Cities’ Identity Through Architecture and Arts (CITAA) – 8th Edition
Cities’ Identity Through Architecture and Arts (CITAA) – 8th Edition

Call For Papers

  • 17, Sep / 19, Sep 2024
  • University of Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy
Conference Email
[email protected]

Every city possesses a unique and valuable identity that is expressed through its physical and visual form. This identity is perceived by its residents and users, shaping their collective memories. The city's identity comprises its physical spaces and the images formed through memory cues, which in turn affect tourism, education, culture, and economic prosperity. Arts and architecture play a significant role in shaping the history of civilizations and fostering the growth of ancient and modern cities. This extends beyond buildings and constructions to encompass traditions, cultural beliefs, and communal arts.

By honoring our traditions and civilizations, which have left behind architectural wonders, we pave the way for future generations to develop and preserve their own identity. Through the discipline of architecture which is as ancient as humanity itself, safety and security, evolved from being a basic need against external threats to sophisticated art forms that express cultural identity and present architectural beauty to the world.

IEREK is delighted to announce that this year's conference will take place in the University of Cagliari and the University of Portsmouth provides a remarkable backdrop for our exploration of cities' identities and the transformative power of architecture and arts.

Cagliari, offers a unique example of urban identity that perfectly aligns with the aims of our conference. The city's rich history, architectural splendor, and vibrant artistic heritage make it an ideal setting for engaging discussions and immersive experiences related to the theme of identity through architecture and arts.

During the conference, participants will have the opportunity to witness firsthand the distinctiveness of Cagliari's urban identity. From the captivating , with its architectural marvels, to the charming streets and squares that reflect the city's cultural heritage, Cagliari offers a living testament to the profound interplay between architecture, arts, and the identity of a city.

Exploring Cagliari's urban fabric will provide valuable insights and inspiration for participants as they explore into the conference's diverse program of events. Through keynote speeches, panel discussions, workshops, exhibitions, and the multifaceted dimensions of cities' identities, drawing upon Cagliari's unique example as a catalyst for meaningful dialogue and exploration.


The “Cities Identity through Arts and Architecture” conference envelops topics concerning the conservation of cities’ identities through arts and architecture. It addresses multiple topics of contention concerning cities’ heritage and conservation efforts, such as the influence of artistic expression and creativity on cities’ safety, traditional artistic techniques & architecture, historical eras, and their construction practices, and sustainable preservation practices.

Statement of Purpose

Set in culturally rich Italy, the 8th edition of CITAA intends to develop a healthy discourse surrounding the topic of heritage preservation, and the maintenance of cities' identities in an increasingly evolving world. Historical architectural marvels and traditional cultural norms are wells of inspiration, that younger generations can reflect upon and be inspired, iterating upon the works of their forefathers, and leading their nation forward. This conference aims to highlight sustainable methods of heritage & identity preservation and the significance of historical dimensions in shaping contemporary design.

Conference Topics
  • 1. Architecture and Cultural Identity

    1.1 Architecture as a reflection of cultural identity
    1.2 Traditional and vernacular architecture in shaping local identity
    1.3 Architectural symbolism and its role in expressing cultural values
    1.4 The influence of cultural heritage on contemporary architectural design
    1.5 Architecture's contribution to preserving and promoting cultural identity in urban contexts

  • 2. Urban Art and City Identity

    2.1 Street art and graffiti: Exploring their impact on urban identity
    2.2 Public art installations and their role in shaping cityscapes
    2.3 Sculpture and monuments: Commemorating history and reinforcing identity
    2.4 Muralism and community engagement: Fostering a sense of place and belonging
    2.5 Performing arts in public spaces: Celebrating cultural diversity and urban identity

  • 3. Architecture, Memory, and History

    3.1 Architectural preservation and its relationship to collective memory
    3.2 Adaptive reuse of historic buildings: Balancing preservation and contemporary needs
    3.3 Architectural heritage and its impact on local identity and storytelling 3.4 3.4 Architecture as a vessel of history: Case studies of transformative preservation projects
    3.5 Designing memorials and commemorative spaces: Architecture's role in honoring collective memory

