In Sardinia there are many monuments that you can find from the North to South of the Island, both in a rural and in an urban environment.
The must see attractions are: the megalithic structures as The Temple-Altar in Monte d’Accoddi, an archaeological site in northern Sardinia, or Dolmen and Menhir, Domus de Janas (the small
burial caves), Nuraghi, temples, shrines and giant tombs, all these findings date back to the Prenuragic and Nuragic Age.
Cagliari, Nora, Sant’Antioco, Tharros and Porto Torres are some of the places where you can find the remains of Baths, Aqueducts, Bridges, Theaters and Amphitheaters from the Roman period. There are also numerous Christian and Byzantine churches with a cruciform domed, Romanesque churches, the Gothic-Italian, Catalan-Gothic, Mannerist, Baroque and late Baroque. Neoclassical and those belonging to the Second World War period.
You can also visit the ruins of some historic castles and picturesque coastal towers.
As well as the monuments, there are also many museums to visit but we will list only the main ones; remember to check the opening times before to travelling to reach them, especially during the low season.
In Cagliari, the National Archaeological Museum, the Cathedral Museum and the Old Town Hall.
In San Sperate, is a village museum that has existed since 1968, do not miss a visit to the open-air museum: sculptures, monuments and murals that adorn the entire village.
In Buggerru the Miner’s Museum: the entire village is actually rich in history and there is a lot of evidence about the mining life of Sardinia, starting from the square in honor of the fallen heroes of the massacre in 1904 (first documented union trade revolt organized by miners) which houses the statue of the famous Sardinian sculptor: Pinuccio Sciola.
In Iglesias, the Museum of Mining.
In Narcao, the Rosas mine, a village museum.
In Sant’Antioco the ethnographic museum “Su magasinu de su binu” (the storage of the wine), full of objects that testify to the habits and customs of the island, but especially the keeper of the arduous techniques of the byssus, produced by marine bivalve molluscs.
In Santadi the museum “Sa domu antiga”, a piece of history, everyday life and traditions of Sulcis.
In Arbus the “Museum of the Sardinian knife”.
In Barumini the convention center Casa Zapata, to know the history of a corner of Sardinia, made famous by Su Nuraxi, classified by Unesco world heritage.
In Guspini the Museum of Montevecchio, a unique example in the world for the mining archaeology.
A museum of the territory in Lunamatrona Sa Corona Arrubia, to learn about nature and the megalithic monuments of the Giara in Siddi, with a curious trip in a chairlift.
In Aritzo the Spanish Prison “Sa Bovida” for those who are fans of tales of magic, devils, witches, to revive within the walls of the beautiful premises of the old Spanish prisons.
In Dorgali, the civic museum Salvatore Fancello, a great Sardinian artist of the early twentieth century and the museum of Wildlife Seal, among the rarest mammal in the world, once inhabitant of
the Grotta del Bue Marino.
In Mamoiada “Museum of Mediterranean masks” to deepen the cultural history of Sardinia and see the oldest form of “Mamuthone”.
In Nuoro, the MAN, Art Museum of the Province of Nuoro, the National Archaeological Museum, The Museum Ciusa (dedicated to Francesco Ciusa, considered the founder of modern sculpture in Sardinia) and the museum of Grazia Deledda, her birthplace (Sardinian writer and Nobel Prize for Literature in 1926).
In Orani the Nivola Museum, which houses the works of the famous sculptor.
A must in Orgosolo, village art museum, a symbol of the “barbaricino” world, where the murals tell the story of the community with over one hundred and fifty works, created since the sixties.
In Seui the Spanish Prison.
In Ulassai the Contemporary Open Air Art Museum, to know the artist Maria Lai, who gives with her work voice to all villages of Sardinia.
In Berchidda the Wine Museum.
In La Maddalena Caprera the Garibaldi’s museum, one of the most famous in Sardinia, where through buildings and relics you can learn more about Giuseppe Garibaldi.
In Luras the Galluras Museum, “Museum femina accabadoras” to know the country life in Gallura and see the famous and macabre hammer used by “sas accabadoras”, women in charge of taking life to people at deathbed, until the middle of last century.
In Olbia, the Archaeological Museum. In Bidonì the museum of costume and traditional flax.
In Cabras the archaeological museum.
In Ghilarza, the Gramsci house, where Antonio Gramsci lived; he was one of the most important political and intellectual of the twentieth century.
In Tinnura visit the charming little squares, adorned with statues of the famous Sardinian artists, with a national and international reputation, and do not miss the fascinating murals, which represent scenes of everyday life of the territory. The village is also famous for the creation of baskets in vegetable fiber, activities from which seems to derive the name of the place. (Tinnias are the reeds of the river).
In Laconi the Museum of prehistoric statuary in Sardinia, the only one in Sardinia, because it hosts, in an house designed by Gaetano Cima, many monoliths from the Sardinian prehistory.
In Milis, the Museum of Sardinian jewelry and costume.
In Morgongiori the living museum of textile art.
In Oristano, Museum Antiquarium Arborense, the largest private collection if archaeological finds of Sardinia. The museum also has an exhibition area for the blind and visually impaired.
In Pau the Museum of obsidian, which exhibits the works of obsidian (volcanic glass) of Karmine Piras, the most noted sculptor and brothers Atzori from Oristano.
In Samugheo the Unique Regional Museum of Sardinian textile arts.
In Alghero the archaeological and historical Sella & Mosca (situated in wine estates Sella and Mosca includes an archaeological section and a section dedicated to the famous company) and the Museum of Natural Mare Nostrum Aquarium, in the city centre, famous in Italy because it hosts inside some specimens of stone fish.
In Burgos, the Museum of Sardinian castles. In Castelsardo, Museum of the Mediterranean weaving, housed in a fortress of XII century, is dedicated to handmade products obtained by processing vegetable fibers.
In Perfugas, the “Diocesan Museum Sacristia Santa Maria degli Angeli”, where you can admire one of the most complete and intact sixteenth century altarpieces from the island.
In Pozzomaggiore, the Horse Museum to understand the importance of the horse in the Sardinian culture.
In Sassari the Ethnographic museum Francesco Bande, famous accordion from Bultei; the National Museum G.A. Sanna, which houses archaeological and artistic collections and the Historical Museum of the Sassari Brigade.
In Siligo, Museum Maria Carta, famous interpreter of popular music of Sardinia.
In Torralba the “Museum of the Valley of LogudoroMeilogu’s nuraghi”, to learn about the important nuraghe of Santu Antine in Torralba.