If you live in Cagliari, you will probably go to via Roma to meet your friends and have a cup of coffee or an aperitif with them in one of the different bars and cafés; you can also go there for shopping and enjoying your free time during the day.
This road was opened in January 1883 and part of it was once occupied by the walls of Marina District, that were demolished in the late 1880s.
Today it is full of Bars, shops, restaurants and high class palaces of various styles, built between 1893 and 1988, that include classical elements, Renaissance characteristics and Liberty decorations.
In the stretch of road along the sea, the buildings are spaced out here and there by little streets and lanes leading to the upper part of the district.
The street also includes the Palace of the Regional Council, built in the 1980s in an area that once was occupied by the old houses of Marina.
If you walk past via Lepanto, you’ll get to Palazzo Beretta and its arcades and, going along via Concezione, you will arrive at the Church of San Francesco di Paola, with its neoclassical façade built in 1932. Not far from this church there is Palazzo Devoto, built at the end of the 19th century.
Going on with your walk, you’ll find Palazzo Leone Manca, built in the course of 10 years between 1924 and 1934.Once it was used as a cinema and called Cinema Olympia,but some years ago it was closed like other cinemas in the city centre, mostly because of the spread of multiplex.
After crossing via Barcellona, you gewt to palazzo Garzia, which was raised due to the will of two brothers,Emanuele and Giovanni Garzia, between the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century. Not far from it you can also see a building dating back to the 1930s, called Palazzo Putzu Spano, and the two Palazzi Magnini, which are among the most ancient in the area.
The last building before getting to Largo Carlo Felice, the stately palace of engineer Federico Rampazzini, built in the first decades of the 20th century. Via Roma finishes with two other buildings, palazzo Civico and Vivanet, in neo Gothic style.