Villanova, the old rural area
Villanova is the area of Cagliari extending towards the countryside. Indeed, still today you may chance unexpectedly on gardens or vegetable plots adjacent to the traditional one-storey houses. Surrounded by walls it was considered an elegant place to walk for the peasant and rural bourgeoisie.
The church of Saint James with its neoclassical facade and internal Gothic details is a masterpiece. To continue with the church of san Domenico, the public gardens and the Municipal Gallery housing the Ingrao collection. The quarter expanded to form the adjacent areas of La Vega, San Benedetto, Sant’Alenixedda, Bonaria, Su Baroni and Monte Upinu.