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Cagliari: Su Nuraxi Barumini & Giara Wild Half-Day Tour

1. Cagliari: Su Nuraxi Barumini & Giara Wild Half-Day Tour

Discover the nuraghe of Sardinia on a 4-hour tour of the Su Nuraxi di Barumini, the best example of a unique defence system that represented an exceptional response to political and social conditions, and an innovative use of the materials and techniques available to a prehistoric island. Recognized by UNESCO for its historical significance, the site provides a great introduction to the origins of Sardinian culture. During the tour, you will explore the vast megalithic bulk deep inside many tholos of incomparable beauty. Explore the massive central tower, built from large dressed stones without the use of mortar. Consisting of 3 chambers, one upon the other, they are connected by a spiral staircase. Learn about the construction of this remarkable site, including the massive stone curtain wall that linked 4 subsidiary towers. Time permitting, it will also be possible to enjoy a typical Sardinian lunch in one of the nearby restaurants. Alternatively, bring a picnic to enjoy in the Giara of Gesturi, where the small wild horses of Sardinia run free.

From Cagliari: Barumini Su Nuraxi Guided Tour

2. From Cagliari: Barumini Su Nuraxi Guided Tour

Start your tour with pick up from your hotel in Cagliari and visit to the Nuragic complex of Barumini, an archaeological park that includes Nuragic architecture and parts of a nuraghe village. Visit the museum complex of Casa Zapata, an important institution, that includes an archaeological and ethnographic collection.   Continue on to discover the remains of another Nuragic complex found under this Aragonese residence. Learn about how the first civilizations on Sardinia lived and discover the main technologies known to protohistoric populations.   Explore the nuraghe Su Nuraxi, one of the most important monumental works of architecture on the island and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  

From Cagliari: Full-Day Tour of Prehistoric Sardinian

3. From Cagliari: Full-Day Tour of Prehistoric Sardinian

On this full-day tour, you will go through the wonderful panoramic road from Chia to Teulada (departing from Chia), traveled by the ancient Romans and Carthaginian population, passing through little towns like Teulada and Santadi e Villaperuccio. The transfer to the archaeological site will take around 80 minutes. There, you will visit a prehistoric ancient necropolis of about 2 kilometers in area. The site is made up of two areas: the first one includes the ancient graves called the Domus de Janas (House of the Fairies), while the second one is called Su Congianu. There are more than 40 tombs of various shapes and sizes. Two of the domus are especially important as they contain Neolithic religious symbols. One has a bull symbol sculpted on the entrance wall, as well as other symbols including the eyes and breasts of the goddess mother and a false door representing the passage to the other world. The other tomb has horns of various shapes, referring to the cult of the bull-god, sculpted into the ceiling and on the steps leading to the entrance of the domus. The pottery found during excavations bear witness to the long use of the necropolis, in the final Neolithic and the recent Aeneolithic up to the Early Bronze Age. Afterwards, discover the amazing Giant Tomb. This name was given by the locals and archaeologists to a type of Sardinian megalithic gallery grave built during the Bronze Age by the Nuragic civilization. They were collective tombs and can be found throughout Sardinia, with 800 being discovered there. Before driving to the nuraghe, have a break to taste some of the best Sardinian food. You will try a typical Sardinian meal (optional). The nuraghe is the main type of ancient megalithic edifice found in Sardinia, developed during the Nuragic Age between 1900 and 730 B.C. Today, it has come to be the symbol of Sardinia and its distinctive culture, the Nuragic civilization. More than 7000 nuraghes have been found, though archeologists believe that originally there were more than 10,000.

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Excellent hal-day trip to learn about ancient history of Sardegna

The tour was very well organized, and we enjoyed it very much. We were able to hear about brief overview and history about Sardegna on the way to Su Nuraxi , which gave us a good view of the land we're travelling. At the site, we were amazed by the complexity structure of the Nuraghe, as well as the level of civilization. It was certainly impressive, and the guidance given by the guide helped us to understand the background of the history as well.

Franco was an excellent guide. Very knowledgeable of the area. He went above and beyond to assist us with questions about the area even after our tour. Very conscientious of our time. Did not have us wait in long lines but knew how to take advantage of the site to use our time wisely. Highly recommend.

Absolutely awesome tour! Highly recommend it! Valerio and Isabella are the best! :) They made the trip unforgettable- for sure will come back to Sardinia and book more trips with you :)

Visit to the nuraghe and to the museum near the archaeological structure with a highly trained professional guide. All great.

Amazing tour, tour guides were incredible and very informative