Top attractions in Cagliari
The charming city of Cagliari is on the southern coast of the island of Sardenia. Cagliari offers visitors beautiful scalloped bays to explore and simultaneously invites you into the full Sardinian experience through its cathedrals, museums and Roman amphitheater.
The Teatro Lirico was built in post World War II, after the war had left no theater or opera house standing in its wake. Today, the Teatro Lirico hosts many productions throughout the year and even won the Premio Franco Abiatti award for innovative programming.
To truly understand the history of Sardinia, you have to get underground. Explore the Museum of Archaeology on a rainy day and take in statues of the famous characters in Sardinian history.
Sample Pisan-Romanesque style at the Cagliari Cathedral. Built in the 14th century, this church houses a variety of religious art including a 15th century Flemish triptych by Roger Van der Weyden.
An exceptional view awaits you at the Bastione di Saint Remy. Rejoice in the fact that you have the choice of panoramic elevator or steps to manage the ascent before you take in breathtaking views of Cagliari's residences and the Mediterranean.
Nearly two hundred steps to the top of the Tower of San Pancrazio make the sight of Cagliari from the zenith that much more sweet. The tower is said to give visitors one of the best views of the entire city.
The remarkable auditory qualities of any amphitheater must be experienced to be believed. The Roman amphitheater in Cagliari is no exception. Prepare to be stunned at how even a whisper can travel from the stage to your ear.
There is a variety of public transportation to choose from in Cagliari. You can choose between buses and trains if you prefer not to drive. Otherwise, you may rent a car. We recommend a small car as streets are narrow. Some may even want to bike around the city, but beware that traffic can be intense and there are not always bike lanes.
The Marina district is an excellent neighborhood to find lodging. This neighborhood was once inhabited by fishermen and offers visitors the chance to stroll around tiny streets full of local flavor and smells. Plus, you're as close as can be to the docks.
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- The best time to visit Cagliari is between June and September. The city is alive year round, but temperatures are most pleasant in the summer. Be forewarned that it is heavy tourist season for Italy so prices may be higher in the warm months than you'd find in winter.
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What people are saying about Cagliari
Firstly, huge thanks to our guide, driver and boatman, Junior. He had an excellent knowledge and shared it with us in an understable way that added interest without overburdening us with facts. The trip itself was absolutely brilliant. Starting with the boat trip, the boat was good and the stood to allow us to swim in crystal clear waters with snorkelling kit Junior lent us meant we could see the many fishes in a way we've never experienced before. The lunch was great and worth the extra. The trip up into the mountains gave us views we would not have experienced alone nor with a tourist coach. It gave us an appreciation why Junior loves Sardinia so much. It's a great place. Thanks so much to Junior and the team that put this together. Our group was two fresh out of uni and us, the rather older parents, and all of us thought it was great. Thanks!
The drive to the ancient site of these cone shaped constructions of the Nuragic settlement through the undulating country side was amazing. Valeria shared her knowledge of archaeology and the love for her country and people with generous enthusiasm. It was truly awesome climbing into the the tower's ground level cave. Inside the Tholos we experienced for a contemplative moment a sense of eternity. We feel very privileged to have visited this site. Seeing the miniature horses of the Giara region was a bonus. Our visit the next day to the National Archaeological Museum at Cagliari where we could view the finds of the Nuragic civilisations' jewellery, tools, pottery, statuettes and weaving exhibits further deepened our learning experience of this truly wonderful visit.
Claudia and Barbara are amazing! They are very friendly and knowledgeable, no matter which tour you do with them, I’ve done three. The days are well organised, they send reminder texts the night before and we’re very kind when I had to cancel one tour because I broke my ankle, offering to help me by cooking, delivering food or helping me to transfer apartments. I cannot recommend their services enough. If you do one thing in Cagliari, make it a tour with Genna Tours!
The tour was very well organized, and we enjoyed it very much. We were able to hear about brief overview and history about Sardegna on the way to Su Nuraxi , which gave us a good view of the land we're travelling. At the site, we were amazed by the complexity structure of the Nuraghe, as well as the level of civilization. It was certainly impressive, and the guidance given by the guide helped us to understand the background of the history as well.
Valerio was a great tour guide who picked us up from our accommodation and drove us to the vineyard, stopping en route to look at the flamingos in the salt lake! Enjoyed a very informative tour of the vineyard and farm before sitting down to taste some beautiful wine accompanied by an antipasto platter. Valerio looked after us well, even giving us tips on other things to do in Sardinia and helpful restaurant recommendations :)