  • 4. Identity and Sustainable Architecture

    4.1 Sustainable architecture as an expression of environmental consciousness and identity
    4.2 Biophilic design: Enhancing well-being and reinforcing a connection to nature
    4.3 Sustainable materials and construction techniques in architectural practice
    4.4 Energy-efficient buildings: Integration of renewable energy systems and passive design strategies
    4.5 Green urbanism: Creating sustainable communities and fostering a unique identity

  • 5. Digital Art and Virtual Realities

    5.1 Digital art installations in urban environments: Blurring boundaries and enhancing identity
    5.2 Augmented reality and interactive experiences: Redefining urban narratives
    5.3 Virtual reality in architectural visualization: Exploring future design possibilities
    5.4 Immersive digital experiences: Transforming urban spaces and engaging with audiences
    5.5 Digital storytelling and its impact on the perception of urban identity

  • 6. Architecture, Social Justice, and Inclusivity

    6.1 Architecture's role in promoting social equity and inclusivity in cities
    6.2 Designing for accessibility: Creating inclusive built environments
    6.3 Participatory design approaches: Engaging communities in shaping their own urban identity
    6.4 Affordable housing and social infrastructure: Architecture's contribution to equitable urban development
    6.5 Reimagining public spaces: Design interventions for fostering social interaction and inclusivity

  • 7. Contemporary Architectural Expressions

    7.1 Contemporary architectural movements and their influence on city identity
    7.2 Iconic architecture: Creating landmarks and cultural symbols
    7.3 Parametric design and digital fabrication: Pushing the boundaries of architectural expression
    7.4 Minimalism and simplicity in architectural design: Aesthetic reflections of urban identity
    7.5 Futurism and visionary architecture: Exploring new possibilities and challenging conventions

  • 8. Heritage Preservation

    8.1 Preserving cultural heritage in rapidly changing urban environments
    8.2 Adaptive reuse of historical buildings and sites
    8.3 Balancing preservation and development: Challenges and solutions
    8.4 Technology and innovation in heritage preservation
    8.5 Community engagement in heritage conservation and revitalization

  • 9. Public Art and Technology Integration

    9.1 The role of public art in shaping urban identity
    9.2 Exploring the intersection between technology and art, architecture, and urbanism
    9.3 Art interventions and placemaking in public spaces
    9.4 Light art and urban illumination: Transforming cityscapes and nocturnal identity
    9.5 Art as a catalyst for social change and urban transformation

  • 10. Social and Economic Impacts of Architecture and Arts

    10.1 The economic value of architecture and arts in cities
    10.2 Creative industries and urban development
    10.3 The social impact of cultural institutions and creative spaces
    10.4 Artistic interventions in urban regeneration and social justice
    10.5 Architecture and arts as drivers of tourism and cultural exchange

Registration & Fees

A. Physical Attendance

Type of Registration ASTI Book by Springer Scopus indexed Open Access IEREK press Journals Co-author/ Audience Payment Deadline
Student 300 € 250 € 150 €


17 June 2024

Academic 350 € 300 € 200 €
Professional 400 € 350 € 200 €

** Please note that after 17 June 2024, there will be an additional 50 Euro added to the fees ** 

  • The Confirmation/Payment Completion period will take place from 17 April 2024 to 17 June 2024.
  • The registration fee does not cover accommodation or travel expenses. A list of accommodation options can only be suggested by our team if available. Contact [email protected] to inquire.

The physical fee covers:

  • The conference Kit inclusive of: a softcopy of the abstracts book on a USB/CD, Conference notebook, IEREK pen, Conference Flyers/ Printouts.

  • IEREK Participation/ Contribution Certificate

  • Preliminary Acceptance Letters

  • Consideration for publishing in the IEREK ASTI series by Springer or IEREK Press

  • Lunches and Coffee Breaks

  • If multiple abstracts are submitted by the same first author submitted to the conference, a 25% discount is applied to each additional submission.

  • Each research paper should have one main author who should pay the full fee (Author fees) regardless of attendance. Co-authors, each, have their own fees to pay to attend the event. This applies to online attendance as well as physical attendance.

  • A research paper fee allows only one author, whether main or co-author, to attend the conference and receive only one copy of the conference Abstract book in both hard and soft copies. Extras can be requested for an additional fee.

  • Professionals are categorized as participants who are not affiliated with universities such as practitioners, policymakers, entrepreneurs etc.

  • Students must provide proof of enrollment in a university by providing an enrollment certificate or a valid university ID (with issue/ expiry date) etc.

