One of only two Pisan towers still standing, the Torre dell’Elefante was built in 1307 as defence against the threatening Aragonese....
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Chiesa di Santa Croce
In the wake of the Jewish expulsion, the Chiesa di Santa Croce was built over the ghetto’s former synagogue.
Caffè Libarium Nostrum
Offering some of the best views in town, this modish Castello bar has panoramic seating on top of the city’s medieval ramparts. If the...
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This hilltop citadel is Cagliari’s most iconic image, its domes, towers and palazzi, once home to the city’s aristocracy, rising above the sturdy ramparts built by the Pisans and Aragonese. Inside the battlements, the old medieval city reveals itself like Pandora’s box. The university, cathedral, museums and Pisan palaces are wedged into a jigsaw of narrow high-walled alleys. Sleepy though it may seem, the area harbours a growing crop of boutiques, bars and cafes that attract students, hipsters and bohemian types.
The neighbourhood is known to locals as Su Casteddu, a term also used to describe the whole city. The walls are best admired (and photographed) from afar – good spots include the Roman amphitheatre across the valley to the northwest and Bonaria to the southeast.