We discover an archaeological jewel surrounded by the sea, to contemplate the ancient ruins that tell the story of a past that has left deep traces.
After crossing a beautiful beach, we walk along a small hill to the temple of an ancient female punic deity: Tanit, the goddess of love and fertility. We look out slowly and stand before the city of Nora with its baths, villas, small houses and the theatre, which today still hosts poets, actors and prominent musicians during the hot summer nights. Along the ancient Roman roads, nothing around us goes unnoticed: the beauty of the mosaics, the noise of the waves crushing on the ruins that emerge out of the water, the marble blocks scarred by the passing of time, the columns that remain standing despite plundering and storms. It is a journey to follow the traces of rich merchants, young sailors and holy soldiers revered by an entire population.
Get a real experience while tasting different local delicacies in the small shops hidden in what once was the fishermen's district, just a few steps from the sea.With quality and authenticity being the key ingredients of this experience, you will enjoy a unique path that winds along old churches, narrow streets and flower-decked balconies.
And we will be delighted to guide you through the different foods you will taste.Sardinia’s raw milk cheese, natural wine, cured meat prepared in accordance with local traditions, the real flavour of bread and fruit ice cream will engage your senses with their unique and special taste.
Our goal will be to make you feel like hanging out with friends, while telling you the stories behind this ancient city scented by the fragrance of the sea and of its genuine, simple food.
One of Sardinia’s top attractions, the UNESCO–listed site of Su Nuraxi dates back to the Bronze age. On this tour, travel 3,500 years back in time to the Nuragic period and visit this archaeological complex with your guide. Explore the court house, housing complex, and meeting hut, and see how life played out during the pre-Roman period. Enjoy round-trip travel from your Cagliari hotel, and upgrade to visit surrounding sites of interest such as the Giara plateau, the Giants' Tomb, and the medieval palace.
Escape the crowds in Cagliari and dive into authentic Sardinia by exploring the western Costa Verde. Stop in the hills surrounding Arbus to see the heirloom black sheep raised here and taste artisanal “pecorino” sheep cheese. Continue on to the spectacular Piscinas beach, home to some of the highest sand dunes in Europe. End by visiting the UNESCO-listed Montevecchio mining complex, a fascinating look at 19th-century industry on Sardinia.
We explore the pristine volcanic plateau of the Giara to meet the reknowned wild horses. We also discover Su nuraxi, the important prehistoric monument and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Giara is a vast uncontaminated basalt plateau where thousands of wild horses have lived for thousands of years, though it remains a mystery how they came to inhabit this natural landscape of outstanding beauty. We approach them through the cork oak trees and the myrtle-scented shrubs, to see them while they drink calmly in the small ponds. Below them, on the plain, we spot in the distance the monumental nuraghe of Barumini. This typical Sardinian prehistoric structure was built with stones carved out from the Giara itself. The nuraghe is made up of a system of towers, part of an old genial idea the memory of which has sadly been lost.Today we can witness an amazing prehistoric monument built by people who knew how to govern with balance over the external forces.
Discover Sardinia’s little-known medieval sites with this tour of the Acquafredda Castle and San Giovanni Cave. Enjoy a scenic drive from Cagliari to the ruins of the clifftop castle and follow your guide up the trail to explore its abandoned village, fortress, and church. Relax over a glass of wine and traditional Sardinian products while enjoying the view, then head down through a spectacular cave set at the foot of the castle.
Dig into the fascinating history and culture of Sardinia with a half-day tour of the Barumini UNESCO site and the Giara di Gesturi wild horses. See the prehistoric Su Nuraxi Fortress at Barumini. Visit the Giara plateau to find the unique breed of small horses that roam wild.
Escape to one of Sardinia’s loveliest island retreats during this full-day tour of San Pietro Island. Choose from shared or private options; the tour begins in the morning, when you’re picked up directly from your Chia or Domus de Maria accommodation. Journey via air-conditioned minivan to Calasetta, where you’ll board a ferry to the island. Upon arrival, swim in the turquoise sea, tour the vibrant town of Carloforte, see the Columns of Carloforte, and learn about San Pietro Island’s millennia of history.
