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Cagliari Market Tour, Home Cooking Demo and Dinner

1. Cagliari Market Tour, Home Cooking Demo and Dinner

Uncover the secrets of Italian family recipes on your travels, Your guide, or Cesarina will share their wisdom, which has been passed down in their families for generations. Go food shopping like a local with your host, enjoy the distinctive Italian local market and learn how to recognize the best produces from the land.  Come back to your Cesarina’s home, attend a private cooking demo where your host will share the secret of her family cookbook while finishing one of the dishes in front of you. Sit at an authentic Italian table and enjoy a 4-course seasonal menu including starter, pasta, main course with a side dish, and dessert accompanied by a selection of red and white local wines. Feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people. 

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Sardinia Cooking Class: Fresh Handmade Pasta

2. Sardinia Cooking Class: Fresh Handmade Pasta

Visit Sardinia's capital city, Sinna, a small town located near Cagliari where you can still see the typical Campidanese-style houses in its historical center.  In one of these houses, under the supervision of the skilful hands of a local woman, your host, you will learn how to make different types of local and national traditional pasta. Each pasta you make will be characterized with different colors and flavors: malloreddus (Sardinian gnocchi), culugiones (a special kind of ravioli) as well as ordinary ravioli and tagliatelle.  Later, cook pasta with your host and eat together, accompanying your meal with a lovely local wine.

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Cagliari: Half-Day Coasteering Experience

3. Cagliari: Half-Day Coasteering Experience

Clamber over rocks and walk the rocky coast of the Chia area on a unique coasteering adventure in Sardinia. Experience the coastline from a different perspective and get the chance to dive from high points into the refreshing Mediterranean Sea.   Start at Pinus Village Beach, where qualified instructors will provide you with all the necessary equipment. Walk through the Mediterranean scrub until you get to the best points to build a cableway and dive into the crystal clear waters of Chia. Benefit from an itinerary that is 100% safe for beginners.

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Wine Tour Sardinia

4. Wine Tour Sardinia

Join an unforgettable excursion to discover the wine and wineries of Cagliari, two important elements of the Sardinian identity since the first centuries of its history. The role of the ancient plant is deep-rooted in the culture of this land thanks to the wide range of grape varieties: Cannonau, Bovale, Carignano, Monica, Nuragus, Vermentino, Nasco, Vernaccia, Moscato, and Malvasia, to name a few. This tour will allow you to live a first-hand experience immersed in the vineyards and the wineries of the area, where you will learn the peculiarities of the Sardinian wine grapes. The tour includes a visit to a traditional winery: surrounded by sweet hills and rural landscapes, you will discover the different production stages, the kinds of the grapes, the land and the people who dedicate their time to the grape growing with great passion. The visit to the winery is only the first step. Next, taste local wines! You will be captivated by a friendly atmosphere and will taste 3 excellent wines paired with local food products.

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Cagliari: Private or Small Group Fishing Trip

5. Cagliari: Private or Small Group Fishing Trip

Set sail from the new harbor in Teulada and cruise towards the beautiful capes of Cala Zafferano, Capo Teulada and Capo Malfatano on the southern coast of Sardinia. Take in panoramic views of the impressive cliffs and golden sand beaches along the way. Cool down with a swim in the sea and get the chance to learn how to fish from the experts. Practice throwing fishing nets to reap the rewards of what you have learned, and keep a look out for the friendly dolphins that come up close as they swim in the crystal clear water. Learn more about the other marine life that live in the deep sea of Sardinia. Enjoy a tasty lunch of freshly caught fish cooked on the boat before you sail back to port at the end of the afternoon.

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Cagliari: Wine Tasting & Winery Tour

6. Cagliari: Wine Tasting & Winery Tour

This combination tour takes you into the Sardinian inland, where you can discover two little towns, Serdiana and Donori. Experience an unforgettable visit to the best winery of the South Sardinia. Located in the rolling hills, the small town of Serdiana only has a population of approximately 2,000. For thousands of years, the land and climate make the wines and olive oil of this region unique. Not to mention the grapes in this area have been grown since Nuraghic times and some native grapes of the area are famous, like the Cannonau, Vermentino and Carignano. The exact vineyard you will visit depends on the day of the week and the crowds but all are top quality such as Cantine Argiolas, Pauli, Cantine Pala and Audarya. After visiting the winery, you will be treated to a tasting accompanied by cheese and cured meats to compliment the samples. Whether you like red wine, white wine, or both, you will be able to have a sample of two different types of each. The winery staff will explain the process and wine itself. You will also have the opportunity to buy some of the best wines in the winery store at a discount - be sure to check with your cruiseline for their regulations on bringing wine back on-board. All in all, you will spend approximately 2 hours at the winery, during which time your guide will be happy to assist you with his or her expertise. Many of the wineries have small museums / displays showcasing some of the century old world ways located now in modern facilities. Afterwards you will drive to Donori, a quickly stop at the cheese factory where you can taste the best cheese and of course you can save money as well buying from the factory store. 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 you return to your hotel.

