The cosmopolitan city of Cagliari has something to offer everyone, from its medieval district of Il Castello to the five-mile beach of Poetto in the east. Culture lovers can enjoy days spent in museums, art galleries and churches; in particular the 13th-century Cathedral of Santa Maria with its square-based bell tower and enchanting crypt filled with interesting artwork.
Those looking for panoramic views won't be disappointed with the Elephant Tower (Torre dell'Elefante). Built in 1307 and one of two towers guarding the ancient walls of the Il Castello district, visitors can climb the wooden steps to enjoy views over the city. Cagliari also caters for nature lovers, who can stroll through the city's botanical garden; founded in 1865 and containing over 500 species of tropical plants.
Cathedral of Santa Maria
Opening hours: Daily
Prices: Entrance free
Opening hours: Daily 10am - 7pm
*Prices and opening hours may be subject to change.