Museo Archeologico Nazionale#6 in Best Things To Do in Sardinia
The Museo Archeologico Nazionale tells a chronological history of the island through art and artifacts. Here, you'll see bronze figurines, or bronzetti, that date back to 1800 B.C., towering sandstone sculptures (referred to as the Giganti di Mont'e Prama) created by the Nuragic civilization, Roman-era busts, and more. Although this museum is one of five establishments grouped together at the Cittadella dei Musei, experts say if you're short on time, the Museo Archeologico Nazionale is the one to visit.
Visitors to the museum say that the exhibits on the mysterious Nuragic culture are particularly interesting, and they warn that most – but not all – of the exhibit descriptions are translated into English.
The Museo Archeologico Nazionale is located on the Piazza dell'Arsenale in southern Sardinia's Cagliari (the island's capital), and it's open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission to the museum costs 7 euros (about $8.25). For more information, visit the museum's website.
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Reaching Cala Mariolu, a pebble beach segmented by large limestone rocks on Sardinia's east coast, takes some effort – but most travelers say the picturesque spot is worth the exertion. The waters that lap the shore are every shade of blue, and the tucked-away spot feels like a hidden paradise.
Although most visitors say that this beach is truly magnificent, some say that the sheer number of beachgoers can detract from its tranquility. Several visitors recommend renting snorkeling equipment to use at a nearby, swimmable cove.
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