Our host town: Cagliari
Picturesque historical districts with sea views, elegant shopping streets and panoramic terraces, including the bastione di Santa Croce, a great place for a romantic evening after a fiery sunset. Cagliari is Sardinia’s main and most populous city, at the centre of an urban area that counts 430,000 inhabitants (150,000 of them in the capital city alone) as well as the island’s gateway port and main Mediterranean cruise liner hub. The city’s history goes back thousands of years, from pre-historic times to the reign of the Savoy.
The Castello quarter sits perched on its highest hill and boasts ancient bastions that today are the heart and soul of nightlife, and picturesque streets lined by grand old homes. The medieval towers that stand guard at the entrance to the castle are well worth notice. Villanova connects to the Castle quarter via the stairway of the bastione di Saint Remy.
Below Castello you’ll find the Marina quarter, which will impress you with lovely buildings and the porticos of Via Roma. Settled as a village of fishermen and merchants, it is the symbol of the town’s multi-ethnicity. Here you will find the Church of Sant’Eulalia, home to precious remains from the Roman era. The Stampace quarter is the venue of the colourful yearly festival of Sant’Efisio in May, an event the entire island enjoys. Its narrow streets are home to the baroque Church of Sant’Anna. Don’t forget to visit the nearby Anfiteatro, one of Sardinia’s most important Roman ruins, and the Botanical gardens, a green oasis in the city’s centre.
Just outside of town is the Castle of San Michele and Tuvixeddu, the Mediterranean’s largest Phoenician-Punic necropolis (VI-III century BCE). When you are ready to surround yourself with nature, you can head towards a thousand different natural attractions: the Cagliari lagoon, the Molentargius-Saline park, which you can visit on a mountain bike, to see the pink flamingos take flight, and, of course, the sea.
Take a dip at Poetto, the city’s 8 km long soft sandy beach along which there is a walking trail and cycling path. Even at night, when it reveals its more glamorous side, it is a delight. You can take an excursion to Calamosca and Sella del Diavolo from Poetto.
And, finally, there is the local cuisine to be enjoyed, spaghetti with bottarga(cured mullet or tuna roe) and artichokes, burrida made with catshark and walnuts, and fregula con cocciula, balls of semola with clams.
In the heart of the Mediterranean sea, Sardinia remains an undiscovered treasure of nature. In less than two hours from most European cities with three international airports, you can reach the best location for flming: incredible nature, sunshine and magic in a rich wild landscape. The famous seductive beaches and stunning archipelagos embrace the soaring granite peaks, wind-shaped mesas and unique ecosystems compete with the futuristic SciFi landscapes of the Mine-Areas and its monumental white-sand desert dunes. Sardinia is also the land of sustainability: a combination of hi-tech renewable energies centers and fabulous wines, a rich cultural heritage of ancient nuragic towers, Carthaginian and Roman ruins, Baroque churches and wild horses, all magically experienced by the local communities with religious rituals and world-famous cuisine in every small town.
OUR LOCAL PARTNER : THE SARDEGNA FILM COMMISSION FOUNDATION
The Sardegna Film Commission Foundation is your connection with local talent, investors and all the best that our island can oﬀer at any stage of your project: the ideal gateway to the island for your audiovisual project. Regional Funds and incentives are part of the deal, combined with many in-kind services (including location scouting, creative producing assistance, exclusive access to public buildings and lands, all tailored to your project). Additional incentives are oﬀered to productions that apply our Green Set Protocols.
THE ISLAND OF SUSTAINABILITY
Since 2014, Sardegna Film Commission Foundation is encouraging green production practices on the island, pushing for an audiovisual industry that commits to be sustainable from an environmental, social and economic perspective. Filmmakers and production companies are introduced to simple and practical solutions to limit their carbon footprint on set while reducing their budgets.
Discover the Sardegna Green Film Shooting protocol at www.sardegnafilmcommission.it