Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 3
Blu Suite is a lovely, independent,renovated flat, located in a historic building, overbooking the central- sixteenth-century Piazza del Santo Sepolcro, a sunny square in the heart of the Marina. This historical quarter of old Cagliari is lively and colourful, full of bars, typical restaurants, artist’s ateliers and antiquarian shops, which is full of sounds and Mediterranean flavours that will make you fall in love.
Moreover, for those who are looking for culture as well as amusement, in the Marina quarter you will find numerous archaeological sites, from the incredible excavations of Punic and Roman periods to the wonderful medieval churches, which present a fascinating insight into an old and cultural city.
The Blu Suite is only 200 m from the harbour of Cagliari and from the train and bus station, and at only 15 minutes (by bus) from Cagliari airport and from the wonderful Poetto beach. TV, internet connection, air conditioned, kitchen, Jacuzzi bath and all you need for a great stay.
Dogs and cats are welcome
|Size||Sleeps up to 3, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Cagliari Poetto 1 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||300 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Cagliari 4 km, Nearest railway: Cagliari 300 m|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Video player, Satellite TV|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1)|
The Sardinia region
Sardinia is the second-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea (after Sicily and before Cyprus). It is an autonomous region of Italy, and the nearest land masses are (clockwise from north) the French island of Corsica, the Italian Peninsula, Sicily, Tunisia and the Spanish Balearic Islands.
Sardinia is one of two Italian regions, with Veneto, whose inhabitants have been recognised as a popolo (people) by the local statute which is adopted with a constitutional law, although in Veneto this was not through a constitutional law.
Rock lobster, scampi, bottarga, squid, tuna, sardines and other seafood figure prominently in Sardinian cuisine. Suckling pig and wild boar are roasted on the spit or boiled in stews of beans and vegetables, thickened with bread. Herbs such as mint and myrtle are used. Much Sardinian bread is made dry, which keeps longer than high-moisture breads.
Those are baked as well, including civraxiu, coccoi pinatus, a highly decorative bread and pistoccu made with flour and water only, originally meant for herders, but often served at home with tomatoes, basil, oregano, garlic and a strong cheese.
Envoronment, Fauna and Flora
The island has some environmental laws, after an enormous plan of reforestation it has become the Italian region with the largest forest extension, with 1,213,250 hectares of woods. The Regional Landscape Plan prohibits new building activities on the coast (except in urban centers), next to forests, lakes or other environmental or cultural sites and the Coastal conservation agency ensures the protection of natural areas on the Sardinian coast.
Paeonia of Gennargentu, flower symbol of Sardinia.
Sardinia is home to a wide variety of rare or uncommon animals and native plants and animals, such as a few species of mammals: the Mediterranean Monk Seal, the Giara horse, the Albino Donkey, the Mouflon, the Sardinian Long-eared Bat, the Sardinian Deer, the Sardinian fox, and the wild boar. Found only in Sardinia, Sicily, and the Maghreb, the Sardinian skink (Chalcides ocellatus), known more commonly as the tiligugu, can reach 30 cm (12 in) in length, of which almost half consists of the tail. Conversely, Sardinia lacks many common species such as the viper and the marmot, which are found everywhere else on the European continent.
The island has also long been used for grazing flocks of indigenous Sardinian sheep. Sardinia has four endemic subspecies of birds found nowhere else in the world: its Great Spotted Woodpecker (ssp harterti), Great Tit (ssp ecki), Chaffinch (ssp sarda), and Eurasian Jay (ssp ichnusae). It also shares a further 10 endemic subspecies of bird with Corsica. In some cases Sardinia is a delimited part of the species range. For example, the subspecies of Hooded Crow, Corvus cornix ssp cornix occurs in Sardinia and Corsica, but no further south.
Cagliari (Sardinian: Casteddu) is the capital of the island of Sardinia, a region of Italy. Cagliari's Sardinian name Casteddu literally means castle. It has about 156,000 inhabitants, or about 480,000 including the outlying townships (metropolitan area).
An ancient city with a long history, Cagliari has seen the rule of several civilizations. It was the capital of the Kingdom of Sardinia (which in the 1861 became the Kingdom of Italy) from 1324 to 1720 and from 1798 to 1815. Seat of the important University of Cagliari and the Primate Roman Catholic archdiocese of Sardinia, the city is an important regional cultural, educational, political and artistic centre, known for its diverse Art Nouveau architecture and several monuments.It is also Sardinia's economic and industrial hub, having one of the biggest ports in the Mediterranean sea, an international airport, and the 28th highest income rate in Italy, comparable to several Northern cities, such as Turin, Vicenza and Genoa.