  • Additionally, you have the option to present your submitted abstract as a presentation without the intention of publishing your work, for information about the fees and additional details, please feel free to get in touch with us at: [email protected].

B. Online Attendance

Type of Registration ASTI Book by Springer Scopus indexed Open Access IEREK Press Journals Co-author/ Audience Payment Deadline
Student 250 € 200 € 50 €


17 June 2024

Academic 300 € 250 € 100 €
Professional 350 € 300 € 100 €

** Please note that after 17 June 2024, there will be an additional 50 Euro added to the fees ** 

The online fee covers:
  • A softcopy of the abstracts book and/ or hard copy (excluding shipping)

  • IEREK Participation/ Contribution Certificate in softcopy

  • Acceptance Letters in softcopy

  • Consideration for publishing in the IEREK ASTI series by Springer or IEREK Press

  • Access to conference recordings

C. Extra Fees

*Authors may request that their kits be delivered, for an additional fee decided by the courier, and upon request. Alternatively, authors located in Egypt can pick them up from Cairo/ Alexandria office.

Additional Conference Kit (Excluding Delivery) *Contact us for a quotation on shipping fees.   

100 €

Loyalty Membership Discounts

The more you attend, the more you're rewarded! 
IEREK offers its loyal participants with the following discounts depending on his/her attendance: 











*The aforementioned discounts are only applicable during Regular and Late Payment times. For more information, please refer to 'Important Dates'.

Payment Methods

 Payment of the registration fee can be made via the following methods (only after online registration):

1. Bank transfer 

Kindly send a request to the conference coordinator/ email and CC [email protected] to receive bank details to complete the payment.

2. Online payment gateway (PayPal)

Participants who would like to complete their payments online must send a request to the conference coordinator/ email and CC [email protected] to receive a customized link to complete their payments.

3. Cash in IEREK branches

Payment in person can be arranged. Please contact the conference coordinator/ Email to receive further information.

Payment Terms and Guidelines:

  • Read more on Important Dates. For information on payment dates, kindly send a request to the conference coordinator/email and CC [email protected] to receive payment details to complete the payment.

  • Authors who have registered and completed payment for virtual attendance CAN request a change to physical attendance. However, a change from physical to virtual is NOT possible.

  • After online registration and payment, the registration fee cannot be reimbursed.

  • Final Acceptance/ rejection of your full/ extended paper (if submitted) can only be given after the peer review process.

  • Inclusion in the conference program, acceptance letters issuance and consideration for publication must be preceded by registration and payment completion.

  • Online Payment (only) should only be completed once a proforma invoice is issued with respective instructions for successful payment.

  • Contact our Financial Department for inquiries/ requests.

Importnat Dates
Title Date
Abstract Submission Deadline "Round 2" 30 Apr 2024
Letter of Visa (for delegates who need visa entry) *payment required 17 Jun 2024
Last Notification for Abstract Acceptance & Approval to present 30 May 2024
Start Payment Date 17 April 2024
End Payment Date 17 June 2024
Extended Abstract / Short Paper Submission Deadline 15 Jun 2024
Notification of acceptance/ rejection of submitted extended abstract/ short paper 30 Jun 2024
Conference Program 17 Aug 2024
Conference Launch 17 Sep 2024
Flyer & Poster

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Publishing Opportunities

All accepted submissions to the conference, after a rigorous double-blinded peer-review process by the respective and a highly-extinguished Editorial Board, will be published in one of the following:

  • Advances in Science, Technology and Innovation (ASTI), an IEREK Interdisciplinary book series published by Springer Nature. (Scopus indexed)  

About ASTI

Advances in Science, Technology & Innovation (ASTI) is a series of peer-reviewed books based on important emerging research that redefines the current disciplinary boundaries in science, technology and innovation (STI) in order to develop integrated concepts for sustainable development. It not only discusses the progress made towards securing more resources, allocating smarter solutions, and rebalancing the relationship between nature and people, but also provides in-depth insights from comprehensive research that addresses the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) as set out by the UN for 2030.

