Guided tour

Cagliari: Conti Vecchi Salt Flats Train and Tour

Cagliari: Conti Vecchi Salt Flats Train and Tour

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Visit the Conti Vecchi Salt Flats in Cagliari on an individual tour, including a train ride in the Santa Gilla basin. Learn about the saltworks economy and pioneering engineer Luigi Conti Vecchi.

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Duration 2 hours
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Italian, English
Wheelchair accessible


  • Feast your eyes on bright pink flamingos against the stark white salt mountains
  • Learn about the historic value of "white gold" and daily life of a salt worker
  • Discover historical artifacts from the saltworks including documents and tools
  • Understand how engineers like Luigi Conti Vecchi drove the region's development
  • Take an train ride into Santa Gilla Basin to visit the salt flats and salt pans
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Discover the "white gold" of the Saline Conti Vecchi on an individual walking tour and train ride through the expansive salt flats of the Santa Gilla Basin. Learn how Luigi Conti Vecchi drove the region's economic development, watch for flamingos, and wander by Macchiareddu, a historic salt-mining village.

Begin your tour by visiting a still-operational salt plant and museum. Listen as your guide details the history of the salt workers and how the industry's success drove Cagliari to economic prosperity. Browse through historical documents and wander through a historical workshop and chemical lab.

Then it's time to take a train to the Santa Gilla Basin, Sardinia's most important wetland. Watch for pink flamingos, marvel at the mountains of white salt and saltpans, and learn more about life in the historic village of Macchiareddu. Take a few photos before ending your trip back at the museum.

  • Guide
  • Entry ticket to the Conti Vecchi Salt Flats:
  • Visit on your own of the old buildings and two videos
  • 1 hour train ride inside the salt flats and naturalistic area
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

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Meeting point

The saltworks are located in the industrial area of Cagliari called Assemini / Macchiareddu. You will enter in an industrial area inside a parking (free of charge). Leave your car there and then walk to the bookshop at the main entrance.

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  • People on a wheelchair can enjoy the train tour. The old building can be visite for a 75% (only the ground floor).
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Deepening the knowledge on the history of Cagliari in the last century was a unique opportunity and an experience that I recommend everyone to do. Unique environment and fauna of its kind, which deserve a more careful observation and contemplation and not a simple fleeting passage on the train, however accompanied by a very prepared and always present guide.

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September 8, 2022

It is very interesting to discover the history of the Salina, the journey by train is a further journey into the life of the Salina. A compliment to Stefano for running the route and to all the operators who enrich the Salina.

August 31, 2022

Very instructive trip with very beautiful photos at the end of the day

August 29, 2022

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