The city of Alghero

A panoramic photo of the city of Alghero

The conference will be held in the city of Alghero, located on the north west part of beautiful Sardinia island, Italy. Among the cobble-stone streets of the historical centre, in the façade of the palaces, among the mullions and the walled in doors, is hidden the history, the image and identity of Alghero. Fortified by the Genovese family Doria in 1102 so as to secure its holdings in north-western Sardinia, Alghero thus immediately became an object of conquest. The Republic of Pisa is the first to attempt to take over the Alghero fortress. It succeeded in 1283, only to become Genovese again in 1284. However, today there are few visible signs of the Dorian period among the walls and the streets of the burg because all of Alguer Vella (The Old City), as it called by current inhabitants, tells yet another story. It was on 15 June 1353 that the King Peter IV of Aragon “the Ceremonious’ arrived in the harbour of Alghero, with more than 90 galleys. After an extensive siege lasting months, Alghero became Catalan. Once the original occupants were expelled, it was repopulated by Iberians; thus began the long Catalan history (XIV-XVIII centuries) of Alghero. A history that is written around the city walls and immediately becoming a chronicle of the City Fortress. A sturdy and safe shelter in northern Sardinia, the fortress of Alghero represents for the Catalan/Aragonese Crown the key to communication between the Island of Sardinia and Catalonia. It could therefore not be given up: its walls had to be defended, reinforced and carefully maintained. For this reason, various rules regulated the access and stay of Sardinians and of foreigners within the city walls. Among these was the rule prohibiting non-Catalans to stay overnight there. In 1362 Peter IV ordered that the opening and closing of the city doors was to be entrusted to a Vicar and Counselor. The entrance into Alguer took places through two doors: Portal Reail (current Porto Terra) and Porta a Mare (current Porto Salve). Still at the centre of the attention of various sovereigns in the late 1400’s Ferdinando II the Catholic orders that the defensive structures of the city be given “another form’ so as to guarantee greater protection for the city. Jealously holding onto the unbreachable city walls of Alghero, the city increasingly become an island of Catalonia, within the island of Sardinia. Even today, in spite of partial demolitions, the walls continue to be a strong place, which is emblematic of the of the identity of the Alghero populations. And it is between the walls and the sea that you can read the soul of the city. For more information about things to see in Alghero, please visit this website.

Conference Venue

The conference will take place at Palazzo del Pou Salit, a manor house dating back to the first half of the XVI century. The palace is an example of the Catalan gothic architectural style and its name originates from a well of brackish water which was used for bread making. Currently the palace is one of the headquarters of the Departement of Architecture, Design and Urban Planning of the University of Sassari.

Getting There

Alghero can be reached by flying into one of three international airports of Sardinia:

  • Alghero Airport “Riviera del corallo” has domestic connections to Rome and Milan. It is recommended to fly to either Rome or Milan and connect to a domestic flight to Alghero. The airport is located approx. 12 km from Alghero city center. There is a bus service from the airport to Alghero city center (click here for the timetable).
  • Olbia Airport has connections to more locations in continental Europe. It is situated approx. 150 km from Alghero. There is a bus service between Olbia and Alghero three times a day, duration approx. 2 to 2.5 hours.
  • Cagliari Airport offers flights to/from several destinations in Europe. There is a train service between Cagliari and Sassari (3 hours) and from Sassari to Alghero.

Alternatively, Porto Torres Harbour (25 km from Alghero) has many daily connections to Genova, Livorno and Marseille with several ferry companies.


Italy is part of the Schengen area. Please verify whether you need a Schengen visa before your trip. If you require a visa, we recommend contacting the nearest embassy, consulate, or travel agency for information about the passport and visa requirements from your country for entry to Italy (Schengen). If you need an invitation letter for visa purposes, then write in due time to the local organization chair ( Unfortunately, we require the following information in order to avoid visa fraud:

  • Students: brief reference letter from your supervisor including contact details for the University.
  • Non-students: the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) of at least one publication in scope of the SAT conference OR some other evidence of your affiliation with SAT (e.g reference letter from employer).