The series draws on the best research papers from various IEREK and other international conferences to promote the creation and development of viable solutions for a sustainable future and a positive societal transformation with the help of integrated and innovative science-based approaches. Including interdisciplinary contributions, it presents innovative approaches and highlights how they can best support both economic and sustainable development, through better use of data, more effective institutions, and global, local and individual action, for the welfare of all societies. The series particularly features conceptual and empirical contributions from various interrelated fields of science, technology and innovation, with an emphasis on digital transformation, that focus on providing practical solutions to ensure food, water and energy security to achieve the SDGs. It also presents new case studies offering concrete examples of how to resolve sustainable urbanization and environmental issues in different regions of the world. Read More.



  • IEREK Press Journals, a multidisciplinary publisher that aims to cultivate and disseminate research.

Environmental Science & Sustainable Development (ESSD)

ESSD is a peer-reviewed, scholarly journal that aims to systematically develop the research-driven curiosity and evidence-based discourse of aspiring scholars that seek to contribute to the academic community. As the world is currently living in an age of information where sources are widely available on the Internet, we at ESSD seek to efficiently utilize the available information to help create robust and evidence-based knowledge. In the process, we offer researchers, in general, and young and aspiring ones in particular a quicker way to get their work published and gain exposure through online open access. We pride ourselves on getting submitted work to be published quickly, through the use of our worldwide pool of subject specialist peer reviewers. Find out more about ESSD International Journal here.


The Academic Research Community Publication (ARChive)

ARChive is an open-access journal that publishes conference proceedings on a wide range of topics relating to social sciences. Consequently, it accepts original research papers on a wide spectrum of subjects. ARChive is a journal published on behalf of researchers that perpetually make an effort to contribute to their fields and provide them with high visibility of research submitted. The series publishes, both, theoretical and experimental high-quality papers of current and perpetual interest. It serves to cultivate, propagate, and essentially archive academic research that has been authored and submitted for academic conferences.

Find out more about ARChive International Journal here.


Proceedings of Science and Technology (Resourceedings)

Resourceedings is an open access journal that publishes conference proceedings. Conference proceedings compromise of different disciplines, ranging from Engineering including built environments, architecture, and sustainability. Disciplines also include Technology and Energy. Resourceedings is a journal that publishes research articles that shed light on different crucial issues in order to provide them with solutions and suggestions. The journal publishes articles submitted by researchers of interest in different fields.

Find out more about Resourceedings International Journal here.


BAHETH International Journal - Arabian Researchers Database (Arabic Papers only)

“BAHETH” in Architecture, Engineering, and Technology, is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes original academic research in the fields of Architecture, Engineering, and Technology. The journal welcomes research in the Arabic Language with an English Abstract. Papers submitted to this journal in Arabic must be presented in the English Language in the conference.

Find out more about BAHETH International Journal here.

Benefits Of Attending

Attending a conference dramatically enhances both your professional and personal development. They help you sharpen the saw, meet and converse with industry experts, expand your resources and grow your professional network. IEREK Conference will help you:

1. Open Discussions: We bring together leading academic scientists, from different universities and countries, to exchange and share their experiences and research results.

2. Internationally Accredited Certificate: The participants are granted internationally recognized certificates acknowledged by IEREK, the University, and Partnering Organizations.

3. Publication: Selected high-quality manuscripts will be published, after peer review, in the Advances in Science, Technology & Innovation (ASTI) book series by Springer or by IEREK Press Journals, both of which are indexed in world-renowned databases.

4. Research Technologies: Conferences can expand your resources by providing a great opportunity to promote gathered information on new technologies related to your research.

5. Networking: You can engage with industry experts to discuss with them the very latest research projects they could be working on and increase your chances of collaboration in future projects.

6. Academic Reputation: Attending many conferences will make you a known figure in academic circles and an active member of the academic community.

7. Conference Abstracts Material: Delegates will receive the conference Abstracts book in both hardcover and digital format on a CD. Shipping fees may apply.

Authors' Instructions

credit is fraudulent. The Reviewing committee and IEREK employees have the authority to reject a paper during its reviewing process, on the basis of the paper being subjected to either minor or major plagiarism.

