Metropolitan City of Cagliari Culture & history

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Cagliari: Underground City & Optional Old Town Walking Tour

1. Cagliari: Underground City & Optional Old Town Walking Tour

Discover the secrets that lie beneath the sunny streets of Cagliari on a guided tour of the city’s underground. Enhance your experience with an optional walk through the Old Town, and choose from private and shared group options. Meet your guide to begin your tour of the caves, crypts, and tunnels under the city.  Wander between the districts of Stampace and Marina and visit a private tunnel shelter beneath a school that was used as a bomb shelter during World War II. Explore the magnificent and rich history of the crypt of Saint Restituta. Select the option including a guided walking tour of the Old Town to extend your experience. Stroll through the city’s streets and admire the highlights of the historic center with your guide.

Cagliari: Su Nuraxi Barumini & Giara Wild Half-Day Tour

2. Cagliari: Su Nuraxi Barumini & Giara Wild Half-Day Tour

Discover the nuraghe of Sardinia on a 4-hour tour of the Su Nuraxi di Barumini, the best example of a unique defence system that represented an exceptional response to political and social conditions, and an innovative use of the materials and techniques available to a prehistoric island. Recognized by UNESCO for its historical significance, the site provides a great introduction to the origins of Sardinian culture. During the tour, you will explore the vast megalithic bulk deep inside many tholos of incomparable beauty. Explore the massive central tower, built from large dressed stones without the use of mortar. Consisting of 3 chambers, one upon the other, they are connected by a spiral staircase. Learn about the construction of this remarkable site, including the massive stone curtain wall that linked 4 subsidiary towers. Time permitting, it will also be possible to enjoy a typical Sardinian lunch in one of the nearby restaurants. Alternatively, bring a picnic to enjoy in the Giara of Gesturi, where the small wild horses of Sardinia run free.

From Cagliari: Barumini Su Nuraxi Guided Tour

3. From Cagliari: Barumini Su Nuraxi Guided Tour

Start your tour with pick up from your hotel in Cagliari and visit to the Nuragic complex of Barumini, an archaeological park that includes Nuragic architecture and parts of a nuraghe village. Visit the museum complex of Casa Zapata, an important institution, that includes an archaeological and ethnographic collection.   Continue on to discover the remains of another Nuragic complex found under this Aragonese residence. Learn about how the first civilizations on Sardinia lived and discover the main technologies known to protohistoric populations.   Explore the nuraghe Su Nuraxi, one of the most important monumental works of architecture on the island and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  

From Cagliari: Nora Ruins and Pula Guided Tour

4. From Cagliari: Nora Ruins and Pula Guided Tour

The tour will start by your location, meeting your personal driving guide; After few minutes we'll cross the bridge on the highway SS 195 "Sulcitana" starting to see the beautiful pink flamingos in the middle of the pondo of Santa Gilla! In 30 minutes arrive in Pula and then parking in front of the beautiful beach of Nora, once upon a time, necropolis of the phoeinician city. In few minutes the tour will start, crossing the gates of the amazing archaeologycal site of Nora, surrounded by ruins of temples, baths, theater and mosaics. At the end of the tour, small stop in Pula to discover the nice square and make some shopping Return to Cagliari

Pinuccio Sciola Museum: Giardino Sonoro Guided Tour

5. Pinuccio Sciola Museum: Giardino Sonoro Guided Tour

The Giardino Sonoro (Sound Garden) is the open-air museum of the Sardinian Artist Pinuccio Sciola in San Sperate, a few kilometers from Cagliari. The Giardino Sonoro is a magical and unexpected place, full of energy, able to involve all senses, where are kept countless sculptures, surrounded by orange trees and Mediterranean aromatic plants, that are able to create an identity in full harmony with nature. During the first 30 minutes, enter the Giardino Sonoro, watch a documentary on Pinuccio Sciola and the sounds that he managed to summon from stones, and enjoy the audioguide. Learn about the artistic revolution of Pinuccio Sciola that transformed San Sperate into a Paese Museum (Museum Town) thanks to the paintings on the home walls (Murales). For the second part of the tour, meet an expert guide for a tour that involves all the senses. Touch the sculptures, feel their vibrations, and listen to the different sounds produced by basalt and limestone.

