What to see in Cagliari.
Some of the most interesting places of Cagliari.
The charming Poetto beach extends over the Gulf of the Angels for about 9 kilometers along the coast.
It begins at the Devil’s Saddle and extends along the Quartu coast.
The beach is lively day and night. There are many beach clubs where it is possible to rent beach umbrellas and deckchairs. In the bars, particularly in the evening, it is possible to enjoy live music performances while sipping a delicious cocktail.
Park of Molentargius
The Molentargius Regional Saline Nature Park, established in 1999, is a wetland of international note and is considered among the most important in Europe. It is a rare example of a rich ecosystem in a highly populated area.
The Park is a wetland, which spreads over an area of about 1600 hectares, bordered by the urban expansion of the Municipalities of Cagliari, Quartu Sant’Elena, Selargius, Quartucciu and the Poetto seafront.
The park is open every day:
From 1 April to 15 October
Monday to Friday from 8.30 to 20.00
Saturday and Sunday from 8.30 to 20.30
From October 16th to March 31st
Monday to Friday from 08.30 to 18.00
Saturday and Sunday from 09.00 to 18.00
Bastion of Saint Remy
The Bastion of Saint Remy is located in the heart of the city, in the historic district of Castello. It is decidedly one of the most important monuments of Cagliari and plays host to several exhibition spaces. It was built on the ancient defensive walls of the medieval city, and takes its name
from the first Piemontese Viceroy, the Baron of Saint-Remy.
The Bastion of Saint Remy is the ideal place to have a drink in the lounge bars at the top of the terrace, while enjoying the breathtaking panoramic view of Cagliari, perhaps after some shopping in Via Manno and Via Garibaldi, Cagliari’s famous shopping streets.
Built by the Pisans in the first years of the fourteenth century to oppose the Aragonese, this majestic tower constitutes a historical monument of extraordinary value. More than 30 meters tall, the The Elephant Tower that takes its name from the elephant on the façade is one of the most symbolic monuments of Cagliari. In the past, it was used as a look-out tower to spot invasions.
The tower is located in the Castello district, beside the church of San Giuseppe and a trip up the tower allows visitors to admire incredible views of the city of Cagliari and the surrounding area.
Open every day.
Winter (1st / 10th): 9 am-5pm
Summer (from 15/05): 10.00-19.00
Whole € 3,00
Reduced and groups over 15 people € 2,00
The Basilica of Bonaria is a religious complex dating back to 1700 and is formed of a small church (the shrine) and the Basilica. It rises on top of the hill of Bonaria and is the most important Marian Shrine in Sardinia.
Inside stands the statue of the Madonna with the Bimbo a Braccio, which, according to legend, was left on the beach adjacent to the hill of Bonaria in 1370 by a Spanish ship caught in a storm.
It is believed that the sea was calmed only when the chest containing the statue was thrown into the water. This belief is widespread among Sardinian sailors. The Spanish conquistadors called the city of Buenos Aires with the name “port of Nuestra Senora de los Buenos Aires” in homage to the Sanctuary of Bonaria.
Every day 6:30 – 19:30
The monumental cemetery of Bonaria was inaugurated in 1829 and houses tombs of rare beauty belonging to distinguished figures and noble Cagliaritano and Italian families. It is a real-life, open-air art gallery, with sculptures by various artists operating in Cagliari from the second half of the nineteenth century until the first decades of the twentieth century. Pieces in various styles ranging from freedom to neoclassicism, to realism, can be found. These reflect the lively arts scene in Cagliari in the late nineteenth century.
The Cemetary of Bonaria is a peaceful spot that often leaves visitors speechless. There are numerous ghost legends linked to the Cemetery of Bonaria, such as the tomb of the Marinaretto, or the murder of Cosimo Lecca, which occurred more than a century ago while he was the custodian of the cemetery.
From November to March:
from Tuesday to Sunday 08.00 – 13.00, Thursday also 14.30 – 17.30
From April to October:
from Tuesday to Sunday 08.00 – 13.00, Thursday also 15.00 – 18.00
Closed on Mondays
Citadel of Museums
The Cittadella dei Musei holds within its walls, some real treasures for history and art lovers.
The ancient seat of the Regio Arsenale has become the home of many important artistic treasures. Inside it is possible see different historical testimonies and history of ancient civilizations which were present on the island. There is also a collection of anatomical waxes, as well as the Museum of Siamese Art.
from Tuesday to Sunday: 9.00 – 20.00