Authors must refer to, and abide by, the following instructions in submitting their abstracts/ papers:

Step 1: Abstract Submission Process

  • The author should prepare and submit an Abstract of at least 150 – 300 words through the website.
  • The abstract should be concise and clearly state the proposed research study's purpose, results, and conclusions.
  • The author should select the most relevant topic for the paper from the corresponding conference topics.
  • The author can use/download an Abstract Writing Template prior to submission
  • To submit your abstract, you first need to (1) click on the “Register” button on the conference page, (2) click on “Submit Now” and:
    • Select the Topic in which you are making the submission
    • Insert the title of your study in the "Paper Title" section
    • Insert the full abstract in the "Abstract" section/upload a file in the .pdf, .doc, .docm, or .docx format
    • Add in writing 3 – 5 keywords that define the field, subfield, topic, and research area covered by the article to help other researchers understand and find your work.
    • Provide the names, affiliations, and E-mails of all authors/ co-authors involved
    • Confirm your submission by ticking having read the instructions and “submit Abstract”

Step 2.1: Abstract Acceptance

  • After acceptance of your abstract of at least (150 – 300 words), you will receive a proforma invoice and specific instructions to complete the payment online or by bank transfer (See Conference Fees) to confirm your participation,
  • Once your abstract has been accepted, please refer to the important dates tab and carefully review the announced dates to avoid late payment, as late payment comes at an extra charge (early bird/regular/late).
  • After successfully completing payment, you will be issued upon request with the following:
    • A signed/ stamped abstract acceptance letter
    • Please note that acceptance of participation, abstract submission, and extended abstract/short paper submissions all have different deadlines. To stay up to date and avoid paying extra fees, or delaying your paper, please carefully review the important dates tab.
    • Receipt of Payment/ Payment Invoice
    • Visa Invitation Letter, if needed
  • After abstract acceptance, you may be given the option to extend the abstract to publish your work in the conference proceedings in ASTI published by Springer Nature (indexed in Scopus/SCImago) (optional not obligatory).

    This is not a prerequisite for presenting your work at the conference. Meaning, you can present your submitted abstract without intending to publish your work.

Step 2.2: Abstract Extension / Short Paper (Optional)

  • Your short paper / extended abstract should be 4 – 6 pages long and submitted before the paper submission deadline, in English, and fit within one of the conference topics.
  • The Extended abstract i.e., the short paper should follow the research paper structure as follows: Abstract (+keywords), Introduction, problem statement, and study aim, Review of the Literature, Methodology, results and conclusion/ discussion, References list using the Paper Writing Template.
  • The submission (short paper i.e. extended abstract) should be made following the same procedure followed for the abstract or sent to the conference email.
  • Here: Authors may need more pages than the allotted maximum of 6 to insert figures, tables, appendixes, etc. In this case, they can submit regular papers (max. 12 pages) with the same fixed fee. For a detailed outline of the fees, please refer to the payment table in the conference fees tab.
  • The conference does welcome Arabic submissions (with abstracts written in the english language), which will only be considered for publication in BAHETH by IEREK Press.

يمكنك تقديم بحثك باللغة العربية (مع كتابة الملخص باللغة الأنجليزية)، وسيتم نشرها بعد المراجعة في مجلة باحث (مجلة علمية محكمة تنشر أبحاثا أكاديمية في مجالات الهندسة والتكنولوجيا)

Step 3: Rigorous Peer Review Process (double-blind)

This process can only be initiated after payment completion and confirmation:

  • If submitted, the extension (short paper) will be preliminarily checked (iThenticate plagiarism/ similarity screening Software, readability, and scope) and it will be peer-reviewed. If similarity issues are detected, the following will apply:
    • % from all sources: 10-15%
    • % from one source: 3-5%
    • Higher than 30% (all sources): Reject completely
    • Lower than 30% (all sources): Ask for revision to decrease the similarities
  • IEREK has an unyielding policy regarding plagiarism. We believe that copying/ taking the ideas and work of other Authors without permission and credit is fraudulent. The Reviewing committee and IEREK employees have the authority to reject a paper during its reviewing process, on the basis of the paper being subjected to either minor or major plagiarism.
  • Each paper/ chapter is evaluated by a minimum of two reviewers, after which a final decision by the responsible Editor is made. There is no maximum to the number of times a paper can be reviewed, depending on the quality of the submission.
  • If your short paper is accepted by the Editors for publishing with comments/ requested modifications, our Editors (publishing department) will contact you once a decision is made and you will be asked to revise and correct it. After resubmission, it will be re-checked. Note: There may be more than one round of peer review and the decision rests with the editors of the title. Missed deadlines may result in complete exclusion/ rejection from the final publication.
  • If your short paper is accepted for publishing without edits/ comments, the corresponding author will be contacted to provide the final version of their chapters/ papers following Springer Guidelines and sign the Springer consent-to-publish (CTP) form to authorize publication in the conference proceedings.
  • A back-and-forth process: modifications will be sent back to the responsible Editor/ Series Editor and another round of evaluation conducted where needed. Participants/ Authors should regularly check their emails (Junk/ Spam folders).
  • If you are not interested in publishing an extended abstract in the proceedings in ASTI by Springer Nature, please inform the conference support ([email protected]).

