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  • 1 Night-time boat trip Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    I - Stromboli

    The night-time sight of Stromboli's magnificent natural firework display will leave an indelible impression (during the day the eruptions do not create such a stark contrast). Indeed, after dark is perhaps the best time to appreciate the different as..

  • 2 The Mosaics inside the Duomo Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    P.za Vittorio-Emanuele I - 09037 Monreale

    The mosaics are the work of Venetian and Sicilian masters (12C and 13C). They tell the story of the divine plan of universal salvation, from the creation of the world and of man up to the intervention of God (central nave). The coming of Christ incar..

  • 3 Sala della Piccola Caccia Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    strada Provinciale 15 I - 94015 Piazza-Armerina

    In this room in the Villa Romana del Casale, the Room of the Small Hunt, five paintings illustrate the significant moments of a hunt. In an attempt to win favour with Diana, goddess of hunting, who is depicted on a column in the centre of the second ..

  • 4 Ambulacro della Grande Caccia Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    strada Provinciale 15 I - 94015 Piazza-Armerina

    This immense gallery in the Villa Romana del Casale, the Corridor of the Great Hunting Scene, contains fine mosaics. On the ground an astounding hunting scene depicts panthers, lions, antelopes, boars, ostriches, camels and elephants being captured a..

  • 5 Triclinium Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    strada Provinciale 15 I - 94015 Piazza-Armerina

    Three semicircular exhedras open onto a large, square central hall. The central part is decorated with mosaics depicting the Twelve Labours of Hercules, for example the Hydra of Lerna, with Hercules depicted cutting off its heads. At the centre of th..

  • 6 Villa of the Papyruses Rooms Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Piazza Museo Nazionale 19 19 I - Napoli

    Several rooms of the National Archaeological Museum are devoted to this villa discovered in Herculanum in the 18C. The Papyrus Room (n o 114) contains photographs of some of the 800 papyruses that were housed in the library. The bronze statues that a..

  • 7 Rooms of the Temple of Isis Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Piazza Museo Nazionale 19 19 I - Napoli

    These rooms of the National Archaeological Museum house objects and paintings from the temple discovered at Pompeii. The focus is on three spaces, partially reconstructed here: the portico, the ekklesiasterion (where Isis's followers would gather) an..

  • 8 Fresco Rooms Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Piazza Museo Nazionale 19 19 I - Napoli

    These rooms of the National Archaeological Museum house exquisite frescoes from Pompeii, Herculanum and Stabies. The diversity of styles and colours is testimony to the incredible richness of Roman decoration. There are splendid paintings inspired by..

  • 9 Terrazza Umberto I Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    v.le Regina-Elena 13 I - 09124 Cagliari

    The Terrazza Umberto I offers exceptional views of the town and the Gulf of Angels. You reach it via the grand stairs of the Bastione di St Remy, completed in 1902, which incorporates the former bastions built by the Spanish in the second half of the..

  • 10 Basilica di San Saturno (or Saturnino) Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    P.za San-Cosimo I - 09124 Cagliari

    The basilica dates from the 6C, making it the region's first example of early Christian architecture. It was built on the site of the Martyrium of Saturno, who was an inhabitant of Cagliari, and the central body of the original edifice remains: four ..

  • 11 Santuario and Basilica di Nostra Signora di Bonaria Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    P.za Bonaria I - 09124 Cagliari

    The Basilica of Our Lady of Bonaria, patron saint of seafarers, is one of the symbolic spots of Cagliari. At the top of a staircase, the former sanctuary (1324-1326, reworked in the 16C) stands next to a pre-Roman and Roman necropolis. Don't miss the..

  • 12 Punta Molentis Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    I - 09049 Punta-Molentis

    Film crews come to Punta Molentis to film scenes supposedly taking place in the Caribbean! This dream beach, the best of the bunch, boasts sand and pebbles, exotic coral reefs and sensational waters.

  • 13 Pranu Muttedu Archaeological Park Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    SP 23 I - Pranu-Muttedu

    The Parco Archeologico di Pranu Muttedu is located in the heart of a magnificent copse of cork oaks. The megalithic tombs and menhirs (there are some 50 in total, in pairs, aligned or on the tombs) of this Italian Stonehenge form a superb whole. Obje..

  • 14 Venus Pool(Piscina di Venere) Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    I - 1024 Turusele

    The coast of the Golfo di Orosei is at its most impressive between Cala Sisine and Cala Biriola. Piscine di Venere beach is spectacular with its azure waters from which white rocks poke out.

  • 15 Walk along the city walls Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    I - 07041 Alghero

    Between the Torre di Sulis in the south and the Porta a Mare in the north, the ramparts afford a superb panorama over Capo Caccia and the horizon. The fully pedestrianised promenade is particularly pleasant at dusk. At the foot of the ramparts lie th..

  • 16 La Pelosa Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    I - 07040 Rocca-Ruja

    With its long white sand beach enclosed to the north by the Torre della Pelosa (17C), La Pelosa is a genuinely natural oasis. It is the most famous - and busiest - of Stintino's beaches and with good reason: views over Isola Piana and Isola dell'Asin..

  • 17 La Pelosetta Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    I - Le Vele

    This rocky beach, enclosed to the north by Capo Falcone, has an extraordinary location opposite the little Isolotto della Pelosa, which is reached by a ford surrounded by an absolutely magnificent sea. This popular destination has all facilities (bar..

  • 18 The beaches of the Isola dell'Asinara Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    I - 07046 Cala-d'Oliva

    Asinar Island's beaches are truly fabulous, in particular Cala d'Arena, the furthest north on the island and one of the most beautiful thanks to its white sand and 16C tower; Cala Sabina in the northeast, at the foot of the granite headland of Punta ..

  • 19 Punta is Arutas Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    I - Punta-is-Arutas

    This relatively quiet beach is covered with little white, pink and pale green grains of quartz that look like pearls. In winter, surfers come here for the big waves. The seabed, which gets deep very suddenly, is home to a multitude of little schools ..

  • 20 Costa Verde Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    I - Pistis

    The path between Capo Frasca and Capo Pecora (47km) offers fabulous walks along this wild and steep coast, with a few forays into the foothills of Monte Arcuentu (785m) to the east, with its volcanic relief. A series of sandy beaches, fringed with du..

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