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Rising above the historic centre, the Cattedrale di Santa Maria's 16th-century campanile is one of Alghero's signature landmarks. The tower, accessible through a Gothic doorway on Via Principe Umberto, is a fine example of Catalan Gothic architecture with its elegant octagonal structure and short pyramid-shaped spire. Climb to the top for amazing views.

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1. Cattedrale di Santa Maria

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Overlooking Piazza Duomo, Alghero’s oversized Cattedrale di Santa Maria appears out of place with its pompous neoclassical facade and fat Doric columns…

2. Museo Diocesano d’Arte Sacra

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This museum of religious art, in the former Oratorio del Rosario, houses religious artefacts from the Cattedrale di Santa Maria, including silverware,…

3. Porta a Mare

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This gateway, one of two entrances to the medieval city, links Piazza Civica with the marina, passing through the city walls.

4. Chiesa di San Francesco

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Alghero's finest church is a model of architectural harmony. Originally built to a Catalan Gothic design in the 14th century, it was later given a…

5. Piazza Civica

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Just inside Porta a Mare, Piazza Civica is Alghero’s showcase square. In a former life it was the administrative heart of the medieval city, but where…

6. Sea Walls

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Alghero's golden sea walls, built around the centro storico by the Aragonese in the 16th century, are a highlight of the town's historic cityscape…

7. Palazzo d'Albis

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Overlooking Piazza Civica, this Gothic palace was the governor's residence and famously hosted the Spanish emperor Charles V in 1541. It's now home to the…

8. Torre della Maddalena

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Also known as the Torre di Garibaldi, this tower was incorporated into the Forte della Maddalena in the late 16th century.