Step 4: Extended paper 

  • After the conference, the authors of the best papers will be invited to submit an extended version of their research, 8 – 12+ pages in length, (optional) of their short papers for publishing in an edited volume to be published by Springer Nature.
  • Publishing your short paper (i.e., extended abstract) in the conference proceedings does not prevent the submission of the full version for publishing consideration after the conference if the similarity percentages (SR%) in Step 3 are taken into account.


Participants' Instructions


To help the organizers plan for inter-disciplinary dialogue, participants are requested to choose from the conference themes/ Topics upon registration.

They must also refer to, and abide by, the following instructions in registering and/ or submitting their contributions:

NOTE: If you are contributing as an Author of a submitted abstract (for publishing consideration and/or presentation), and regardless of attendance, the fee for the registration is the same. See and Conference Fees for more information.

Types of Participation

1. Attend/ Present in-person or Online and Publish in indexed Conference proceedings

The conference offers a Physical attendance option for your convenience. That said, participants will have a chance to present their abstract/research, on campus, and have their work considered for publication in the ASTI Series by Springer as part of the conference proceedings.

See Author Instructions and Conference Fees for more information.

2. Registration to publish in the proceedings without presenting/ attending

If your full paper is accepted, it may be published in the conference proceedings book in the Advances in Science, Technology & Innovation Book Series by Springer (indexed in Scopus) even if you are not attending the conference. In this case, the accepted work will not be included in the final conference program. See Author Instructions and Publishing Opportunities for more information.

3. Non-presenting participant

Non-presenting participants may also wish to attend the conference as Audience Members or Co-authors contributing to an already submitted abstract/ paper. See Conference Fees for more information.

Notes to consider:
Attendance online and in-person are possible upon confirmation with the conference secretariat/ coordinator at [email protected] and following Conference Fees covered.

* The participation fee is uninform for all options presented above.

* For participants wishing to attend in-person, a visa invitation letter will be provided upon request, for which case a copy of your passport will be required. The invitation letter can only be provided after acceptance and full payment.

* Before planning your trip, be sure to check travel restrictions to the conference’s hosting country. Visit travel information and restrictions, and send in your questions if you have any to the conference coordinator at the email [email protected]

Conference Venue

The University of Cagliari was born with four teachings: Theology, Law, Medicine, Philosophy and Arts, Founded by Philip III of Spain in 1620. In the second half of the 1700s, Palazzo Belgrano was built which still today houses the Rectorate and the University Library. With the Casati Law of 1859, the Botanical Garden and the Biological Station were developed in Cagliari.

Visit University of Cagliari

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Your Trip To Cagliari, Sardinia

Cagliari is the Sardinian jewel of a city that enchants with its majestic architecture, winding alleyways, and privileged location directly overlooking the sea where History, art, and culture go hand in hand with beautiful beaches, lagoon areas, and green parks.

Cagliari, located in the south, is the capital of Sardinia, and in the local Sardinian language, it reads as Casteddu, which translates into “castle”. Cagliari on the island’s south coast offers the perfect mix of recreation and exploration options. The five-mile-long Poetto Beach is among the best city beaches on the Mediterranean, and together with the adjacent Marina Piccola, satisfies all manner of sun and sea pursuits. Seekers of culture will love Cagliari’s old district, Castello, where 13th-century towers still guard the medieval city walls.

Cagliari is one of the biggest ports in the Mediterranean, a busy haven for cruise ships during the summer and an international airport that connects Cagliari with other Italian and European cities makes it an ideal destination any time of the year.

Saint Remy Bastion

The Saint Remy Bastion is one of the most popular place in Cagliari. Built to connect the lower and upper part of the city at the beginning of the 20th century, it quickly became the symbol of the old town.

To get the most spectacular view of Cagliari, head to the Umberto I terrace. Take a break on one of the benches and enjoy the view!