Cagliari has a Mediterranean Climate, with hot dry summers and very mild winters. Its climate is comparable to that of Southern California, but it is often refreshed by north-westerly winds.
Cagliari is the "greenest" Italian city, thanks to its low level of smog and its several parks including the "Regional Park of Molentargius", where particular species of flora and fauna such as the Phoenicopterus ruber, Ardea purpurea, Himantopus himantopus etc. can be observed.
The main beach of Cagliari is the Poetto. It stretches for about eight kilometers, from Sella del Diavolo (the Devil's Saddle) up to the coastline of Quartu Sant'Elena. Poetto is also the name of the district located on the western stretch of the strip between the beach and Saline di Molentargius (Molentargius's Salt Mine). Another smaller beach is that of Calamosca near the Sant'Elia district.
Cagliari is close to other beautiful seaside locations, such as Maddalena Beach, Chia or Villasimius, still relatively unspoilt by tourism.
The old part of the city (called Castello, the castle) lies on top of a hill, with a wonderful view of the Gulf of Cagliari (also known as Angels Gulf). Most of its city walls are intact, and feature the two 13th century white limestone towers, St. Pancras Tower and the Elephant Tower. The local white limestone was also used to build the walls of the city and many buildings. D. H. Lawrence, in his lively memoir of a voyage to Sardinia, Sea and Sardinia, undertaken in January 1921, described the effect of the warm Mediterranean sun-light on the white limestone city and compared Cagliari to a "white Jerusalem". The city is said to be built on seven hills (Sant'Elia, Bonaria, Monte Urpinu, Castello, Monte Claro, Tuvixeddu and San Michele).
Sanctuary of Bonaria.
Saint Remy Bastion (The following is a direct translation of the entry in the Italian version of Wikipedia): The Promenade Deck and the Terrazza Umberto I, the latter built on the old ramparts of the Spur, were designed in 1896 by engineer Joseph Costa and Fulgenzio Setti. The entire building is in the classical style, with Corinthian columns, and was built of white and yellow limestone. It was opened in 1901. The staircase with two flights, by which you enter from Constitution Square, is interrupted in a covered walkway, and ends beneath the Arc de Triomphe, in the Terrazza Umberto I. In 1943, during the Second World War, the staircase and the Arch of Triumph were severely damaged by aerial bombardment, but after the war were faithfully reconstructed.
From the Terrazza Umberto I, accessed via a short flight of steps, is the Bastion of Santa Caterina, where there was an old Dominican convent, destroyed by fire in 1800. It is said that in the austere surroundings of the monastery, the conspiracy to kill the Viceroy Camarassa in 1668, the most dramatic episode of blood in the history of the city under Spanish rule, was laid.
The Promenade Deck, since it was inaugurated in 1902, has been variously used. At first it was used as a banqueting hall, then during the First World War was used as an infirmary. In the thirties, during the period of sanctions, it was an exhibition of autarchy. During the Second World War it was used as a shelter for displaced people whose homes had been destroyed by bombs. In 1948 it hosted the first Trade Fair of Sardinia. After many years of neglect, the Promenade was restored and re-evaluated as a cultural space reserved especially for art exhibitions.
The Cathedral was restored in the 1930s turning the former Baroque façade into a Medieval Pisan style façade, more akin to the original appearance of the church from the 13th century. The bell tower is original. The interior has a nave and two aisles, with a pulpit (1159–1162) sculpted for the Cathedral of Pisa but later donated to Cagliari. The crypt houses the remains of martyrs found in the Basilica of San Saturno (see below). Near the Cathedral is the palace of the Provincial Government (which used to be the island's governor's palace before 1900). In Castello is also the Sardinian Archaeological Museum, the biggest and most important regarding the prehistoric Nuragic civilisation of Sardinia. Finally, Castello hosts many craftsmen workshops in its tightened and scenic lanes.
