Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy
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Approximately 6¼ Hours
Depart your ship and drive to the Barumini archaeological site along the parkway named "Carlo Felice" which connects the South with the North of the island. Visiting Barumini and its territory allows you to discover a world rich in history and tradition, providing a special atmosphere since the Old Age where it held the seat of power and was the central part of a rich land full of marvels and was fundamental to the way of communication. It is calculated that over 7,000 nuraghe exist in Sardinia; nuraghe are circular defensive towers-fortresses in the form of truncated cones built of stone and were the first evidence of advanced construction techniques for military and defense purposes.
Among the most important, is undoubtedly the Su Nuraxi Archaelogical zone discovered and brought to light in the past century. Between 1950 and 1957, excavations were conducted by the great archaeologist Giovanni Lilliu. The area consists in an impressive complex of nuraghe, built in different phases from 15th century BC and has an extended village of huts developed through the centuries around it. This wonderful place was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1997.
After the visit to Su Nuraxi, continue your tour to the old noble residence of the Zapata family, coming from Aragon (Spain). The palace was built in XVII century on the top of the village by the Zapata family, immediately after their settlement in Barumini as local Barons. Here, enjoy an exclusive typical tasting of a fancy variety of local specialties and wines in the Palazzo, overlooking Su Nuraxi. Next you will transfer back to Cagliari where you will visit the Archaeological Museum. The new National Archaeological Museum of Cagliari has four floors, including an area dedicated to Su Nuraxi Barumini and the Sanctuary of Antas.
Enjoy a scenic coach drive to Monte Urpino where you can take pictures of the city and the coast from the top, completing your Sardinian experience.
Please note: The surfaces at the archaeological sites can be rough and uneven. Wear comfortable walking shoes, bring a head cover, sunblock and sunglasses.