A Visit to Cagliari, Italy

The best way to get to the historic capital of Sardinia is by sea, a city rising in a helter-skelter of facades, domes, and palazzo up to the rocky centerpiece. Although Tunisia is nearer than Rome, this city is the most Italian among the Sardinia cities. Friends of mine who run Performance Chiropractic + Physiotherapy shared stories of their Italian adventure of Vespas buzzing down boulevards and locals relaxing at cafes tucked down arcades in the Marina district. Here are the top must-see attractions in Cagliari, Italy.

Cattedrale di Santa Maria
Cagliari’s elegant 13th-century cathedral stands gracefully on Piazza Palazzo. Apart from the bell tower, little relics of the first Gothic structure remains: the Pisan-Romanesque exterior is a twentieth-century imitation, added in 1938. Inside, the former Gothic church has disappeared underneath an icing of baroque décor, the outcome of a radical late-seventeenth-century makeover. Shining frescoes beautify the ceilings and the side chapels’ spillover with lush sculptural whirls.

II Castello
This hilltop citadel is the most iconic image in Cagliari, its palazzo, towers, and domes, once home to the aristocracy of the city, rising above the ramparts constructed by the Aragonese and Pisans. Inside the ramparts, the old Gothic city divulges itself just like a Pandora’s box. The Pisan palaces, museums, cathedral, and university are crammed into a jigsaw of high-walled alleys. Although it may seem sleepy, this area harbors several cafes, bars, and boutiques popular with hipsters, students, and visitors.

Bastione di Saint Remy
This huge neoclassical structure, consisting of a panoramic terrace, monumental stairway, and gallery space, was built into the medieval walls of the city between 1899 and 1902. The highlight includes the graceful Umberto I terrace, which offers breathtaking views over the jumbled rooftops of Cagliari to the distant mountains as well as the sea.

Poetto Beach
A bus ride from the city center, Cagliari’s legendary Poetto beach stretches for 7 kilometers beyond the Promontorio di Sant’Elia, also known as Devil’s Saddle (Sella del Diavola). In the summer, many people come here to sunbathe and party in the bars and restaurants that line the beach.

Museo Archeologico Nazionale
Of the four Citadella dei Musei museums, this stands out. The premier archaeological museum in Sardinia displays artifacts spanning many years of history, from the Neolithic, through the Iron and Bronze Ages to the Roman and Phoenician eras. Highlights include an excellent bronze figurines collection and Giganti di Monte Parma (a sequence of colossal figures), which are an important source of information of mysterious Nuraghic culture in Sardinia.

Top 3 Road Trip Essentials That You Should Always Pack

Regardless of how you do it or whom you do it with, one thing is certain – going on a road trip is always a fun experience. So while road trips can be fun, just like pretty much any other type of travel, besides having a lot of advantages, road tripping has some disadvantages as well. We all know that spending hours on a road trip can be very fun, right? Of course it can, but if you are going to the one behind the wheel, there are some things that you should take care of before hitting the road. One such thing is simply called the car safety.

When it comes to road tripping, preparing your car for the trip is a very important step. But don’t even think about rushing through this scenario! Instead, take your time to check if everything is working the way it should be, and if you notice that something is not right with your car, make sure to fix it before hitting the road. Also, don’t forget to pack a flashlight, headlamp, car manual and jumper cables, as well as some extra oil. Store these items in one place either under a car seat or in the trunk. This way, they will be easily accessible once you hit the road. With that said, here are three more road trip essentials that you should always pack!

First Aid Kit
Your safety should always be your number one priority. That being said, don’t even think about going on a road trip without bringing a first aid kit with you. Accidents happen and being on the road for days could really take a toll on your body. This is why first aid kit is such an important thing to pack before hitting the road.

Car Attire
Keep your feet warm by wearing a comfortable pair of socks. You should also wear shoes that you can easily get your feet in and out of whenever you feel like it. Not only will this keep your physical well-being in good condition, but it will make the whole trip much more comfortable as well.

Healthy Food
Be sure to bring some healthy snacks with you. Another very important thing that you should pack is a bottle of water. You don’t want to get dehydrated in the middle of your trip, do you?