Cagliari

Green Cagliari

more than a year ago

There will be many of you who will need a break from the heat and the panting up and down Cagliari's steep hills. There are some beautiful, breezy parks with lots of trees and shade, vital in the summer months! Make the most of them!

On the western side of Urpinu Hill (Monte Urpinu, via Leo, Jan, Dec open 07:00 - 18:00, Feb, Nov 06:30 - 19:00, Mar 06:00 - 19:30, Apr 05:30 - 20:00, May 05:00 - 21:00, Jun - Aug 05:00 - 22:00, Sep 05:30 - 21:00, Oct 06:00 - 20:00) there's a pleasant pond with ducks and geese, while peacocks walk freely all over the gardens. They're fairly shy animals, so you might need to be on the look-out if you hope to see some. If you get all the way up to the top, you'll be gratified by a splendid view of the gulf of Cagliari and of the city. It has easily the best children's play area in the city, along with plenty of shady benches surrounding it for tired parents to relax on.

At the top of St Michael Hill (Colle San Michele, via Cinquini, Jan - Mar open 07:00 - 19:30, Apr, Oct 07:00 - 20:00, May, Sep 06:30 - 20:30, Jun - Aug 07:00 - 19:30) is the homonymous castle, which hosts exhibitions. Its children's play area is a little smaller than the others, and its one toilet is a little hard to find, but this really is the place to come if you want the best views in all Cagliari as from the top of the hill you can see for miles in all directions. In the grounds there is both a bar and a restaurant and there is even a lift for those who don't fancy the, admittedly steep, climb to the top.

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