Cagliari is the capital city of the island of Sardinia and has a history stretching back centuries. The buildings reflect the many different civilisations which have lived here and the city is a joy for tourists interested in archaeology and history. The uniqueness of the Sardinian culture is present throughout the city from its language to its cuisine and Cagliari offers a unique experience when compared with the rest of mainland Italy. Hiring a car in Cagliari offers visitors the chance to explore not only the city's many sites but also the rest of Sardinia too.
One of the most iconic sites in the city is the old medieval portion of the city; often called Il Castello overlooks the city and gives great views of the waterfront. Many of the buildings here are Pisan in style such as the two military guard towers the Torre di San Pancrazio and the Torre dell'Elefante. The towers were designed to protect the city against invaders in the 14th century. Elsewhere in the old town, the Cathedral regularly draws visitors for its Neo-Gothic exterior following a renovation while the interior displays art and sculpture which is much older. As Cagliari has such a rich and varied history, a trip to the city is not complete before visiting the impressive Museo Archeologico Nazionale, the archaeological museum which houses thousands of exhibits which span millennia. The archaeology museum is part of the wider Citadel of Museums complex which contains a number of different types of museums and galleries, including a botanical garden so there is something to suit all tastes. Rent a car in Cagliari to be able to access all of the city's areas including the Poetto Beach area which, as the longest beach in Italy, is where many locals and tourists alike unwind or else venture further into Sardinia and explore the unique culture of the island.
Opening hours: Mo-Su 0800-2400
Address: Elmas Airport,
Opening hours: Mo-Fr 0830-1930, Sa-0830-1300 1600-1930, Su 0900-1300 1600-1930
Address: Piazza Matteotti 8,