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Cagliari is the capital of Sardinia, an autonomous island region in Italy. The city has had an eventful history, beginning around the 8th century BC as a Phoenician colony before changing hands to Carthage and later Rome. Take an afternoon walk through the streets and it will become quickly apparent that the history and culture of Cagliari is still thriving today. Although not part of the mainland, Cagliari offers all of the comforts of Italy, such as open air cafes tucked under arcades, historic buildings around every corner, and friendly locals; an idyllic weekend getaway destination. Finding and booking your ideal hotel in Cagliari can be a difficult task, yet with the help of Venere you can find the hotel best suited to your expectations and budget. Take advantage of thousands of user-submitted hotel reviews, hotel room photo galleries, and our interactive Google maps applet.
What's Cagliari Like?
The scenic streets and cityscape of Cagliari offer a picturesque destination for holiday goers, with history awaiting around every corner. One of the most iconic landmarks is the Bastione di Saint Remy (Bastion of Saint Remy), a neo-Classical fortification with a panoramic view of the city. The Royal Palace, although unassuming from the outside, is brimming with lavish artworks, gilded rococo details, and stately rooms which were occupied by the Viceroys of Sardinia. If sun, sea, and sand sounds more to your liking, you can check out one of the many white sandy beaches in Cagliari, such as Poetto, Golfo degli Angeli (Bay of Angels), and Calamosca Beach for a relaxing cocktail or you can splash about in the sapphire blue waters.
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The pleasant Mediterranean climate of Cagliari causes hot, dry summers with mild winters. On average the coldest temperature will be around 50°Fahrenheit in January, yet the summer months of July to September see temperatures of around 75°Fahrenheit, yet it may seem a little cooler due to gentle sea breezes. Although the locals understand and speak Italian, the widely spoken Romance language called Sardo is popular on the island, which shares more similarities with French than Italian. You can get by with an Italian pocket reference book, although many Sardinians will speak English thanks in part to the large tourist population. If you want to reach another town in Sardinia, the Ferrovie dello Stato railway station offers direct links to most destinations. Head over to the Venere website, and you can use our Google maps applet to find all of the popular attractions such as bars and beaches which are close to your Cagliari hotel.