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Great Breaks Oxford by Insight Guides

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Dreaming spires, tranquil waterways, and a different literary historical past: no holiday within the united kingdom is entire with out a stopover at to Oxford. Great Breaks Oxford is a set of 12 illuminating walks and excursions in and round the urban, guiding you from the old middle of the college to idyllic Port Meadow and past, all with vibrant full-color photos, transparent maps, and our number of the simplest areas to devour and drink.
It’s packed choked with principles to encourage you, with the ten most sensible sights in Oxford, together with the enduring Bodleian Library and the tranquil pleasures of punting at the Thames; plus sections on lively vacation trips, themed breaks, and ideas for activities with little ones in tow. positive aspects on literary Oxford, the city’s waterways, and song and theater supply a cultural backdrop to town, whereas functional details and our selective lodgings listings make making plans your journey a breeze.

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After the Revolution of 1789, France made vain attempts to conquer Sardinia, but, by 1795, the island was overwhelmed by revolutionary fervour of its own and a “Sardinian revolution” broke out in Cagliari. In 1799 the Savoys took refuge on the island after losing their other territories to Napoleon. In 1847, in Cagliari and Sassari, huge crowds persuaded the Savoys to link the kingdom of Sardinia with Piedmont in “fusione perfetta”. In 1861 both became part of the Kingdom of Italy. The Harbour at Cagliari The port was developed after the arrival of the Savoy rulers.

WHERE TO SEE SPANISH SARDINIA The first Spanish building in Sardinia was the GothicAragonese chapel in the cathedral in Cagliari (see p55), followed by San Francesco in Iglesias, San Giorgio in Perfugas, and San Francesco and the cathedral in Alghero (see p118). The cathedral in Sassari was built in the style known as “Colonial Baroque”. Baroque influence is also evident in Àles cathedral. A notable school of retablo painting developed. There are 15thand 16th-century paintings in the Art Gallery in Cagliari.

This has long been Sardinia’s “bread-basket”, but farm labour now combines with factory work, especially around Cagliari. In the uplands to the east are the ruins of Sardinia’s largest prehistoric site, Su Nuraxi, chosen for its vantage point over the surrounding plains. The islands of San Pietro and Sant’Antioco are separate from the mainland culturally as well as geographically: the towns of Calasetta and Carloforte are inhabited by the descendants of Ligurian coral fishermen who were held hostage in North Africa by Muslim pirates and, once freed, were offered a home on the islands.

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