Sailing west from Naples, we came to the Italian island of Sardinia. Its capital is Cagliari.
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!)
Poetto Beach with Poet’s Tower in the distance
In the summer the beaches are packed. But today all was shuttered up.
The salt flats are a favorite feeding ground for flamingos.
We visited the basilica of Our Lady of Bonaria. No peeking in during the service. Bad timing there…
Cagliari is an old city, built on hills with narrow gates and narrow streets.
Heavily bombed in WWII, some of these old buildings still show the damage.
You can just make out “MUSSOLINI” on this wall.
My favorite sight was the Cagliari Cathedral, built in the 13th century. It’s current façade was done in the 1930s.
The best part was the amazing crypt carved out of the limestone hill.
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.