This hilltop citadel is Cagliari’s most iconic image, its domes, towers and palazzi, once home to the city’s aristocracy, rising above...
City Tour Cagliari
This open-topped bus does an hour’s loop of the key landmarks and sights, with multilingual commentary available. The whistlestop tour...
Istituto di Architettura e Disegno
This arty cafe is hewn out of the limestone rock face. Seek out a snug alcove in the vaulted stone interior for drinks and occasional...
Isola del Gelato
A hugely popular hang-out with ice-creamy treats including semifreddo and sorbet.
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Torre dell'Elefante information
One of only two Pisan towers still standing, the Torre dell’Elefante was built in 1307 as defence against the threatening Aragonese. Named after the sculpted elephant by the vicious-looking portcullis, the 42m-high tower became something of a horror show, thanks to its foul decor. The crenellated storey was added in 1852 and used as a prison for political detainees. Climb to the top for far-reaching views over the city’s rooftops to the sea.
The Spaniards beheaded the Marchese di Cea here and left her severed head lying around for 17 years! They also liked to adorn the portcullis with the heads of executed prisoners, strung up in cages like ghoulish fairy lights.