Cagliari Turismo, the tourist portal of the City of Cagliari
Closed on Monday
Summer (until the 2nd of October): 10.00 am - 01.00 p.m. / 04.00 p.m. - 07.00 pm
Winter (from the 4th of October): 10.00 am - 01.00 pm / 03.00 pm - 06.00 pm
Entire: 3.00 €
Reduced: 2.00 €
San Michele Castle is located on one of the highest hills of Cagliari. The main plant, probably of a single tower, is from the Byzantine Period or first “Giudicale” Period (tenth century AD) and it had the defensive function of Santa Igia, the capital of the “Giudicato” of Cagliari. In 1327, after the Catalan conquest of Cagliari, the castle was offered to Berengar Carroz. After the fall of the “Giudicato” of Arborea, its defensive role became secondary. It was with the Count Giacomo Carroz that the castle became one of the most luxurious residences in Sardinia. The last member of the Carroz family, who lived in the castle, was the unfortunate Countess Violante, who died in 1511. After her death the castle was then included among the goods of the Spanish Crown.
In 1652 it was used as a hospital during the black plague. During the XVIII century, with the Austrians first and then with the Savoy, the castle suffered a new period of decadence. From 1820 to 1848 it became a disabled barracks; in 1895 it was bought by a private owner, Roberto di San Tommaso, who committed its restoration to the architect Dionigi Scano and planted the still existing pine forest. In the Thirties the hill and the castle became a military domain, while in 1966 the excavation works of the castle began by the architect Renato Salinas. The marbles and friezes from the Basilica of San Saturno of Cagliari, discovered during the excavations, were reused by Carroz to restore the masonry. In 1990, there were new restoration works and the reorganization of the hill.
Today the castle offers a space for exhibitions, lectures and other cultural events.