The monument built in the 13th century was gradually deteriorated back in time. However, the facade redone in the 1930s kept the original Pisan style.

Inside, the Baroque style dominates with many frescos and sculptures. In the crypt, you will see the relics of the 179 martyrs found during excavations near the San Saturnino Basilica as well as some tombs belonging to the House of Savoy. You can also visit the Cathedral Museum (“Museo del Duomo” in Italian) located nearby.


A gate in the old Torre dell'Aquila above Bastione San Remy leads into the narrow main street of the old town, Il Castello, a warren of arched passageways, steep lanes, and flights of steps. Straight ahead in the terraced Piazza del Palazzo is the cathedral of Santa Maria, built by the Pisans in 1312. On the higher terrace are the Palazzo Arcivescovile (archbishop's palace) and the long façade of the Palazzo Reggio, where the Savoy royal family lived after Napoleon captured Turin.

The National Archaeological Museum and the Citadel of Museums

The National Archaeological Museum is part of the Citadella dei Musei, as the main archaeological museum in Sardinia. It houses a huge collection of objects from the Neolithic to the Roman period, including of course the Nuragic civilization who’s famous nuraghes are emblematic of the island.

There, you can also see the famous 2 meters high Giants of Mont’e Prama statues: they represent archers and warriors. Around 400 hunters, warriors and goddesses’ bronzes are also exposed.

The museum is really a great place to learn more about the history of Sardinia over centuries.


On a narrow peninsula about 32 kilometers south of Cagliari, near the beach resort of Pula, are the extensive remains of the Phoenician settlement of Nora, later taken over by Carthaginians and later still, by the Romans.

In the forum, baths, temples, streets, walls, villa foundations, and well-preserved mosaic pavements, you'll find evidence of all these cultures, an open-air museum of Sardinian antiquities in their original setting. The Roman amphitheater is so well preserved that it is still used for concerts. You will be able to see a Roman theatre, Roman baths and beautiful mosaics. It’s also a great place to take a walk by the sea.


The wide Via Roma runs along the busy harbor, where cruise ships dock in the heart of the city. Bookmarking the corner opposite the rail station is the ornate City Hall, and beside it, tree-shaded Largo Carlo Felice rises at a gentle incline to Piazza Yenne.

Above, rise the bastions of the Castello quarter, and to the right, along the base of Castello, Via G Manno, a shopping and commercial street popularly known as the Costa, leads to the Piazza della Costituzione. From this piazza, the beautiful Viale Regina Elena descends sedately to the Maritime Station, completing the boundaries of the Marina quarter.

Mercato di San Benedetto (San Benedetto Market)

If you visit Cagliari, you should take advantage of it to discover Sardinian gastronomy. What’s better than a market tour to discover the local flavors?

The best one in town is for sure the San Benedetto Market, located on Via Coccu Ortu.

It’s simply the largest food market in Cagliari. You will find all kinds of local products including cheeses and cold cuts. As always in Sardinia, local people are very kind and friendly. They will let you taste the specialties and will make you a nice package if you want to bring things back home!

The market is also renowned for its large number of fish and seafood stalls: it takes an entire floor. If you like it and can cook during your stay in town, you will find there the freshest and most affordable.

Santuario di Bonaria

Crowning a hilltop southeast of the city, and a prominent landmark seen from Bastione San Remy, is the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Bonaria. The church houses a venerated statue believed to have stopped a storm in time to save the crew of a Spanish vessel shipwrecked in the Gulf of Sardinia, off Cagliari, in the winter of 1307.

The small Spanish Gothic church dates to the 14th century, and the larger Neoclassical basilica was built in the 18th century. The Sanctuary Museum holds votives and archaeological finds.

Day Trip to Costa Rei Beaches

Within 50 kilometers of the city center, you can be sunning on a beautiful crescent beach on the southern coast of Capo Carbonara. Only a little farther, beyond the small resort town of Villasimius, you can choose from several long white-sand beaches of the Costa Rei (King's Coast).

Near Villasimius, beaches at Porto Giunco and Punta Molentis are lapped by sea in shifting shades of green and light blue, reminiscent of Caribbean waters. Other small beaches lie in coves between the headlands of Cabo Carbonara.

Travel Information

Cagliari is the capital of Sardinia and is located on the south coast of the island. Uniquely combining the ancient with the modern, the sunny city is famous for its rich history and impressive monuments.