Visit the archaeological site of Nora, an ancient pre-Roman city on Sardinia, with this tour from Cagliari. See ruins and excavations sites, and learn about the city’s history, which dates back 2,500 years to the Phoenicians. This small-group tour is operated by 9-seater minivan, and offers hotel pickup and drop-off.
See more of Castelsardo on a private full-day tour from Cagliari with a guide who shows you historical landmarks and other charms of the picturesque seaside town. Highlights include the Citadel of Castelsardo; Elephant Rock; and Altare Monte d'Accoddi—a pre-Nuragic archaeological site from the 4th century BC. Have time for a leisurely stroll through the medieval streets on an excursion that can be personalized to your interests.
Pair the independence of self-drive with the convenience of a tour on this educational private day trip that’s tailor-made for history buffs. With a guide on hand to explicate every site, learn the secrets of Sardinia’s mysterious Nuragic civilization and explore the charming town of Bosa. Visit the megalithic tower and village at Nuraghe Sant’Antine, the prehistoric burial ground at Sant’Andrea Priu, and Bosa’s scenic old town.
Some towns have art districts, but in San Sperate, the entire town functions as an open-air gallery. The hometown of Italian artist and sculptor Pinuccio Sciola, he played an instrumental part in the town’s rebranding as an art destination. Stroll the streets and admire more than 400 street murals, traditional peasant and farmer houses, and Sciola’s “Sound Stone” installations, which produce music when touched.
The island of Sant'Antioco is home to the ruins of the oldest urban settlement in Sardinia, the Phoenician city of Sulky. We walk in the town of Sant'Antioco itself where the ancient settlement once stood; its colourful houses line along the small port where every day the fishermen sell their catch. The looks, the smiles and every little gesture of the local people could resemble those of the Phoenicians, of a place that still hides secrets. One of them is the tradition of the byssus, the renowned golden brown marine natural filaments that are still spun and woven today to get fine embroidery. We stroll along the coast on beautiful beaches interspersed with rocky natural barriers where the waves of the turquoise sea break. And we finally reach Calasetta, a small town of white houses nestled in juniper woods and vineyards that stretch all the way to the coast in front of the Faro di Mangiabarche, a working lighthouse that still guides sailors to safety.
Leave the bustling port behind and experience the timeless beauty of Castello, Cagliari’s unique historic district. Stroll through the winding streets with your guide to learn about the city’s fascinating history and architecture, influenced by millennia of invasions and conquests. Take in views over the coastline, famous for its pink flamingos, and stop in one of the traditional restaurants lining the squares to sample Sardinian cuisine (own expense).
Visit to the nuragic complex of Barumini, an archaeological park that includes a nuragic architecture and parts of a village.
Visit to the museum complex of Casa Zapata, an important institution that includes an archaeological and ethnographic collection. The residence of another nuragic complex found under this Aragonese residence.
How did we live the first civilizations in Sardinia? What were the main technologies known by protohistoric populations? We will find in this archaeological tour in the nuraghe - On Nuraxi-, one of the most important monumental architectures of the island and Unesco heritage, together with the history of the Nuragic civilization
It starts from Cagliari, with time to be agreed; the tour takes place on foot in terrain with irregular surfaces. Comfortable shoes like sneakers are therefore recommended.
An amazing place with a incredible views: Nora and his ruins. A place to discover the history of Phoenicians, Carthaginians and Romans. Here you can see the old city, the roman amphitheater and the magnificent mosaics.
Join a cultural walking tour to explore the city of Cagliari: discover monuments, churches, art, and curious quirks of the Sardinian Capital. See the bastion of San Remy, the Royal Palace, the Cathedral, the Nivola's sculptures and other historical attractions.
Discover Cagliari, a city overlooking the Gulf of Angels and chest of wonderful treasures located all along the urban fabric. The four historical districts of the Sardinian Capital are a veritable open-air museum which will tell you the city history from the Roman settlement until the modern era.
