OVERVIEW: This tour provides a good overview of some of the best known sites in Cagliari. At some sites, you will disembark to walk and explore ancient ruins, historic buildings and a museum. Photo stops will provide panoramic views of the harbor and city.
HIGHLIGHTS: See and explore some of the most popular sites in Cagliari the citadel, the National Archeology Museum and the Cathedral of Santa Marta.
NOTES: Conservative attire with no exposed shoulders or knees is recommended. Short pants, tank tops and revealing clothing are not acceptable.
This tour provides a good overview of some of the best known sites in Cagliari. At some of the sites, you will disembark in order to walk and explore ancient ruins, historic buildings and a museum. Photo stops will provide panoramic views of the harbor and city.
- Exterior views of the Roman Amphitheater, Porta Cristina and the Citadel.
- The National Archeology Museum: Visit and learn about the city’s ancient past.
- Cathedral of Santa Maria del Castello: Step inside and admire the beauty of this 12th century church.
Your tour begins with a drive along Via Roma and Viale Merello to reach the Cagliari city walls. Cagliari is the administrative capital of Sardinia, the council seat and site of the regional government. As the island’s main port, the city is recognized as the most important commercial and industrial center. Tourists are drawn to Cagliari’s interesting natural surroundings and panoramic vistas.
To the south lies the great Golfo degli Angeli, the Gulf of the Angels. Though almost enclosed by urban expansion, the lagoons of Santa Gilla and Molentagus are home to flamingos, cormorants, ducks, and herons. Flocks of birds flying over the town are an everyday sight as they go from one lagoon to the other. At sunset, an extraordinary pink light spreads over the walls and the old ramparts of the castle.
Rome left its mark on Cagliari with the grandiose amphitheater and its auditorium carved out of the rock which you will view. Continue walking through the Citadel and Porta Cristina to reach the National Archeological Museum which houses the most complete collection of artifacts relating to the early Sardinian (Nuraghe) civilization. Bronze figures, weapons and a variety of items produced by the early inhabitants of Sardinia are on display. The museum also contains exhibits which recall the profound influence which the Phoenician, Carthaginian and Roman civilizations had on Sardinia.
You will walk through the heart of the old city, passing Arsenale Square and San Pancrazio Tower on your way to Piazzetta Mundula for views of Pond, Monte Urpinu and Devil’s Saddle. Pisa left the splendid 13th century Elephant Tower and the Tower of San Pancrazio. The Aragonese and Spaniards gave the town its walls, ramparts and many fine buildings. Typical wrought-iron balconies add to the special atmosphere which can still be felt today in the old districts of Stampace, Marina and Villanova.
Next you will step inside and admire the beauty of the 12th century Cathedral of Santa Maria del Castello which is consecrated to Saint Mary. The church and bell tower date back to the Romanesque period of the 13th century. In the 17th century, the cathedral was restored and modified in the Baroque style. The interior is divided into three naves with side chapels. It is enriched with fine baroque furnishings and a raised presbytery which is enclosed by a 17th century marble balustrade. The sanctuary was carved into the rock under the altar. There are three chapels with urns said to contain relics of the martyrs.
You will then proceed to Bastione San Remy which offers wonderful views of the city and harbor and Bonaria Basilica, the historic church dedicated to the Madonna.
The dynamic cultural life of the town is enhanced by the presence of the university. The shops and commercial center complete the picture of Cagliari as a modern town which has, nevertheless, been able to preserve its historical roots. Time permitting, you will have approximately 30 minutes for shopping and browsing before returning to the ship.
A map, headsets, a bottle of water and emergency contact numbers will be provided for your convenience.
What to Bring:
- You should always take your SeaPass card (provided onboard the ship) and photo identification when in port.
- Camera and cash for shopping
- Sun protection and sunglasses
What to Wear:
- Comfortable walking shoes are suggested.
- If you plan to visit the cathedral, kindly note that conservative attire with no exposed shoulders or knees is recommended. Short pants, tank-tops and revealing clothing are not acceptable.
- Guests must be able to walk approximately 2 miles over uneven and cobblestone surfaces with 50 to 60 steps.