The historic district "Castello"
The Basilica of San Saturnino is one of the most important Palaeo-Christian monuments in Sardinia. Dedicated to the martyr killed under Diocletian's reign, Saturninus of Cagliari (patron saint of the city), it was built in the 5th century. Of the original building the central part remain and the dome, to which two armes (one with a nave and two aisles) was added. A Palaeo-Christian crypt is also under the church of San Lucifero (1660), dedicated to Saint Lucifer, a bishop of the city. This has a Baroque façade with ancient columns and sculpted parts, some of which found in the nearby necropolis.
The Chiesa della Purissima is a church from the 16th century.
The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Bonaria was built by the Catalans in 1324–1329 during the siege to the Castle in which the Pisans had taken shelter. It has a small Gothic portal in the façade while the interior houses a wooden statue of the Madonna, which was thrown off a Spanish ship and landed at the foot of the Bonaria hill. The cloister of the convent is home to the Marinery Museum.
The other early districts of the town (Marina, Stampace, Villanova) retain much of their original appeal and still seem to function as distinct villages within the town.
Considerable other remains of the ancient city are still visible at Cagliari, the most striking of which are those of the Roman Amphitheatre, carved into a block of rock (the typical limestone from which Cagliari is built), and of an aqueduct; the latter a most important acquisition to the city, where fresh water is scarce. There exist also ancient cisterns of vast extent: the ruins of a small circular temple, and numerous sepulchres on a hill outside the modern town, which appears to have formed the necropolis of the ancient city. (Smyth's Sardinia, pp. 206, 215; Valery, Voyage en Sardaigne, c. 57.) The Amphitheatre still stages open-air operas and concerts during the summer.
The districts built in the 1930s sport some nice examples of Art Deco architecture and some controversial examples of Fascist neoclassicism, such as the Justice Court (Palazzo di Giustizia) in the Republic Square. The Justice Court is close to the biggest town park, Monte Urpinu, with its pine trees and artificial lakes. The park includes a vast area of a hill. The Orto Botanico dell'Università di Cagliari, the city's botanical garden, is also of interest.
Cagliari has one of the longest beaches in Italy. The Poetto beach stretches for 13 km and was famous for its white fine-grained sand. A recent controversial intervention to save the beach from erosion has slightly altered the original texture of the sand.
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26 Jun 2013
ottimo appartamento nel centro di cagliari esattamente nel quartiere marina che risulta essere un po' la brera milanese degli anni ottanta e un pò l'odierna barcellonal'appartamento è… More
9 Jun 2013
"CENTRAL LOCATION but flat would benefit from an eye to detail"
Like other reviewers, Paulo the owner kindly collected us from the bus station and took us the 10 minute drive to the apartment in his car. We had booked for 4 nights arriving on a Friday. On our fir… More
28 Sep 2012
"Beautiful, stylish and centrally located"
We were met by owner Paolo at the bus station and very kindly given a lift to the apartment in his car. The apartment itself was gorgeous, exactly how I would have decorated my own house :) Paolo was really helpful, and told us everything we needed to know about Cagliari- where to eat, where to shop, things to do etc. Close to bus station, and only a ten minute bus ride to the beautiful poetto beach. We stayed here 3 weeks, and would love to visit again, we were so sad to leave. Thank you so much Paolo and Mara :)
From Abi and Alex
2 Jul 2012
"A One-Bedroom Apartment with Small Kitchen, Perfect Location"
The owners are a married couple who used to live in this apartment before moving to a larger one. We took the bus downtown from the CAG airport (4 Euros) and they met us there (with their very cute d… More
28 Mar 2012
"Don't miss this chance to stay in the heart of Cagliari in a great Bed & Breakfast!!"
A two-month visiting professorship at the University of Cagliari put us in need of a comfortable living space with a good location. Never did we imagine that the solution to our housing problem would… More
13 Mar 2012
"thanks to pino and mara"
I just want to thank mr pino e mrs mara for their kindness during my staying in Cagliari. I don't need to describe how nice is the place, you can evaluate by youself by the photos. The value adde… More
8 Jan 2012
I was really satisfied with my choice of this solution instead of a classical hotel.I felt myself as if I were at home with the service provided by the owners that were really kind.The apartment is in… More
3 Jan 2012
"Perfect choice in Cagliari"
Customer service is excellent. Kind and helpful partners.Location is just perfect. The appt is right in the city centre. Easy access.The appt is on the first floor of a well treated building.Appt itse… More
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