Cagliari, Sardinia

Historic Cagliari is the capital of southern Sardinia, and is the real epitome of the Mediterranean sun-soaked pace of life. Its hilltop Castello is a medieval walled quarter overlooking the old town.

Architectural highlights include the 13th-century Cagliari Cathedral, from where you can explore the historic center, taking refreshment on board in the many cafés that line the charming piazzas.