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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 Archaeological Site in Barumini & Nuraghe Su Nuraxi

Nuraghe Su Nuraxi

In the heart of the voluptuous green countryside near Barumini, the Nuraghe Su Nuraxi is Sardinia’s sole World Heritage site and the island’s most visited nuraghe. The focal point is the 1500 BC tower, which origina…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Tharros

Area Archeologica di Tharros

The choppy blue waters of the Golfo di Oristano provide a magnificent backdrop to the ruins of ancient Tharros. Founded by the Phoenicians in the 8th century BC, the city thrived as a Carthaginian naval base and was…
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 National Park in Isola dell'Asinara

Parco Nazionale dell'Asinara

Named after its resident asini bianchi (albino donkeys), the Isola dell'Asinara encompasses 51 sq km of macchia (Mediterranean scrub), rocky coastline and remote sandy beaches. The island, Sardinia's second largest,…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Lago Omodeo & the Interior

Nuraghe di Santa Cristina

Just off the SS131 north of Oristano, the Nuraghe Santa Cristina is an important nuraghic complex whose extraordinary Bronze Age tempio a pozzo (well temple) is one of the best preserved in Sardinia. The worship of …
Top Choice Historic Site in Alghero

Sea Walls

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. Running from Piazza Sulis in the south to Porta a Mare and the mari…
Top Choice Museum in Isola Caprera

Compendio Garibaldino

Giuseppe Garibaldi, professional revolutionary and all-round Italian hero, bought half of Caprera in 1855 (he got the rest 10 years later). He made it his home and refuge, the place he would return to after yet anot…
Top Choice Area in La Giara di Gesturi

La Giara di Gesturi

Northwest of Barumini, La Giara di Gesturi is a high basalt plateau famous for its wild horses and uncontaminated natural beauty. The 45-sq-km plain, much of which is carpeted by macchia (Mediterranean scrubland) an…
Top Choice Museum in Sassari

Museo Nazionale Sanna

Sassari's premier museum, housed in a grand Palladian villa, boasts a comprehensive archaeological collection and an ethnographical section dedicated to Sardinian folk art. The highlight is the nuraghic bronzeware, …