FIERA INT. DELLA SARDEGNA
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The Cagliari Fair Centre, renovated several times to meet the evolving exhibition requirements, enjoys a panoramic position at the heart of the coast city. Situated in the famous viale Armando Diaz, it lies 1 km away from the Cagliari port, the Town Hall and the seat of the Regional Council. From the initial 15,000 m2, the Fair currently spreads over a roofed surface of 36,000 m2, and includes 12 pavilions and 3 congress facilities. Several pavilions are located on different levels, while others are based on the ground floor. The exhibition spaces were designed on a project by several architects and engineers such as architect Libera, who designed the recently renovated Sala Figari. Part of the Exhibition Centre since 2003, the Culture and Congress Centre, thanks to its facilities and technological resources,has become a leading-edge complex at European level. Three facilities form what is, by all means, a congress citadel: the Congress Centre, the Multisala Pavilion and Sala Figari, capable of hosting events for 300 to 3,000 people. With a total accommodation capacity of over 3,000 seats, it has become the congress space par excellence not only in Sardinia, but also in the Mediterranean area. On the strength of such a strategic position, the Congress Centre has played a key role in repositioning the Fair, now keen on drawing new sectors of the public and new markets to shake off Sardinia’s association with seaside tourism only. Set in extensive green spaces and surrounded by lush gardens, the Fair has that welcoming atmosphere typical of southern fairs. Dotted with benches and fountains to liven up the spaces, the Fair also runs open-air refreshment rooms that offer a pleasant respite in the summer season. A Fair whose main goal is to become the Fair of the Mediterranean.
Places to go
Places to go
Traditionally the leading port of Sardinia, Cagliari is a wonderful Mediterranean city abounding with so many archaeological treasures, lying at the centre of the homonymous gulf, tucked inside an extraordinary landscape, with beaches of beautiful white sand wedged between jagged coastlines, lush woods and caves.
Altura Castle: the city’s stronghold, fortified during the mediaeval ages, the old district enclosed partly by the walls with its two white stone mediaeval towers. A nice walk can start off from the entrances of the Saint Pancrazio tower or from porta dei Leoni, and continue through the maze of shaded alleys abounding with traditional small workshops or with restoration laboratories. Brace yourself for the sudden, spectacular glimpses you may get from the S. Remy rampart or along the Balice and Santa Croce wall. The most important churches are the Santa Maria cathedral, which has undergone many a renovation, and the 16th century Purissima church. From via Fra’ Ignazio da Laconi, you can catch a glimpse of the Roman amphitheatre, carved completely in the rock. The Marina district hits you with the contrast between the stillness of its tiny streets, squares and flights of steps behind the port, and the hustle and bustle of largo Carlo Felice and via Manno, the business hub of Cagliari.
Pay a visit to the S. Gilla lagoon, just outside Cagliari, to admire the colonies of pink flamingos. Or to Nora (about 20 km away), one of the oldest centres in Sardinia, with Phoenician ruins at the bottom of the path leading to the sea.
LUNGOMARE COLOMBO 46
Tucked in the heart of Cagliari, near the seafront, conveniently located for the airport, refined establishment, general comfort guaranteed, with welcoming rooms in a sweet atmosphere (some affording a panoramic view), American bar, enchanting summer garden and restaurant.
VIALE REGINA MARGHERITA 44
Situated in the old town centre, just a stone's throw away from the shopping streets, first-class establishment, boasting the whole range of international standards. Comfortable, ample rooms, elegant common halls, American bar with service on the terrace.
Ulivi e Palme***
VIA P. BEMBO 25
Located in a residential area, hotel offering overnight stay and breakfast, in ample rooms with terracotta flooring, or residence option in its over 100 apartments with kitchenette, panoramic “Severino a Cagliari” restaurant run separately. Buses heading downtown stop just a few steps away.
VIALE REGINA MARGHERITA 28
The Deidda family is an institution in Sardinian cuisine, Cagliari in particular. This eatery boasts a classical aura, and is famous for its professional service and cooking standards; the menu includes fishbased specialities.
VIA CAVOUR 60, TEL. 070665870
Small, elegant restaurant, offering regional cuisine, with a twist of innovation: artichoke salad with salted mullet roe, fried squid misticanza-style, sea bass with sparkling wine and saffron, and homemade mousse.
VIA SASSARI 47, TEL. 070664735
The trattoria still holds that old, charming atmosphere, with scores of offers awaiting you. The menu includes traditional dishes, professionally prepared using local ingredients, either land or sea.
The tiny streets around the castle are a great spot for evening strolls; lots of hangouts have sprung up over the past few years, where you can choose either to dine, drink or just listen to live music. The Marina, instead, knows how to tempt its visitors, with its family-run trattorie and cheap haunts and upscale restaurants.
VIA J.D. ROCKEFELLER 39/41
Two-level lounge establishment, ethnic style, mainly African, refined furnishing and design. Always packed.
Irish Pub Old Square
VIA MADDALENA FRONTE
PIAZZA DEL CARMINE, 26/28
The pleasure of feeling Irish in Cagliari, in a country style pub located in one of the oldest squares in town. Graced by more than 3,000 guests who love its vast assortment of beer and evening schedule.
Bonu – Cose Buone dalla Sardegna
VIALE DIAZ 162
Typical regional products: cheese, salumi, tuna and mullet bottarga, pane carasau, selection of local wine and traditional sweet pastry.