An off-the-beaten-track ruin offers the same caliber of historical and cultural significance as other Italian attractions—but without the crowds. This guided tour to the necropolis of Montessu makes it easy to tour the sculpted amphitheater, rock-hewn chamber tombs, and stunning countryside of southern Sardinia. Tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off from Chia and Domus de Maria area, skip the line entrance, entrance fees, and all transportation.
Head from Chia to the culturally rich medieval city of Cagliari on a guided tour, which includes stops at Cagliari’s must-see attractions and natural wonders alike. Choose to travel by foot or by car as you visit the city’s bustling markets, historical monuments, and nearby Lagoon of Santa Gilla with a guide, learning about Cagliari’s culture and history as you go.
In Sardinia the Carnival begins on January 17 with "Sa prima essia" (the first release) of the masks. In Barbagia, a historic region located at the foot of the Gennargentu massif, great fireworks are organized every year on the occasion of Saint Anthony in the villages. In Mamoiada, an important barbaricino center, with the first exit it starts the carnival, the masks of the Mamuthones and the Issohadores parade along the streets of the town to dance around the fires as a propitiatory rite.
The day begins with a visit to a local winery with vineyard tour, meeting with the winemaker and tasting of the famous Cannonau wine. Later, we will take a walk in the village to discover its history, starting from the origins to learn about "Sa perda pintà", menhir found in the custodian country and witness of an ancient history. We will continue with the dressing of the Mamuthones and the Issohadores and then follow them in the parade.
Deep in the mountains, we find two small towns, part of a living museum where, at its centre, for thousands of years, has stood a prehistoric tower, the nuraghe of Armungia. This town has grown around it, stone by stone, and to visit it feels like going back in time, to relive ancient crafts and new emotions.
The scent of the myrtle leads us along a path trailed by miners and peasants, before arriving at the fields and the old mine of Villasalto, the neighbouring town where each family still owns a vineyard and raises goats without a hitch. Some one thousand inhabitants live here, surrounded by mountains where mouflons, foxes and wildcats still roam.
We visit places where the past and the present barely meet because time does not seem to ever pass. We open the wooden doors of old houses into flowered courtyards, to find old cellars and kitchens inside, and to sit at the table with men and women who have been waiting to meet us and share food with us.
The vineyards, the scent of the Sardinian land, the sun, and men and women who live for wine-making – some of the hidden ingredients we discover in a glass of wine which we can now sip with a new awareness. Sardinian winemakers have always worked with hardship and passion, aware of being part of a history of wine-making, which started on the island some 3500 years ago. A few kilometres from Cagliari, we take part in a journey that starts among the rows of vineyards, to learn about the different types of grapes, and ends in the cellars, the places that preserve the memory of the wine culture. Wine tasting, always accompanied by simple delicacies of the culinary tradition of Sardinia, becomes a moment to share the feelings and emotions we have just experienced among the vineyards. And we notice how the wine in this cellar has a markedly distinct flavour, partly because we are in the territory and the people who make it and they share it with us.
San Sperate is a place of unmissable culture, where art is expressed in all its forms. This peasant village offers a show of images, colours, creativity and surprising works such as the resonant stones made by the late artist Pinuccio Sciola.
As soon as we enter the town of San Sperate, we can immediately understand why this is unlike any other place. On the facades of its houses, we can admire hundreds of lively murals, modern art installations and contemporary artistic experiments that blend with the old coloured wooden doors or go undetected between the cracks of walls made of traditional mud and straw bricks. San Sperate is where art is shared and is the heritage of all, a place to have a unique sensory experience. Immersed in a fragrant orange grove, we will hear the harmonic sounds made by the hundreds of basalt and limestone monoliths that were sculpted by Pinuccio Sciola, a local artist.
The territory of the Iglesiente is one of the oldest historical areas in Sardinia. A wild landscape whose landscape is strongly man-made by the mining of the territory. Within a mining context, the Porto Flavia tunnel was built in 1924: an incredible work of engineering that we will discover together armed with torch and helmet!
At the end of the path we will decide together what to do: stop for a meal, a tour in the town of Iglesias or return to the city again.