There are only two ways to get to Sardinia: by ferry or by plane. You can reach Sardinia from many Italian cities as well as other European cities countries such as London, Madrid, Paris, Frankfurt, Vienna, and more.

1- By Plane

Cagliari Airport (CAG)

Just four miles from the center, Cagliari Elmas Airport is the biggest airport on the island, having recently expanded. With the additional recent modifications, it's also very modern with many facilities and services available to passengers using this airport. The airport is located close to the city center thus making a trip to the city easy. It takes 10-15 minutes to get from Cagliari airport to the city center.

-The best way to travel from Rome to Cagliari is by taking a flight because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

- You can book a flight to Sardinia from both Rome airports, Leonardo Da Vinci International Airport in Fiumicino (FCO) and Giovan Battista Pastine International Airport in Ciampino (CIA).

By plane, it will take you between an hour and an hour and a half to reach Sardinia from Rome. Five flights daily from Fiumicino are served by the Italian flag carrier Ita Airways. From Ciampino airport to Cagliari, there are only flights operated by Ryanair low-cost airline, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

How To Get From Cagliari Airport To The City Center

  1. By Train:

The easiest way to get from Cagliari Airport to the city center is by train. There is approximately one every 20 minutes, starting at 5:00 am until 9:00 pm. The station is only 300 meters away from the airport – literally a 5-minute walk.

  1. By Bus:

There aren’t many public bus options from the Aeroporto Cagliari Elmas to Cagliari city center. The bus serves as a supplementary service at those times when the trains aren’t running.

  1. By Taxi:

Taxis are indeed the best way to move from and to the airport. Although the taxi service is quite pricier compared to public transportation, it is also way more comfortable. 

2- By ferry

From mainland Italy and Sicily. Throughout the year, there are regular ferry connections to the Sardinian capital from the ports of Civitavecchia, Naples, and Palermo.

If you're planning a trip to Sardinia from Rome, taking a ferry is a great option. Several ferry companies operate on this route, offering both daytime and overnight crossings. The journey time can vary depending on the company and the type of ferry you choose, but it usually takes around 6-8 hours. Companies, routes, and schedules vary often depending on the month and the season.

Previous Publications

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Cities' Identity through Architecture and Arts (CITAA) – 1st Edition held in Cairo, Egypt in May, 2017.

Taylor & Francis

Cities' Identity Through Architecture and Arts.

Proceedings of the International Conference on Cities' Identity through Architecture and Arts (CITAA 2017), May 11-13, 2017, Cairo, Egypt
Publication Link: https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/9781351680332


The Academic Research Community (ARChive)

Vol 1, issue #1 (2017): Proceedings of the first international conference on: Cities' Identity through Architecture and Arts
Publication link: https://press.ierek.com/index.php/ARChive/issue/view/10/showToc


- Cities' Identity through Architecture and Arts (CITAA) – 2nd Edition held in Cairo, Egypt in September, 2018.


Advances in Science, Technology & Innovation (ASTI) Series.

Cities' Identity Through Architecture and Arts
(Selected Papers) Publication link: https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-030-14869-0


The Academic Research Community (ARChive)

Vol 3, issue #4 (2019): Proceedings of the 2nd international conference: Cities’ Identity Through Architecture and Arts
Publication link: https://press.ierek.com/index.php/ARChive/issue/view/34/showToc


- Cities' Identity through Architecture and Arts (CITAA) – 3rd Edition held in University of Pisa, Italy in September, 2019.


Advances in Science, Technology & Innovation (ASTI) Series.

Cities’ Vocabularies, The Influences and Formations
(Selected Papers) Publication link: https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-030-51961-2


- Cities' Identity through Architecture and Arts (CITAA) – 4th Edition held online in collaboration with the University of Pisa, Italy in December 2020.

Springer (In Progress)

Advances in Science, Technology & Innovation (ASTI) Series.

(Selected Papers) Publication link: https://link.springer.com/book/9783030994792


- Cities' Identity through Architecture and Arts (CITAA) – 5th Edition held online in collaboration with the University of Pisa, Italy in December 2021.

Springer (In Progress)

Advances in Science, Technology & Innovation (ASTI) Series.

Cities’ Identity and the Silkroad Tourism and Heritage Development
(Selected Papers) Publication link: In Progress



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