Sardinia (Cagliari), Italy

The views from the Terrazza Umberto I are panoramic: one looks out over Sardinia's capital, a city ancient even in Roman times. Mountains frame the azure waters of the gulf. Nearby lagoons harbor flocks of flamingos and egrets. Welcome to one of the most intriguing ports in the Western Mediterranean. Founded by Phoenician traders in the 7th century B.C., Cagliari has been a Carthaginian colony and a Roman seaport. Those fine old walls supporting the Terrazza Umberto I were erected in the 13th century by the Italian city-state of Pisa. In addition to its fine old Italian architecture, Cagliari boasts superb light, inviting waters and excellent beaches.

The city-state of Pisa and the Kings of Aragon vied for control of Sardinia for two centuries. The cathedral, built by Pisans in the 13th century, holds the mausoleum of a 15th century Aragonese prince.

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Points of Interest

  • Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta
  • Basilica of Bonaria
  • Archaeological Museum
  • Archbishop and Governors' Palaces
  • Castle
  • Nora Site
  • St Ephisius Church
  • Cagliari Coastline

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  • Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta

    Anchoring the heart of the medieval enclave of Castello, this magnificent 13th century cathedral is an important city landmark. Admire its Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque architecture, reflecting periods of renovation, and its octagonal bell tower.

  • Basilica of Bonaria

    Perched on a hill, this landmark for returning sailors includes a sanctuary and basilica and is a popular pilgrimage site dedicated to its patron saint, believed to have protected a 14th century Spanish ship from a storm.

  • Archaeological Museum

    Showcasing treasures from the prehistoric age through the Middle Ages, this premier museum is renowned for its well-curated selection of artifacts, including an exceptional collection of nuraghic bronze figurines depicting the development of Sardinia's fascinating culture.

  • Archbishop and Governors' Palaces

    Within the city's ancient fortification, the Governor's Palace, seat of the local provincial government, and the Archbishop's Palace, residence of the archbishop of Cagliari since the 12th century, play a prestigious role in Cagliari's history.

  • Castle

    Cagliari's most iconic district, Il Castello is the highest and oldest area of the city. A stroll through its narrow streets reveals a cathedral, the archbishop's palace and several towers set against dazzling panoramic views.

  • Nora Site

    History comes alive in Nora, the oldest town in Sardinia. Visit an ancient archaeological site of Phoenician, Punic and Roman artifacts. Marvel at cliff-side vistas, the Genoese watchtower, intricate mosaics and excavated structures on a guided tour.

  • St Ephisius Church

    This Baroque style church is dedicated to Efisio di Elia, martyred saint of Cagliari. The marble altar holds a relic of the saint, whom the population turned to during the devastation of the 1650s plague.

  • Cagliari Coastline

    The enchanting coastline of Sardinia entices vacationers with its wide beaches, azure waters and holiday atmosphere. Poetto Beach, at 3.7 miles, is the longest in Italy and an integral part of Cagliaritani life.

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BEACH BREAK ON THE CAGLIARI WEST COAST

7 hours | Sardinia (Cagliari) | C A G - 3 6 0

Laze on the glorious sands of Tuerredda, one of Sardinia's most beautiful escapes. Situated in a breathtaking inlet, it's often compared to an idyllic Caribbean beach. Strong swimmers can swim out to the islet or stroll the soft sand and refresh with a snack (at your own expense) before returning to port

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Cagliari Drive & Villasimius

4 hours | Sardinia (Cagliari) | C A G - 2 1 0

The beauty of Cagliari unfolds on a narrated scenic drive with photo stops. Take in the panoramic vistas from the top of Monte Urpinu and see Cagliari's Poetto beach. Then, travel to the seaside resort of Villasimius, where you'll enjoy free time to explore this resort area on your own.

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Barumini & Megalithic Sardinia

4 hours | Sardinia (Cagliari) | C A G - 2 5 0

Behold the complex of towers, elaborate inner passageways and outer walls of the 3,5000-year-old Su Nuraxi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site acclaimed as the finest and most complete example of prehistoric architecture on Sardinia. Feel the centuries slip away as you stroll through the village of "nuraghe" (pile of stones).

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Archaeological Site of Nora

4 hours | Sardinia (Cagliari) | C A G - 2 0 5

Step back in time at the excavated ruins of Nora, and explore this open-air museum with a knowledgeable guide. This ancient site, abandoned in the third century, offers the opportunity to explore the acropolis, a Carthaginian temple, a Roman amphitheater still in use, and a well-preserved Roman villa with intact murals.

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Best of Cagliari

4 hours | Sardinia (Cagliari) | C A G - 2 0 0
  • Archbishop and Governors' Palaces
  • Castle
  • Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta
  • Basilica of Bonaria
  • Archaeological Museum

History comes alive when you explore the medieval Castello district on a guided walking tour that begins at the Tower of St. Pancras. Visit the magnificent Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, flank

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Easy Cagliari

4 hours | Sardinia (Cagliari) | C A G - 2 9 0

Take in the splendor of Cagliari when you enjoy a scenic drive that showcases the picturesque views from Monte Urpinu to Poetto beach. Visit Casa Atzeri and enjoy Sardinian wines and treats while treated to a traditional folkloric performance. This tour is specifically designed for guests who prefer little or no walking.

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COASTAL CRUISE & SWIM

4.5 hours | Sardinia (Cagliari) | C A G - 5 5 0
  • Cagliari Coastline

Step aboard your reserved boat and escape to the cool refuge of Sardinia's crystalline waters. After a cruise along the coast, the skipper will drop anchor at the ideal location for swimming and sunning. On the way back, you'll be treated to a refreshing aperitif.

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Panoramic Cagliari and Wine tasting

4 hours | Sardinia (Cagliari) | C A G - 3 2 0
  • Basilica of Bonaria

Savor the unique charms of Sardinia with an excursion that offers a little bit of everything you're looking for while on vacation. Visit a winery for wine right off the vine, pay an outside visit to the Basilica of Bonaire and shop 'til you drop in Cagliari's city center.

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Coastal Cruise and Swim : A small Group tour

4.5 hours | Sardinia (Cagliari) | C A G - 6 0 0
  • Cagliari Coastline

Step aboard your reserved boat and escape to the cool refuge of Sardinia's crystalline waters. After a cruise along the coast, the skipper will drop anchor at the ideal location for swimming and sunning. On the way back, you'll be treated to a refreshing aperitif.

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