From Cagliari: Day Trip to Domus de Janas Fairy Houses

6. From Cagliari: Day Trip to Domus de Janas Fairy Houses

Take a guided day trip from Cagliari to the Necropolis of De S'acqua Salida to see Domus de Janas or Fairy Houses, prehistoric tombs carved into the rock. Uncover an ancient funerary cult dating back to pre-Nuragic times. Meet your guide and head to the small town and agricultural center of Pimentel, nestled between orchards and vineyards. Here lies the Domus de Janas of Corongiu and the necropolis called De S'acqua Salida dating back to 3200 BC. Marvel at the Domus of Corongiu and its spiral-shaped engravings that represent the goddess of the eyes who protected the dead. But there are many other interpretations to the engravings which your guide will share with you. Admire the craftsmanship of the prehistoric people who were able to dig and shape rocks with limited tools to create underground tombs in which they buried their dead.

Cagliari: Castelsardo & the Sardinian Pyramide Private Tour

7. Cagliari: Castelsardo & the Sardinian Pyramide Private Tour

Explore the charming town of Castelsardo on a guided tour. Pass by beautiful landscapes on the way to the town, and once you're there, wander through enchanting alleyways and visit the pyramid of Monte d'Accoddi. Begin your tour with pickup and a 3-hour drive in a comfortable minivan through the amazing Sardinian countryside towards the northwest of the island. Discover one of the monuments considered a unicum in Sardinia: the steep pyramid of Monte d'Accoddi which recalls the famous Mesopotamian Ziqqurat. The site, dating back to the fourth millennium BC, is surrounded by a mysterious mist. The excursion will continue in the beautiful city of Castelsardo (formerly known as Castel Aragonese and Castel Genovese), overlooking the Gulf of Asinara. The tour also includes a visit to the Elephant Rock, Domus de Janas, a symbol of the Anglican territory.

Top Sights of Cagliari Tour

8. Top Sights of Cagliari Tour

Visit the historic districts of Cagliari, rich in culture and history. Start your walking tour of about one to two hours from the lower to the higher points or from the top of the hills down to the small streets of the city centre, depending on your request. Visit all the monuments, churches and most important places , such as the Crypt of Santa Restituta and Sant'Efisio, the Dome of Cagliari and other small churches, the Pisan Walls and Towers. At the end of the tour, visit Santa Chiara's Food Market, where you can taste delicious Sardinian wines and cheese. If requested, you can be driven to Poetto Beach and the picturesque San Benedetto's Market – in this case the tour of the city centre will be shorter. If you are staying in Pula or Chia, you can also stop for a short birdwatching break in the lagoon of Santa Gilla to see the beautiful pink flamingos. This walking tour can also be arranged as an itinerary by car, as a stop-and-go tour if you prefer not to walk. In this case it won't be possible to visit the monuments inside, but just to stop in front of them to take some photos.

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Franco was an excellent guide. Very knowledgeable of the area. He went above and beyond to assist us with questions about the area even after our tour. Very conscientious of our time. Did not have us wait in long lines but knew how to take advantage of the site to use our time wisely. Highly recommend.

The magic of stone, flexible and sonorous, in a Sardinian citrus grove: Art to be felt in all senses, with excellent organization and very prepared guides. Not to be missed!

The guide was great! Unfortunately, we had to wait 30 minutes for the start due to the delay of some participants. The tour was informative and beautifully designed.

The Underground City was fascinating and brought history alive. The guide was informative and helpful.

Francesca was very knowledgable guide and really accommodating to every guest. Would recommend.