Cagliari Turismo, the tourist portal of the City of Cagliari
This element belongs to the categories: Archaeological areas
From Monday to Sunday, 10am-2pm / 3pm-7pm.
Closed on December 25th and January 1st.
Ticket office closes 20 minutes before the closing time.
In order to ensure the respect of social distancing measures, we recommend to book your visit in advance.
- phone +39 366 2562826
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Euro 2,00 full price ticket;
Euro 1,00 reduced price ticket for students under 26 y.o. and visitors over 65 y.o.;
Euro 1,00 reduced price ticket for groups of at least 15 people;
Euro 3,50 guided tour to the Tigellio's Villa and the Crypt of Saint Efisio for groups of at least 15 people.
Free entrance for disabled visitors and accompanying people
Combined ticket (without temporarily exhibition at the Civic Museums):
€ 15,00 Civic Museums and Cultural Sites (Roman Amphitheatre, Crypt of Santa Restituta, Tigellio's Villa and the Viper's Cave, Elephant Tower, Covered Walkway and Sperone Gallery) valid for 2 weeks.
€ 12,00 Civic Museums and Cultural Sites (Roman Amphitheatre, Crypt of Santa Restituta, Tigellio's Villa and the Viper's Cave, Elephant Tower, Covered Walkway and Sperone Gallery) valid for 2 weeks and only for residents in the Metropolitan Area of Cagliari.
Among the most important archaeological sites in Sardinia, the aristocratic Tigellio's Villa proves the extension of the ancient Roman settlement in the western part of the city. The complex is known by the name of Tigellio and it is located in the street that has his name. Tigellio was a famous poet and singer, who lived during the Augustan Age in the Roman Period. Actually it is an elegant Roman residential area built in the 1st century BC, consisting of three domus. The interest about the archaeological complex of Tigellio began in the second half of the 19th century, when it was found, within some documents called "Codici d'Arborea" (Codes of Arborea), an alleged biography of the Sardinian musician Tigellio, who would have bought lands in the area of the Amphitheatre to build his luxurious house. The first series of archaeological investigations by Canon Spano discovered some spaces that he named “Casa degli Stucchi” ( Plaster House), for the extensive use of covering plaster.
The excavating job continued in the 60s, with the Superintendent of Sardinian Antiquities, Gennaro Pesce: another domus emerged, the “Casa del Tablinio Dipinto” ( House of Painted Tablinio) and a spa building, whose perforated brick floor, testifies to the likely housing of suspensurae of the caldarium termale.
Finally, the analysis of the found structures, together with the recovery of ceramic materials, give us information about a chronological age between the Republican Period and the sixth-seventh century AD.