Cagliari cruise

Smart promenades
A sprinkling of Roman remains
The old Castello quarter

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Cagliari

The characteristic hills of the ancient village

From an MSC ship on the Mediterranean Sea, the view of Cagliari, Sardinia’s capital and main port, is striking. Crowned by its historic nucleus squeezed within a protective ring of Pisan fortifications, Cagliari’s setting is enhanced by the calm lagoons to the east and west of the city, a habitat for cranes, cormorants and flamingos.

During your excursion to the centre of Cagliari, the promenades along Via Manno are the smartest you’ll see in Sardinia. These then drop down to the noisier Piazza Yenne and Largo Carlo Felice, around which most of the shops, restaurants, banks and hotels are located. At the bottom of Cagliari, the porticos of portside Via Roma shelter more shops and bars.

Cagliari’s main attractions are the archaeological museum with its captivating collection of nuraghic statuettes, the city walls with their two Pisan towers looking down over the Mediterranean Sea and the port, and the cathedral – all within easy distance of each other. There are also a sprinkling of Roman remains, including an impressive amphitheatre, while nearby excursions include Nora, the most complete ancient site on Sardinia, and the islands of Sant’Antioco and San Pietro.

Almost all the sightseeing you’ll want to do on your holiday in Cagliari is encompassed within the old Castello quarter, on the hill overlooking the port. The most evocative entry to this is from the monumental Bastione San Remy on Piazza Costituzione, whose nineteenth-century imperialist tone is tempered by the graffiti and weeds sprouting out of its walls. It’s worth the haul up the grandiose flight of steps inside for Cagliari’s best views over the port and the lagoons beyond.

Must see places in Cagliari

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  • A VISIT TO CAGLIARI

    CITY TOUR

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    Spend half a day exploring the historical port of Cagliari, Sardinia’s capital city, on a tour that begins with a coach ride past such notable landmarks as the 18th-century Basilica of Our Lady of Bonaria and the 8-km (5-mile) stretch of uninterrupted shoreline called Poetto Beach en route to your first stop: Parco di Monte Urpinu. This lovely park not only provides city dwellers with a welcome oasis right in the middle of town, but also affords wonderful views of Cagliari old town. After this short break, you’ll move on to the city centre to begin a guided walk around the old quarter. With the 17th-century Porta Cristina forming your starting point, the walking route will include outside viewings of the city’s 13th-/14th-century cathedral and the 14th-century Elephant Tower, so named after a small marble elephant that sits on one corner. You’ll also have some time to go shopping on your own before you return to the ship. Please note: this tour includes walking on uneven ground therefore; it is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.
      • Duration
        4 h

      • Adults$59.00Price per person

      • Children$45.00Price per person

    • NORA

      CITY TOUR

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      Spend half a day enriching your Sardinian experience with a peek at its distant past by visiting the archaeological site of Nora, situated on a peninsula to the south of Cagliari. A relaxing coach ride will first take you to the former Phoenician colony and port, whose history has been traced back to around the 8th century B.C.. Having spent the 5th to the 3rd century B.C. under Carthaginian rule, Nora then grew into a key trading post and one of Sardinia’s major cities under a subsequent period of Roman rule. Excavation work carried out since 1952 has revealed theatres, temples, thermal baths, the houses of noblemen and the remains of decorative mosaics, all of which point to highly developed societies that valued their creature comforts as much as we do today. Your guided tour around the fascinating complex will provide an entertaining look at the life and times of this ancient city before you return to your ship. Please note: this excursion includes a walking tour on uneven ground and is therefore unsuitable for guests with mobility problems or using a wheelchair.
        • Duration
          4:15 h

        • Adults$62.00Price per person

        • Children$49.00Price per person

      • “THE NURAGHE” IN BARUMINI

        CULTURE AND HISTORY

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        Sardinia is home to a unique set of around 7,000 mysterious and ancient stone towers called nuraghe, which were constructed between the Bronze Age (18th century B.C.) and the 2nd century A.D.. Although little is known about the origins of these strange structures, they are thought to have served military purposes as suggested by their shape and strategic locations. After leaving the ship, a coach will take you inland to reach the small town of Barumini and its nuraghe complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your informative visit will see you first get a closer exterior look at the mysterious stone structures, followed by an inside viewing of a 3-storey tower. You’ll then return to Cagliari for a final drive-by roundup of the city’s key sights, including a brief photo stop at the inner-city Parco di Monte Urpinu for fabulous views of the Golfo degli Angeli, or Gulf of Angels, on whose shores the city lies. Please note: this excursion includes a walking tour on uneven ground and is therefore unsuitable for guests with mobility problems or using a wheelchair.
          • Duration
            5 h

          • Adults$89.00Price per person

          • Children$65.00Price per person

        • CASTEDDU & ANTICO CAFFÈ

          SOMETHING SPECIAL

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          Partly motorised and partly on foot, this appealing half-day tour begins with a coach-based look at Cagliari’s main landmarks en route to the 12th-century Castello di San Michele, from whose hilltop location you can enjoy superb views of the city below. The castle also forms the heart of the appealing quarter that you’ll then explore on foot. Narrow streets, sets of stairs and pretty little squares all go to make up the district’s delightful old-world ambience, with photo-worthy views all around. A break is scheduled at the so-called Antico Caffè dal 1855, which – as the name suggests – was founded in 1855 and was once a favourite haunt of such Nobel Prize-winning Italian poets as Salvatore Quasimodo and Grazia Deledda. Nowadays, the in-house chef continues to spoil guests with freshly prepared Sardinian treats, served in a wonderfully historical setting. Your outing then wraps up with your return to the pier and your ship. Please note: this tour includes is not suitable for guests with mobility problems or using a wheelchair.
          • No guide available

