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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.

Top Sights of Cagliari Tour

2. 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.

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

3. 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

4. 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.  

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.

Cagliari: Castelsardo & the Sardinian Pyramide Private Tour

6. 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.

From Cagliari: Full-Day Tour of Prehistoric Sardinian

7. From Cagliari: Full-Day Tour of Prehistoric Sardinian

On this full-day tour, you will go through the wonderful panoramic road from Chia to Teulada (departing from Chia), traveled by the ancient Romans and Carthaginian population, passing through little towns like Teulada and Santadi e Villaperuccio. The transfer to the archaeological site will take around 80 minutes. There, you will visit a prehistoric ancient necropolis of about 2 kilometers in area. The site is made up of two areas: the first one includes the ancient graves called the Domus de Janas (House of the Fairies), while the second one is called Su Congianu. There are more than 40 tombs of various shapes and sizes. Two of the domus are especially important as they contain Neolithic religious symbols. One has a bull symbol sculpted on the entrance wall, as well as other symbols including the eyes and breasts of the goddess mother and a false door representing the passage to the other world. The other tomb has horns of various shapes, referring to the cult of the bull-god, sculpted into the ceiling and on the steps leading to the entrance of the domus. The pottery found during excavations bear witness to the long use of the necropolis, in the final Neolithic and the recent Aeneolithic up to the Early Bronze Age. Afterwards, discover the amazing Giant Tomb. This name was given by the locals and archaeologists to a type of Sardinian megalithic gallery grave built during the Bronze Age by the Nuragic civilization. They were collective tombs and can be found throughout Sardinia, with 800 being discovered there. Before driving to the nuraghe, have a break to taste some of the best Sardinian food. You will try a typical Sardinian meal (optional). The nuraghe is the main type of ancient megalithic edifice found in Sardinia, developed during the Nuragic Age between 1900 and 730 B.C. Today, it has come to be the symbol of Sardinia and its distinctive culture, the Nuragic civilization. More than 7000 nuraghes have been found, though archeologists believe that originally there were more than 10,000.

Cagliari: Guided Shore Excursion to Santa Cristina Village

8. Cagliari: Guided Shore Excursion to Santa Cristina Village

This combination tour will take you into the heart of Sardinia, into a little town called Paulilatino. On the tour, learn about Sardinian history, the Nuragic civilization and their monuments. Discover the Nuragic village walking through Nuraghe, the temple and cemetery. The well temple of Santa Cristina (12th-century BC) is one of the finest examples of the elaborate religious architecture of the Nuragic era. The nuraghe structure consists of an entranceway (dromos) with steps leading to an underground, circular domed chamber (tholos), all surrounded by an enclosing wall (temenos). The walls of the stairway and underground chamber are made from finely cut ashlar blocks of alkali basalt rock. Santa Cristina can without a doubt be considered the most representative structure of the Sardinian well temples. In the area surrounding the temple, you'll find the remains of a village, at the front of which stands a 'meeting hut' with a circular stone seat. Visit an old village and church from the Middle Ages. Your local guide will be keen to make the tour as personal as possible. He will assist you with his expertise and recall interesting anecdotes for you before bringing you back to your cruise ship.

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4.8 / 5

based on 44 reviews

Absolutely recommended. A journey into the universe of Sciola which, as the artist himself hoped, offers each visitor a new awareness. The garden is enchanting, as well as full of works that cover the entire artistic journey, the well-structured visit and a very friendly and knowledgeable guide. It was really a good experience!

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!

A fantastic tour. Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable snd easily switched between Italian and English.

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.