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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.

Teatro Lirico

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.

Museo Archeologico Nazionale
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Museo Archeologico Nazionale

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.

Cagliari Cathedral

Cagliari Cathedral

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.

Bastione di Saint Remy

Bastione di Saint Remy

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.

Tower of San Pancrazio

Tower of San Pancrazio

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.

Anfiteatro Romano di Cagliari

Anfiteatro Romano di Cagliari

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.

Planning Your Cagliari Visit

How to Get Around Cagliari?

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.

Where to Stay in Cagliari?

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.

Good to know

  • Language
    Italian
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
    +39
  • Best time to visit
    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

The cooking class was excellent! We were warmly welcomed into a lovingly restored traditional Sardinian house and made to feel like we were part of the family. We made three types of pasta by hand with easy to follow, step-by-step instructions in both Italian and English. When it was time to eat, we all sat around the dining room table overlooking the garden and ate sausage, cheese, and so much delicious pasta! I would highly recommend this experience.

Sardinia Cooking Class: Fresh Handmade Pasta Reviewed by Graham, 11/10/2019

The pick up location was around the corner from what is stated on this website, but give the local operator and call to confirm. Our guide was great, he even provided fresh figs. Took us to four swimming spots around the island. Water is stunning and sun was beaming - saw plenty of wildlife. Exactly what we wanted - bring a snorkel.

Francesco, Davide and Giuseppe were the perfect guides and hosts. Very knowledgeable about Sardinia/Sardo wine history and well prepared to answer our many questions. A must-do activity when visiting the island. Giuseppe’s wine and the local cheese and meats were perfect and delicious. Definitely recommend!! Guu

Isabella was fantastic, my friend and I basically had a private tour in Cagliari on Saturday. She showed us all the important sites of the city and her knowledge was excellent. She also gave us some great restaurant recommendations!

The Best of Cagliari: Marina and Castello Reviewed by Anonymous, 02/09/2020

Isabella and her family were the most amazing hosts! The cooking experience was the highlight of our trip to Cagliari. We thoroughly enjoyed learning to make the local pasta, and learned so much about the people of Sardinia.

Sardinia Cooking Class: Fresh Handmade Pasta Reviewed by adele, 10/27/2019