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Covered Walkway and Sperone Gallery

Covered Walkway and Sperone Gallery

This element belongs to the categories: Archaeological areas, Collections and permanent exhibitions, Museums

Opening hours:

The Covered Walkway and the Sperone Gallery archaeological path are open from Monday to Friday, from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm.
Entrance from the Saint Remy Bastion staircase.

In order to ensure the respect of social distancing measures, we recommend to book your visit in advance.

Contacts:

Covered Walkway (with the exhibition Ugo² - The Civic Museums Contemporary Art Collection)
- http://sistemamuseale.museicivicicagliari.it/prenotazione-passeggiata-coperta/

Sperone Gallery (archaeological path)
- phone +39 366 2562826
- e-mail info@beniculturalicagliari.it

Prices:

Tickets for the Covered Walkway and the Sperone Gallery:
- full ticket: 6 euro;
- reduced-price ticket: 4 euro (students up to the age of 26, people over 65 years old);
- reduced-price ticket; 3 euro (groups at least of 15 people);
- free admission for children under 6 years old, disabled visitors and their companion, journalists and ICOM members.

The Covered Walkway is the historic meeting place of Cagliari. From its elegant arches it is possible to access the archaeological paths of the Sperone Gallery, where you can admire part of the old military structures of the city.
Covered Walkway and Sperone Gallery
The majestic Saint Remy Bastion houses the Covered Walkway, the city meeting place on the top of its ancient walls.
 
Inaugurated in 1902 as a banquet hall, throughout the years the walkway has been used for various purposes: an infirmary during the World War I, a complementary school in the 1920s, a branch office for the Treasury and a shelter for the homeless in the second post-war period. Moreover, in 1948 it hosted the first edition of the International Fair of Sardinia.
 
The space is characterized by wide halls, decorated in bright colors.

The Covered Walkway leads to the Sperone Gallery, a part of the structures built by the architect and military engineer Rocco Cappellino to protect Cagliari from 16th-century Muslim military incursions. Convened by Charles V, Cappellino created the first modern defence project in Sardinia, made up of towers, ramparts, fortified cities and castles.

The Gallery was also built with the aim of embellishing the buildings of the Bastion, which had the front to the sea. Its internal environment is called "vaulted casemate" and it was used for military usage. It also took the name of "Cannoniera" because it placed a cannon whose shot crossed with that of the cannon positioned in the Bastion of the Balice, which is located in University street. This new defensive technique served to protect the “Porta dei Due Leoni”, the entrance to the gallery, which was the only access from the south to the fortified city.

Inside the Gallery there also was an access road that led the condemned to death to Piazza Martiri.

One of the areas was used as a prison. In another room there was, however, a public cistern that distributed water in the Castello area.

An internal part of the gallery was also used as an air-raid shelter during the Second World War.

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