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La Mia Cagliari by Andrea Cau

La Mia Cagliari, italian Travel Guide

Cagliari, Sardegna’s capital city,  is made of legend and lore atop seven hills and hiding the best kept secrets. No one knows the city better better than homegrown son Andrea Cau.

What makes Cagliari magic?

Being on the coast gives Cagliari a particular beauty and vitality. But it is only a part of the whole. It is knowing how to create a unique combination of a thousand-year history, an evocative hinterland and the sublime landscapes that characterize this place. You will be immediately conquered by its lights, its colors and its scents which, as the seasons change, will envelop you and kidnap your senses in a way that is as mysterious as it is fatal.

What is your favourite neighbourhood?

It is difficult to choose one but I would say that my choice falls on the Castello district, it is the most iconic and ancient in the city and still lively and surprising today.

Cagliari is a city of beach, sun and great food.

Top three caffe bars?

Libarium nostrum, Caffè de Candia and Antico caffè.

A historic café in Cagliari, once a meeting place for artists like D.H. Lawrence and Gabriele D’Annunzio.

Favourite Restaurants?

Luigi Pomata, Da Marino al St. Remy, Dal Corsaro.

Street food not to miss?

Sa Burrida, Cagliari’s emblematic dish- catfish with sweet and sour sauce , tomato and vinegar,  with parsley and walnuts.

I Caddozzoni, Cagliari’s typical paninari (sandwich makers) and the unmissable Fritto Mania.

Caddozzoni Panini with Sardegna’s much loved beer, Ichnusa.

Where’s the best place to lose yourself?

Lungomare del Poetto di Cagliari.

Three Absolute Must-Sees?

The view from Castello, Monte Claro park, and Tuvixeddu archaeological park.

Tuvixeddu Archaeological Park

What’s the best weekend escape?

A weekend in the beautiful Cala Goloritzè, Baunei (NU). Sea and mountains meet, creating a suggestive and wild expression of nature. It is true peace of mind!

Your favourite saying in sardo?

“Cando cumandat sa muzere, maridu iscalzonadu” Transalation: When the wife runs the house, the husband loses his trousers. It means authoritarian, proud and bossy wives.

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