transforms into a wonderful evening area where people gather, listen to music and chill out.
On foot on my own I found Cagliari to be easily accessible with the sights close together. Lots of stairs, but close. It is a very clean, quiet old town with a lot of character and history. The people are very very helpful. Just wish I knew Italian I would have learned a lot more.
Restaurants sometimes advertise a meal deal of 2 courses and wine etc. make sure they know you are expecting the deal they are advertising. We sat at a restaurant and almost died when we got the bill.
Only draw back to this holiday is the lack of travel information. I couldnt see timetables for buses or the stance numbers so found it difficult to plan or attempt trips. The ticket booth didnt work and there was no information office at Piazza Matteotti. However we did travel to Poetto beach. Everyone was very helpful with the wheelchair getting on and off the bus and the drivers couldnt have been more helpful and courteous. Poetto has the most spectacular beach. It is flat, clean and goes for miles. There are places which are private and you have to pay for them. These probably have the sunbeds and umbrellas so you might prefer to go there. We went to the public beach and it was great. The water is crystal clear with a gentle wave and it has a long slow incline into the sea which takes you ages to get up to your waist. There are men selling tourist stuff, clothing and cold beer but they move on if you dont want them and are no problem. Buses are frequent and regular to Cagliari.
I also took the bus on my own to the Castelle Michele. The tourist information I had did not match the actual opening times unfortunately. However it was interesting to see and the view was incredible. The Castle has hidden restaurants and bars which do not detract from the historic view, but open at 5pm to 10pm at the same time as the castle so you can socialise and wallow in history at the same time. Sounds great to me!