Attractions

Top Choice Church in Cagliari

Santuario & Basilica di Nostra Signora di Bonaria

Crowning the Bonaria hill, around 1km southeast of Via Roma, is this hugely popular pilgrimage site. Devotees come from all over the world to pray to Nostra Signora di Bonaria, a wooden statue of the Virgin Mary and…
Top Choice Museum in Cagliari

Museo Archeologico Nazionale

Of the four museums at the Citadella dei Musei, this is the undoubted star. Sardinia’s premier archaeological museum displays artefacts spanning millennia of ancient history, including a superb collection of pint-si…
Top Choice Cathedral in Cagliari

Cattedrale di Santa Maria

Cagliari’s graceful 13th-century cathedral stands proud on Piazza Palazzo. Except for the square-based bell tower, little remains of the original Gothic structure: the clean Pisan-Romanesque facade is a 20th-century…
Top Choice Historic Site in Cagliari

Il Castello

This hilltop citadel is Cagliari’s most iconic image, its domes, towers and palazzi, once home to the city’s aristocracy, rising above the sturdy ramparts built by the Pisans and Aragonese. Inside the battlements, t…
Church in Cagliari

Chiesa di San Michele

Although consecrated in 1538, this church is best known for its lavish 18th-century decor, considered the finest example of rococo in Sardinia. The spectacle starts outside with the ebullient triple-arched baroque f…
Gallery in Cagliari

Galleria Comunale d'Arte

Housed in a neoclassical villa north of Il Castello, this gallery zooms in on modern Sardinian art, including works by island artists like Tarquinio Sini (1891–1943). His humorous contrasti (contrasts) showing frump…
Gallery in Cagliari

Pinacoteca Nazionale

This gallery showcases a prized collection of 15th- to 17th-century art. Many of the best works are retablos (grand altarpieces), painted by Catalan and Genoese artists. Of those by known Sardinian painters, the fou…
Basilica in Cagliari

Basilica di San Saturnino

One of the oldest churches in Sardinia, the Basilica di San Saturnino is a striking example of Paleo-Christian architecture. Based on a Greek-cross pattern, the domed basilica was built over a Roman necropolis in th…
Museum in Cagliari

Museo del Tesoro e Area Archeologica di Sant'Eulalia

In the heart of the Marina district, this museum contains a rich collection of religious art, as well as an archaeological area, which extends for up to 200 sq metres beneath the adjacent Chiesa di Sant’ Eulalia. Th…
Tower in Cagliari

Torre dell'Elefante

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 …