Closed in the middle of the great urban avenues Largo Carlo Felice, Viale Regina Margherita and Via Roma, this is the district facing the port, and because of its position, it has always been a very lively place. Being the traditional seat of the port laborers and the commercial trades, it is still the most crowded zone of Cagliari. Today, the district is considered as Cagliari’s "shopping corner", but there is certainly more than that worth to be mentioned. For instance its promenade, Via Roma, a pleasant walk in boulevard style facing the harbor with its beautiful buildings of the end of the 19th century-beginning of the 20th: this is the ideal place to enjoy a coffee break or an aperitif under the porches. Alternatively, you may leave the sea behind and aim straight at the heart of the district, which had to fight against a condition of degradation which followed the Second World War, and against the plan of modernization brought about by the municipality - the Old Market replaced by bank institutes or the old cinemas turned into boutiques are an example of this- Despite all this, however, the district has preserved a certain charm. It hosts in fact many historical hotels, where illustrious literates of the past two centuries passed by, and numerous churches, like Sant’Eulalia, Santa Rosalia, Santi Giorgio and Caterina, Sant’Agostino, some of which represented a gathering point for the various communities (Sicilian, Genoese exc..) which settled in Cagliari for economic and commercial purposes.
But above all, no matter how short your visit will be, don’t miss the chance to enjoy a lunch or dinner in one of the many fish restaurants situated in the maze of streets behind the Marina. It would be difficult to suggest one place in particular, being the average quality level very high, and prices rather affordable. The best advice is to follow your own taste, and let yourself guide by the dish of the day.