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
Very enjoyable cooking class, lots of hands on experience with lots of instruction. We had coffee and biscotti when we first arrived, then we got right to work on the filling for the pasta. After the filling we went to work on three types of pasta which took several hours. We all worked together mixing and forming the pasta, they even let our 7 year old granddaughter work right along with us! We were then given wine and antipasto on the patio while our hosts cooked the pasta. After they put two different sauces on all of the cooked pasta we all sat at the table, including all of their family, and had a wonderful lunch with a lovely red wine. We truly had a delightful Sardinian experience.
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 :)
That is the best way to discover All the beautiful places of Cagliari in a short periode of time. The smart and emphatic character of the guide made the day perfect. He invited us for a break at a plave with lovely view over Cagliari. He speaks fluent english and spain. *****stars. Highly recommended!