It’s summer started and it’s officially time to start holidays planning. Finished schools, incoming holidays and a world at our feet that awaits us with so many different goals. But how beautiful is Italy? Too much, and unfortunately we never quite realize it. That’s why I want to tell you today and recommend a great trip to Sardinia. Our beautiful Sardinia.
Holidays in Sardinia: what to visit in Sardinia
Latitude 40° 3 ‘ 0 “N, longitude 9° 5’ 0” E, altitude 334 meters above sea level. About 1.656.003 inhabitants for 5 provinces in one of the most beautiful destinations in Italy. Second island of the Mediterranean and third Italian region by size area. But Sardinia is not just this. It is not just its capital city Cagliari and the most renowned places to see. The Emerald Coast, the Maddalena Archipelago National Park, Barbagia, Tiscali Village, Cala Mariolu and Cala Goloritzé. O Su Gorropu and Stintino, to name a few. It is also a huge artistic and cultural heritage that deserves to be known and visited.
Cultural and artistic heritage to be visited in Sardinia
Not everyone knows how much there is a high concentration of monuments as well as archaeological and historical-artistic sites distributed throughout the territory. Of course, to know them well there is no other way than direct experience. However, a mini guide divided by historical periods, with the most important stages, I think it can be a good starting point in deciding what to visit during the holidays, according to our every personal interest.
Prehistoric age (from the earliest testimonies of man to writing)
Temple-altar of Monte d’Accoddi in Ottawa. The hypothetical tombs called “domus de jeans“. The tombs of giants in Santa Teresa di Gallura. And the various megalithic circles, menhirs, dolmen, well-known temples and nuraghi throughout the region. Her most beautiful nuraghe, in my opinion, is that of Sorradile.
Ancient age (from writing to the fall of the Roman Empire in 476 a.C.)
All the main centers of the Romanesque island. Especially the great coastal towns of Cagliari, Nora, Sant’Antioco, Tharros and Porto Torres. They offer mosaics, palaces, spas, aqueducts, bridges, theaters, amphitheatres and cathedrals typical of the time. Among them are the Palace of King Barbaro and the Basilica of San Gavino in Porto Torres, the Roman amphitheater in Cagliari, the cathedral of Sant’Antioco of Bisarcio in Ozieri, St. Peter of Sorres in Borutta, St. Nicholas at Ottana, palatine chapel Holy Mary of the Kingdom at Ardara. And the Churches of Our Lady of Tergu, Basilica of Saccargia in Codrongianos, Santa Maria in Uta.
Medieval age (from the fall of the Roman Empire to the discovery of America in 1492)
Capitals, sarcophagi, frescoes and marble altars begin to enrich the architectures of Sardinia. Among these are the cathedrals of Santa Maria di Monserrato in Tratalias and San Pantaleo in Dolianova. In Cagliari there is the oldest Gothic-Catalan church, the sanctuary of Our Lady of Bonaria, the Aragonese chapel inside the cathedral, the complex of San Domenico, the church of San Francesco di Stampace and the church of San Giacomo. In Alghero there are the church of San Francesco and the cathedral. Instead, as beautiful Renaissance architecture, St. Nicholas Cathedral and St. Catherine’s Church both in Sassari and the church of Saint Augustine in Cagliari.
Modern age (from the discovery of America to the French Revolution in 1789)
Wide emphasis on baroque architecture. The Collegiate Church of Sant’Anna and the Church of San Michele in Cagliari. The facade of St. Nicholas cathedral in Sassari and the cathedrals of Ales and Oristano.
Contemporary Age (from the French Revolution to today)
Neoclassical inspirations throughout the Sardinian territory by architect Gaetano Cima. Palazzo and Civic Theater of Sassari by Giuseppe Comiotti. Cathedral of Santa Maria della Neve in Nuoro and the Dome of Santa Maria di Betlem in Sassari realized by Antonio Cano. Neogothic instead is the Palazzo Giordano di Sassari. Interesting influences in the period of fascism are found in the centers of Fertilia, Arborea and Carbonia. Lastly, it is impossible to mention the headquarters of the Bank of Credit Sardo in Cagliari by Renzo Piano for those who love modernity.
How to reach Sardinia for our holidays
Sardinia is an island and as such it can be reached in two ways. Or by plane, landing in Olbia, Cagliari or Alghero. Or take advantage of ferries. I always recommend trips where you can take advantage of the car as it allows you to fully enjoy the local traditions, landscapes and organize the itineraries as best we want in complete freedom. So getting to Sardinia with the car necessarily requires the use of the ferry. I would like to inform you about this site: https://www.traghetti-sardegna.it/. Taking over sea transfers to and from the Italian islands and Corsica, is the best reference point for direct ferries to Sardinia. Not only, even off-season, for a holiday to discover the tremendous wealth of the terriotiory, it’s always possible to find several promotions more than tempting. Concluding, I only have to remind you not to ever grumble from the places you visit because if we all did, with the passing of time, the Sardinian wonders would be nothing more. And now I bid you off, I leave you with PRENOTAZIONI24 for your most beautiful Sardinia trip. Good holidays at all! :*
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