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The itinerary features religion, ancient history, archaeology and culture that melt together, through the district where once the farmers from Campidano settled.
Visit to Villanova district

The Villanova district is one of the four historic districts of Cagliari, appreciated by residents and tourists. In the past it was considered the area of farmers and gardeners and welcomed the many families from the Campidano countryside.
Today it is an essential itinerary for all those who love walking and will be able to immortalize with their shots the long flowery views and the streets embellished with plants. As well worth visiting are the cloister of San Domenico, the church of San Giacomo and the beautiful square in front of it. Art lovers can get lost in the narrow and colourful San Saturnino Street, famous for his street art, or visit the Exma cultural center which hosts interesting art exhibitions every year.


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Legs of the route

  • A

    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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  • B

    Church of Saint Luciferus

    Via San Lucifero, 78

    The Church of Saint Luciferus is located in Villanova district, a short-distance from the Basilica of San Saturnino.

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  • C

    EXMA - Exhibiting and Moving Arts

    Via San Lucifero, 71

    The former slaughterhouse is located in the historic district of Villanova. Construction works lasted 7 years, from 1845 to 1852. The slaughterhouse was operative until 1964.

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  • D

    World War I Memorial Park

    Via Sonnino

    Monument commemorating the Sardinian soldiers died during the First World War. Designed by local architect Ubaldo Badas in 1935.

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  • E

    Church of Saint Giacomo

    Piazza San Giacomo, 3

    It was probably erected around the 14th century in the Catalan Gothic style, then restored in the 18th and 19th century. It preserves a wooden sculpted group and an earthen Lamentation, both dating back to the 15th century, as well as a 1769 organ.

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  • F

    Crypt of San Domenico

    Via XXIV Maggio, 5

    The crypt is located under the modern Church of San Domenico. It was built in the 14th century, in gothic-catalan style, with Dominican cloister and convent enclosed ; it was destroyed by the bombing in 1943.

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  • G

    Church of Saint Domenico

    Piazza San Domenico, 4
    Via XXIV Maggio

    It was built in the 50s on the ruins of the ancient Catalan Gothic church, destroyed by the bombings of 1943. Its remains can be seen in the crypt, also called lower church, which can be visited, along with the cloister, from via XXIV Maggio.

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  • H

    San Saturnino open air gallery

    via San Saturnino

    The graffiti street

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