          • Snack included

          • Limited seats

          • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

            Difficulty Level
            Moderate

          • Duration
            4:30 h

          • Adults$95.00Price per person

          • Children$69.00Price per person

        • PANORAMIC OF CAGLIARI & FOLK SHOW

          SOMETHING SPECIAL

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          The sights, sounds and tastes of Cagliari and its appealing hinterland are on the itinerary of this half-day tour, beginning with a coach-based sightseeing drive around the city’s main sights. The scenic route will not only take you past such landmarks as the lovely 18th-century Basilica of Our Lady of Bonaria and the extensive length of sand known as Poetto Beach, but may even – if luck prevails – include the sight of pink flamingos. After your city tour, you will continue on to the nearby town of Maracalagonis to your next stop, the restaurant called Casa Atzeri. You’ll be welcomed by the owner with a glass of wine, then proceed to watch a demonstration of how traditional Sardinian sweets are made and finally have a chance to sample some, all to the sound of local music. With the staff dressed in typical Sardinian costumes, this experience really will get you up close and personal with local customs and traditions. The scenic return drive will provide more appealing views for you to enjoy en route to your ship. Please note: guests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made.
          • No guide available

          • Snack included

          • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

          • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

            Difficulty Level
            Moderate

          • Duration
            4:30 h

          • Adults$99.00Price per person

          • Children$69.00Price per person

        • “TERRA ANTICA”

          SOMETHING SPECIAL

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          Just a short coach ride to the north of Cagliari will see you reach the pretty little market town of Dolianova, the local centre for olive oil and wine production. The enjoyable half-day tour begins with a visit to an olive mill for a chance to acquaint yourself with the oil pressing process, followed by the Olive Museum where more olive-based information can be found. You’ll then move on to the 12th-/13th-century Dolianova Cathedral, which is dedicated to the all-compassionate Saint Pantaleon and was built in largely Pisan-Romanesque style. However, further features were later also added in Gothic style. Last up on the itinerary is a call at one of the town’s many wine cellars for a tasty treat of local sausage, cheese, olives, wine and a super-crisp, twice-baked type of Sardinian flatbread known as pane carasau. The tour then draws to a close with your return drive to Cagliari. Please note: this tour includes is not suitable for guests with mobility problems or using a wheelchair. Conservative attire recommended for visiting sites of religious importance.
          • No guide available

          • Snack included

          • Limited seats

          • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

            Difficulty Level
            Moderate

          • Duration
            5 h

          • Adults$102.00Price per person

          • Children$72.00Price per person

        The excursions in the program above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this program is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise.
        Shore excursions programs and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.

         

        Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

        Reach the port

        Port of Cagliari

        This section contains information on how to reach the port.

        Cruise Terminal

        Check point: Via Sant'Agostino

        Reach the port by

        • Car

          The SS.131 superstrada fast road between Sassari and Cagliari is Sardinia’s principal road. On approaching Cagliari, follow the signs for "Cagliari Port" (centre).
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          E-mail: info@cagliaricruiseport.it
           
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          VEHICLE DAYS RATES
          Car 9 € 70
          Suv 9 € 70
          Minivan 9 € 70
        • Train

          The port of Cagliari is well served by train and bus services from Sardinia’s other ports and main airports. If travelling from Olbia or Porto Torres, you can reach Cagliari by either bus or train. From Arbatax or Alghero, there is a bus service only. The buses stop in “Piazza Matteotti”, just a short walk from the port gate.
          Train
        • Plane

          Cagliari Elmas is Sardinia’s main airport, with regular flights to and from most major Italian cities, and Rome and Milan in particular. The airport is around 8 km from the port and the journey takes about 15 minutes by taxi. A bus service operated by the ARST bus company is also available, with buses running approximately every 30 minutes. The bus stops in “Piazza Matteotti”, just a short walk from the port gate.
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        Italy

        History, gastronomy and fashion
        History, gastronomy and fashion

        A cruise to Italy is an emotional roller coaster. Rome is a tremendous city quite unlike any other, and in terms of historical sights outstrips everywhere else in the country by some way.
         
        Liguria, the small coastal province along the north-west coast, has long been known as the “Italian Riviera” and is accordingly crowded with sun-seekers for much of the summer.
        In Veneto the main focus of interest is, of course, Venice: a unique city, and every bit as beautiful as its reputation would suggest. Tuscany in central Italy represents perhaps the most commonly perceived image of the country, with its classic rolling countryside and the art-packed towns of Florence and Pisa.

        The south proper begins with the region of Campania. Its capital, Naples, is a unique, unforgettable city, the spiritual heart of the Italian south. Puglia, the “heel” of Italy, has underrated pleasures, too, notably the landscape of its Gargano peninsula and the souk-like qualities of its capital, Bari.

        As for Sicily, the island is really a place apart, with a wide mixture of attractions ranging from some of the finest preserved Hellenistic treasures in Europe, to a couple of Italy’s most appealing Mediterranean beach resorts in Taormina and Cefalù, not to mention some gorgeous upland scenery.