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How to Spend 2 Days in Cagliari

How to Spend 2 Days in Cagliari

You can find a little something for everyone with two days in Cagliari: history buffs will love the medieval old town and nearby archaeological sites, foodies can savor the island’s cuisine, and outdoor enthusiasts can indulge in kayaking, hiking, or sailing adventures. Here are your options for a crowd-pleasing two days in Cagliari.

Day 1: Cagliari: History and Nature

**Morning:**Cagliari’s old town is one of the most storied and fascinating on the island of Sardinia, so delve into its history and architecture with a guided walking tour, or zip from place to place on wheels by exploring via Segway, Fiat 500, or tuk-tuk.

**Afternoon:**From the historic center, move on to Cagliari’s coastline. Nature lovers can admire the flamingos and other waterfowl at the peaceful Molentargius wetlands by touring the park on foot, Segway, or by tuk-tuk. Sun worshippers can instead spend a few hours basking on the lively Poetto beach, cool drink in hand.

**Night:**It’s time to dine, either at the home of a local, who has prepared a traditional Sardinian meal, or at a cooking class with an instructor who can teach you how to make classic dishes like potato and cheese ravioli (culurgionis) and the unique bread of Sardinia.  

Day 2: A Day of Adventure

**Morning:**In addition to its historic cities, Sardinia also offers opportunities for outdoor adventure. Set off to kayak and hike at Devil’s Saddle, explore the Cave of Neptune sea grotto, sail across the Gulf of Cagliari by boat, or discover the best beaches on a day trip from Cagliari.

**Afternoon:**Take a deeper dive into the island’s history and culture by opting for an archaeological tour to the Phoenician ruins of Nora or the neolithic Su Nuraxi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Alternatively, visit the mountain villages of Mamoiada and Orgosolo or Carloforte on San Pietro island.

**Night:**Dedicate the evening to the island’s food and wine. Join a winery tour to taste Sardinian reds and whites paired with traditional specialties like sheep cheese and cured meats, or meet a local family for the unique experience of cooking and dining together in their home.

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SU NURAXI BARUMINI Unesco World Heritage Site

SU NURAXI BARUMINI Unesco World Heritage Site

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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.
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  • 3 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$98.23
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Cagliari: Day Trip to Cave of Neptune

Cagliari: Day Trip to Cave of Neptune

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Go underground and explore the Cave of Neptune with this day trip tour from Cagliari. Leave the driving to your guide and soak up the views of the Sardinian countryside as you travel to the cliffside of Capo Caccia. Climb down the 660 steps of Cabirol’s stairs to reach the caves for a walking tour. This itinerary can also include a boat tour.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$391.71
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Cagliari City Tour - Minivan Sightseeing and Walking

Cagliari City Tour - Minivan Sightseeing and Walking

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Explore the capital of the island of Sardinia during this 4-hour minivan sightseeing and walking tour of Cagliari. Learn about this ancient city's history as well as its modern treasures.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$122.79
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Cagliari: San Pietro Island and Carloforte Tour from Chia

Cagliari: San Pietro Island and Carloforte Tour from Chia

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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.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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San Sperate: Mural Paintings Town

San Sperate: Mural Paintings Town

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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.
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  • 3 hours
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Dining experience at a local's home in Cagliari with show cooking

Dining experience at a local's home in Cagliari with show cooking

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Get out of the touristy restaurants and into a local’s home on this intimate experience with an Italian “cesarina.” Help prepare traditional dishes as you learn the secrets of Cagliari cooking. Enjoy a four-course meal with wines, dessert, and espresso. Leave with a fully belly plus some schwag: an apron and shopping bag are yours to keep.  
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Cooking and eating with a Sardinian family

Cooking and eating with a Sardinian family

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Immerse yourself in Italian cuisine at the “Campidanese” court house home of a Sardinian family and learn how to prepare some of the island’s traditional dishes during this private dining experience. Watch as the landlady prepares Sardinian ravioli, enjoy a relaxing Aperitif in the garden, and dine as part of the family. Unlike other cooking classes, with this experience you can leave the cookery to the pros.
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  • 3 hours
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