Venue, Weather, Infos, History and Culture

Conference Venue

Weather in Cagliari

Other Useful Infos

Cagliari: History and Culture

The Poetto Beach

Conference Venue

The conference site and main accommodation will be at the T-Hotel. Address: Via dei Giudicati, 66, 09131 Cagliari, phone number: +39 070 070 47400, email:
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History and Culture

Cagliari (the capital city of Sardegna), was founded by Phoenicians almost 3000 years ago. Often referred to as the "City of the Sun", Cagliari has some interesting medieval architecture and archaeological wonders left behind by different cultures. Phoenicians founded the ancient port town of Cagliari (known as Karalis), and many different civilizations later have dominated and influenced its culture: Romans, Pisans, Spanish.

Besides its crystal-clear sea and one of the most beautiful and longest beaches in the Mediterranean (10 km), Cagliari offers an unspoiled natural environment consisting of lagoons, bird sanctuaries, and wildlife reserves which are unique in Europe. Il Poetto, Cagliari’s most popular stretch of beach spans from the Devil’s Saddle to the Margine Rosso (Red Bluff). Behind Il Poetto, the salt water Stagno di Molentargius provides a habitat for flamingos.

Cagliari’s historic “old town” (Castello) has an appealing North African character. In the Castello district, the Romans and, later, Pisans, built defenses. You can linger at the various archaeological sites along the route, or visit the Cittadella dei Musei (the former royal arsenal). It houses several museums, including the Museo Nazionale Archaeologico. This museum has an extensive collection of Sardinian artifacts from the Nuraghic era to the Byzantine, ornaments from the Punic Phoenician Age, and impressive Roman glass works and mosaics. Also in the Cittadella dei Musei is the Pinacoteca, an art gallery which displays medieval and Baroque religious paintings.

Or, visit the Duomo (Cattedrale di Santa Maria). Constructed by the Pisans during the second half of the 13th century, this massive Gothic cathedral was dedicated to the Virgin Mary and St. Cecilia and modeled after the one in Pisa. It contains art by Pisan masters. The pulpits on either side of the main door, carved in 1162, are by Gugliemo, and the four wrestling lions at the base of the altarpiece are by Pisano.

And in the Piazza San Cosimo, the 6th-century church of San Saturnino is a rare monument to Byzantine occupation.

Don’t miss the Bastione San Remy on Piazza Costituzione which offers magnificent views over the city and surrounding countryside.

Today, Cagliari maintains the energy of a modern European city, with chic boutiques, and the island’s largest university. The Roman Amphitheater continues to dazzle visitors with live theater, musical, ballet and dance shows, martial arts, opera, and concerts in July and August. Last, but not least, Cagliari will offer some of the best sea food you can find world-wide

Have a look at the following interesting article on Cagliari from the NY Times:

New York Times about Cagliari
For a concise touristic guide check A guide to Cagliari

The Poetto Beach

Poetto is the closest and most popular beach to Cagliari. The name of this long sandy shore, from "Sella del Diavolo" ("The Saddle of the Devil") to "Margine Rosso" (The Red Boarder) in Quartu probably derives from the tower called "del poeta" ("of the poet") which stands on the Eastern side of the S. Elia promontory.

When the Mistral blows it is possible to understand the origin of the fable which gave "Golfo degli Angeli" and "Sella del Diavolo" their names. Golfo degli Angeli is the gulf where Cagliari is situated and Sella del Diavolo is the hill that overlooks Poetto from the South. As the legend goes devils took control of the Gulf. They were defeated by the Archangel Michel after a long hard battle. During the devils retreat their leader Lucifero, lost his saddle which fell into the sea and became petrified. Since then the Angels have taken care of the Gulf and have promised ever lasting peace.

For a complete article check The sea and the sand of Cagliari: The Poetto beach

Weather in Cagliari

MonthT minT maxRainHumidityWindHours of sunshine
May12 °C22 °C24 mm71 %SSE 15 km/h9 h
June16 °C27 °C9 mm67 %SSE 15 km/h10 h
Meteo archive • Historical data taken on daily basis
Mid-May usually marks the start of the long "good"-season (Mid-May to end of October). However, there is a small possibility of some rain. We suggest bringing bathing suits. In the evening a jacket may be needed.

Other Useful Infos

• Electricity 220 volt A.C.

• Tipping No tipping is required in restaurants of taxis

• Smoking It is forbidden in public buildings, restaurants, cafés etc.

• ATM There are several ATMs in the hotel area within walking distance of the T-Hotel.