Cagliari, Sardinia

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Sailing west from Naples, we came to the Italian island of Sardinia.  Its capital is Cagliari.

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Cagliari – Wikipedia

Our tour started with a drive to the beach.  Unfortunately it was not beach weather. A big storm had been through during the previous night and it left the day cool and windy (this was November – what do you expect!)

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Poetto Beach with Poet’s Tower in the distance

In the summer the beaches are packed.  But today all was shuttered up.

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The salt flats are a favorite feeding ground for flamingos.

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We visited the basilica of Our Lady of Bonaria.  No peeking in during the service.  Bad timing there…

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Next was the archeology museum. DSC06325 C

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Cagliari is an old city, built on hills with narrow gates and narrow streets.

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Heavily bombed in WWII, some of these old buildings still show the damage.

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You can just make out “MUSSOLINI” on this wall.

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My favorite sight was the Cagliari Cathedral, built in the 13th century.  It’s current façade was done in the 1930s.

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The best part was the amazing crypt carved out of the limestone hill.

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At the end of our tour we were in the right spot to take advantage of the sun peeking out.  The limestone bastions were aglow.

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