The Palazzo De Candia is located in the initial section of via dei Genovesi, in the heart of Cagliari, a few tens of meters from the bastion of Saint Remy. It was probably built around the middle of the 19th century, using a modest pre-existing building.
The area became available only after the extension of the Castello district to the south, which took place in the 16th century: previously here stood the Pisan city walls, which connected the Torre del Leone (now incorporated in the west side of Palazzo Boyl) to the tower of the Elephant . The rear façade of Palazzo De Candia was built over these walls, taking advantage of the height difference of the land; the superficial layer of limestone is visible at the base of the facade of the building.
The difference in height between via dei Genovesi and via Università is about 9 meters and this conformation of the land gives the windows on the rear facade of the building an unobstructed view of the neighboring buildings. The roofing of the adjacent and underlying building made it possible to create one of the largest level terraces in the neighborhood.