Cagliari
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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 through a private gallery beneath a school that was used as a bomb shelter during World War II. See arcades lit by soft candlelight and listen to your guide’s expert commentary. 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.

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Cagliari: Walking Tour of the Old City

2. Cagliari: Walking Tour of the Old City

Discover the beautiful Cagliari on this unforgettable walking tour of the Old City. Cagliari is an ancient city with a long history. Its origins date back to the Phoenician Karalis, developed on a settlement traced back to the third millennium BCE. During Roman times, it became the capital of the island and in the Middle Ages, it was the seat of different foreign dominations, evidence of which is still visible throughout the city today. Enjoy this walk through the narrow streets of the old district of Castello to discover the beauties of the city. Among Medieval Towers, Bastions, the Royal Palace, and the Cathedral, you will discover the history of this amazing fortress facing the sea. The panoramic points of the Castello will offer unforgettable views of the city and of the sea, of the Molentargius’ Park, and the Devil’s Saddle in all their beauty.

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Cagliari 2.5-Hour Segway Tour

3. Cagliari 2.5-Hour Segway Tour

Glide through the history of Cagliari, Sardinia’s bustling capital, on an easy 2.5-hour tour by self-balancing Segway. Following a brief training session to get you up to speed on how to handle the easy-to-operate vehicles, your guide will lead you down ancient streets and through lovely parks, while a fascinating history unfolds via the complimentary audio guide with earphone set. Much more fun than a walking tour, and more eco-friendly than driving, the Segway tour visits major attractions such as the Roman Amphitheatre on the hill of Buoncammino, where gladiatorial combats and executions were once held. Pass the 13th-century Cathedral of Santa Maria, and marvel at the Romanesque and Gothic façades concealing precious objects of great religious significance. Admire the monumental Bastion of San Remy, built by the Spanish between 1897 and 1903. And continue to Elephant Tower, the second highest medieval tower of Cagliari, characterized by a small elephant sculpture that symbolizes the impregnability of the city. Other highlights include the Royal Palace, and Porta Cristina, allowing access from the western side of the city to the district of Castello. Enjoy the exotic plants and palm trees of the Public Gardens, and go to the highest point of Cagliari at the Tower of San Pancrazio, where you will be rewarded with superb views of the Gulf of Cagliari at the city’s medieval defence point.

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Cagliari: 2-Hour Sightseeing Bike Tour

4. Cagliari: 2-Hour Sightseeing Bike Tour

Start your biking tour of the city from the Marina district and its maze of lanes. Cycle past the ornate town hall building and down Via Roma, taking you down the newly built bike path on the magnificent seafront through to the famous white Church of Bonaria. From here, you'll reach the distinctive district of Villanova, stretching out at the foot of the Castello district. Discover the beautiful marble steps of the Bastione di Saint Remy, truly Cagliari’s best known landmark. These tours are designed for small groups of 8 persons maximum in order to provide you with the a safe and professional experience. You'll be accompanied the whole way through by an expert guide so that you can make the most of your time in Cagliari!

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From Cagliari: Porto Flavia Mine and Natural Beauty Tour

5. From Cagliari: Porto Flavia Mine and Natural Beauty Tour

Travel from Cagliari to Iglesiente, one of the oldest historical areas in Sardinia with a wild landscape famous for its mining history. Discover the Porto Flavia mine, an extraordinary monument of industrial archaeology overlooking an incredible coastline with a breathtaking vista of the Masua Sea.   Built in 1924, Port Flavia is an incredible work of engineering suspended between sky and sea that made it possible to load minerals directly onto the ships. Walk through the 600-meter-long tunnel and discover the history of the mine that remained functional up until the 1960s.  Next, see the Parco Geominerario della Sardegna (Geological and Mining Park of Sardinia), declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. After the visit, enjoy a little stop to see the incredible coast of Nebida, walking through the panoramic street in front of the Laveria Lamarmora mineral washing plant before returning to Cagliari.

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Cagliari: 2 Hour Bike Tour in the Flamingos Oasis

6. Cagliari: 2 Hour Bike Tour in the Flamingos Oasis

Depart from the Marina of Cagliari to see the Basilica of Bonaria with its amazing staircase. Pass through the new bike path that runs along the sea and river until the football stadium of Cagliari. See urban art under the bridges of the river that characterize the area. Arrive at the Natural Park of Molentargius and soak in the history of the remains of the old city of salt, which for centuries influenced the economy of the area.  Dive into a nature trail to see the beautiful flamingos and discover the old salt ponds of Cagliari. The park is an exceptional area due to the presence of fresh and saltwater basins that host plants and animals of rare beauty. The tour includes a coffè break to enjoy the sea and the pretty harbor. 

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From Cagliari: Barumini Su Nuraxi Guided Tour

7. 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.  

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Cagliari: Is Zuddas Caves Shore Excursion

8. Cagliari: Is Zuddas Caves Shore Excursion

This combination tour will take you into the Sulcis, where you will be able to discover unspoiled Mediterranean nature. Experience an unforgettable adventure inside the amazing caves. On this tour, learn about Sardinian history, the oldest rocks of Europe and the traditions of the Sulcis. Explore the natural beauty of Sardinia with this tour of the Is Zuddas Caves. Admire the scenery of this remote Italian island, take some photos from the southern coast and Capo Teulada Sardinians most southern point, only 100 miles from Africa. 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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Top Sights of Cagliari Tour

9. 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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Cagliari Walking Tour: A Walk Through the Ancient Districts

10. Cagliari Walking Tour: A Walk Through the Ancient Districts

Discover Cagliari, a city overlooking the Gulf of Angels and chest of wonderful treasures located all along the urban fabric. The four historical districts of the Sardinian Capital are a veritable open-air museum which will tell you the city history from the Roman settlement until the modern era. During the tour, you will admire the Regional Council Building which, in the external square, hosts the sculptures of the Sardinian artist Costantino Nivola, some marble and travertine works which hold the island's cultural identity. Afterwards you will reach the district of Marina, hosting the Church of Sant'Eulalia under which there is an important archeological site with several relics coming from the Roman Era. Then you will head to the district of Castello, passing through the Crypt of the Holy Sepulchre discovered in the last twenty years period. You will also walk through the typical district streets, rich in history and bizarre stories, and you will reach the Cathedral of St. Mary, an architectural jewel build in different stages, and the Royal Palace, once residence of the viceroys first and the Savoia dynasty later. During the guided tour suitable to everyone, you will have some stops in the panoramic terraces of the Castello district, from where you can take amazing pictures of the whole city area.

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What people are saying about Cagliari

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 36 reviews

Great Cagliari Underground Tour. Pleasant temperature while it is very hot outside. Bring comfortable shoes as there will be some walking. There are three underground facilities to visit and a few outside. Our guide was Anna - she is a wonderful young girl with great vision and sense of humor. She explained everything to us thoroughly and patiently answered all our questions. We heartily recommend ❤️

Very nice experience to see some interesting things in Cagliari. Our guide Francesca was really nice and user friendly. Absolutely recommended.

Easy an practical in use. Professional, kind and correct guides. Worthwhile to get a quick and thorough overview of the city.

An interesting tour exploring the history of Cagliari from a unique perspective.

Good explanation and interesting to see the city under the modern town