Cagliari

Panoramic Cagliari and Wine Tasting

After leaving the port you will have a stop at the Basilica di Bonaria and at the panoramic point of Monte Urpino.

You will then enjoy a scenic drive past quaint villages, farms and olive groves brings you to a local wine estate.

Now operated by the third generation of the family, the winery continues to grow grapes descended from Nuraghic times: the more familiar Cannonau, Vermentino and Carignano and lesser-known Monica, Bovale, Nasco and Girò.

During your stay, several of the estate’s wines will be served with a delicious local snack.

Visit also of the cellars with the explanation about the production of the wine.

 

Barumini

You will meet your guide and your driver at the port and you will depart to Barumini Archaeological site.

The most extensive of the island’s 7,000 discovered nuraghi, Su Nuraxi’s significance merits its inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Concentric rings of thick stone walls conceal dark chambers and narrow passages in a central, beehive-shape tower. Your guided tour allows you to explore the interior. In the ruins of the surrounding village there are benches, ovens, wells, and other Bronze Age remnants.

The specific functions of individual nuraghi remain a mystery, largely because their construction predates written history. Though this particular type of construction is unique to Sardinia in Italy, similar buildings dating from the same era are found in other parts of the Mediterranean, such as Cyprus and the Balearic islands off Spain.

The same ticket also allows entry to a museum and exhibition center in Barumini.

Return to the port after the visit.

 

Cagliari and Archeological Museum

You will depart from the pier with your guide and will have a short drive along the coast and the town’s most beautiful beaches.

Spread out over seven hills (Sant’Elia, Bonaria, Monte Urpinu, Castello, Monte Claro, Tuvixeddu and San Michele), Cagliari has Phoenician-Punic origins and today still preserves important Roman ruins such as the Amphitheatre, the Viper’s Cave and and Tigellio’s Villa. During the first centuries of the last millennium, the town suffered the Spanish and Pisan dominations. Sign of their influence can be found in the two Pisan Towers built in the 1300’s together with the immense city walls that mark and watch over the oldest part of the town Castello.

Thanks to its port, over time Cagliari has been Sardinia’s entry, and therefore meeting point, of different cultures.
You will pass in front of the Basilica of Bonaria, the biggest and most elegant church of Cagliari, famous for the mysterious legend of its foundation.

Continuing along the coast you will reach Poetto, a sandy beach more than ten kilometres (six miles) long.

On its south-western limit is the typical rocky formation known as the “Sella del Diavolo” (Devil’s Saddle). The salt pools in the area have an unusual scarlet colour during the period of maximum water evaporation, and in winter they attract a large number of birds – especially pink flamingos.

You will then proceed to Monte Urpinu from where it is possible to have a wonderful view over the Gulf of Cagliari.

You will then continue to Cagliari city centre to visit the highlights of the town.

The Cathedral, consecrated to Saint Mary, dates back to the Romanesque period, but was subsequently restored and modified in the baroque style in the 17th century.

The National Archaeological Museum houses the most complete collection concerning the early Sardinian “nuraghe” civilization.

After the tour you will have some free time to wander around on your own

 

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