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This itinerary proposes a walk among monuments and archaeological sites dating back to different ages, still visible in Cagliari.
Archaeological Cagliari

Cagliari allows visitors to take a step back in time and learn about its long history through the numerous archaeological sites from different eras. The monuments dating back to Roman civilization are imposing and among the most important at a regional level, such as the amphitheatre, the Villa of Tigellio and the Viper cave. There are numerous archaeological remains scattered within the places of nature, from the Garden of the Capuchins to the promontory of the Devil’s Saddle (Sella del Diavolo). The city also hides shelters and underground tunnels under its streets. A visit to the Castle of Saint Michele, which stands on the homonymous hill cannot be missed. The archaeological itinerary includes a stop at the museum of the treasure of Saint Eulalia and the discovery of the basilica of Saint Saturnino, the oldest of the city.


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  • A

    Viper's Cave

    Viale Sant'Avendrace

    Atilia Pomptilla sepulchre, dating 1st Century AD is known as Grotta della Vipera, because of the decoration in the frontal part of the sepulchre, representing two vipers.

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  • B

    Tigellio's Villa

    Via Carbonazzi, 7

    One of the most important archaelogical site of Sardinia, the aristocratic Tigellio's Villa bear witness to Roman expansion into the western part of the city.

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  • C

    Botanical Garden

    Viale S. Ignazio da Laconi, 9-11
    Dipartimento Scienze Botaniche Univ.di Cagliari

    The botanical garden is directed by the University of Cagliari and streched for 5 hectares. Currently the garden contains about 2000 species, predominantly of Mediterranean origin but with a good collection of succulents and tropical plants as well.

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  • D

    Garden of the Capuchins

    Viale Merello (fronte civico 62)

    The Garden of the Capuchins was founded in 1595, on a hill on the western side of the Roman Amphitheatre. The monastery had a vast land used as a garden for the cultivation of medicinal plants, in which there were also some ancient Roman cisterns.

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  • E

    Roman Amphitheatre

    Viale Sant'Ignazio da Laconi
    Ingr. fronte Centro Solidarietà G. Paolo II

    The Roman Amphitheatre of Cagliari, dates from the end of the first and the first half of the second century AD, is placed along the southern hillside of Buoncammino.

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  • F

    Museum of the Treasure of Sant'Eulalia

    Vico del Collegio, 2
    adiacenze Chiesa di Santa Eulalia

    The museum complex features art and documents (16th - 19th century) from the churches of St. Eulalia, St. Sepolcro, St. Lucia. The underground archaeological area displays a street, a pit and a cistern, dating back to the Roman age.

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  • G

    Basilica of San Saturnino

    Piazza San Cosimo

    Paleochristian complex dating back to the 5th century, which includes the Byzantine-Protoromanesque church (also called Church of SS. Cosma e Damiano) and the Christian necropolis, in which many Byzantine and Roman Age remains were found.

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  • H

    Covered Walkway and Sperone Gallery

    Piazza Costituzione

    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.

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  • I

    Air-Raid Refuge Don Bosco

    Via San Giovanni Bosco

    The gallery refuge extends for about 180 meters along a parallel and equidistant axis from Viale Merello to Viale Fra Ignazio.

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  • J

    Cavity of Via Vittorio Veneto

    Via Vittorio Veneto, 40

    The cavity, rose presumably in Roman times for the extraction of limestone, was used during World War II, as a refuge from the bombing. After the war, the cavity gave temporary asylum to those refugees.

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  • K

    Castle of San Michele

    via Cinquini, s.n.c.
    Castello di San Michele

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  • L

    The Fullonica

    tra Via XX Settembre e viale Regina Margherita
    Area sottostante il Palazzo dell'INPS

    It is an important archaeological site connected with handmade establishment. Later, they have been discovered some ruins of the old walls of difficult to identify and to date. The decoration of the recovered mosaic and the inscriptions would agree

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  • M

    La Scala di Ferro (Ex Bastione di Monserrato)

    Viale Regina Margherita, 46
    Via Torino

    The Monserrato Rampart was built in 1562, in order to protect the eastern side of Marina district.

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  • N

    Well of San Pancrazio

    Piazza Indipendenza

    The well of "San Pancrazio" was dug in 1235 in Castello district, in the middle of the current Piazza Indipendenza, to ensure water supply to the fortress, as evidenced by an inscription now lost.

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  • O

    Devil's Saddle

    Accesso dalla località Cala Mosca
    Viale Calamosca

    The Devil’s Saddle is one of the most significant features of Cagliari. Thanks to its particular geo-morphological shape it is a symbol of the city skyline, especially of the Poetto beach.

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