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Wine Experience around Cagliari

7. Wine Experience around Cagliari

Starting from the capital of Sardinia you will enjoy some wonderful views during every season. Taste the most famous wines of the island, served with some typical Sardinian food. On the way back through vineyards and olive trees, you will find one of the most famous shrines of rural Sardinia, a marvelous small hidden church. Make the 30-minute trip back to the city, including a nice sightseeing tour of Cagliari ponds with it's beautiful pink flamingos.

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Cagliari: Traditional Ravioli Cooking Class

8. Cagliari: Traditional Ravioli Cooking Class

Perfect the art of Italian ravioli pasta-making at the home of a local chef in Cagliari. Enter the home of your teacher in one of the most dynamic districts of the city. Follow her guidance as you learn how to prepare a menu of typical recipes using fresh produce and raw ingredients sourced from a local market. Start your pasta class by preparing the dough for authentic ravioli (filled dumplings, sealed between 2 layers of thin pasta dough). Discover how to make the perfect ravioli to complete your meal. At the end of your lesson, sit down and enjoy the fruits of your labor with your chef and learn how to combine local recipes with fine Italian wines. Get a copy of all the recipes you prepared so that you can continue your cooking adventure back home.

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Cagliari: Full-Day Private Wine Tasting with Lunch

9. Cagliari: Full-Day Private Wine Tasting with Lunch

Embark on a charming itinerary and taste delicious wines. First, visit two of the best wineries in southern Sardinia. Then, enjoy an authentic Sardinian lunch in a traditional farmhouse. Start your journey with a drive to the countryside to the middle of the Western Mediterranean. Discover the beauty of Cagliari, which is the capital city of the Italian island of Sardinia, on this tasting tour. Marvel at the olive groves, fields, and vineyards. For thousands of years, this land has produced bread, oil, and wine for the city.  Learn the whole process of winemaking. Grapes have been growing here since the Nuraghic times. Cannonau, Vermentino, and Carignano are just some of the famous wines which are made here. Next, you will stop for a Sardinian lunch in a traditional farmhouse. Taste local products like cheese, olives, cured meat, fresh homemade pasta, the Sardinian pig, homemade dessert, season fruits, coffee, and the famous Sardinian Liquor.

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Cagliari Shore Excursion: Wine Tasting

10. Cagliari Shore Excursion: Wine Tasting

Experience an unforgettable visit to one of the best wineries of South Sardinia. For this tour, it is necessary to hold a green pass. You will meet your guide outside the passenger terminal at the parking and board your transportation to the heart of the island and the village of Sardinia, located approximately 11 miles (18 km) to the north of Cagliari, for a quick yet scenic drive. This is a private excursion for just you and your group (but the winery could have other guests simultaneously). Located in the rolling hills, the small town of Sardinia only has a population of approximately 2,000. For thousands of years, the land and climate make this region's wines and olive oil unique. The grapes in this area have been grown since Nuraghic times, and some native grapes of the site are famous, like the Cannonau, Vermentino, and Carignano. The same vineyard you will visit depends on the day of the week and the crowds. The winery staff will explain the process and wine itself. You will also have the opportunity to buy some of the best wines in the winery store at a discount - be sure to check with your cruise line for their regulations on bringing wine back on board. At the end of your experience, 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 bring you back to your cruise ship.

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What people are saying about Cagliari

I highly recommend you book this experience, it is amazing! Isabella and Valerio are very kind and funny people. They picked us up and drove us to a beautiful house were we took the pasta making class. Every step was explained very well and they were very supportive and encouraging in their teaching methods, which was great because I am a far from natural cook :-) After the class we enjoyed some delicious snacks, drinks and our self-made pasta in their lovely garden.

The pasta cooking class is really great. The two hosts were incredibly funny and could tell a lot about Sardinia and the people. They could answer every question I had without any problems. The finished pasta was very fine and I learned a lot about the local cuisine. I would recommend the course to anyone who likes to cook and wants to get to know the local people better.

We had a wonderful afternoon with great conversations and even better food. Isabella and Valerio are super nice people and the pasta making was a lot of fun. I was so in love with the bread Valerio baked that he gave me a quarter of it and I smuggled it home :-) I would highly recommend!

Our hosts were lovely. From the pick up at the meeting point, to the pasta cooking class, the chat, and the dinner ... Everything was done with good heart. We had a wonderful moment with good memories and recepies to cook at home :)

Franco was a fantastic tour guide and Giuseppe was a very genuine host - would highly recommend this to anyone visiting Cagliari!