Ancient and Modern Cagliari: Tuvixeddu – the ruins itinerary

A fascinating historical-archaeological tour between ancient and modern times in the largest Punic necropolis in the Mediterranean that lets you discover the multiple transformations of the urban landscape up to the present day.

The necropolis of Tuvixeddu is the largest Punic necropolis still existing in the Mediterranean. It extends within the city of Cagliari on the entire hill of the same name, and lies between the districts of Sant’Avendrace and Is Maglias. The archaeological area is very large, originally covering an area of about 80 hectares that reached as far as the Santa Gilla lagoon, which it overlooks today.

The name Tuvixeddu means ‘hill with small holes’, from the Sardinian word tuvu ‘cavity’, ‘void’ due to the presence of the numerous tombs dug into the limestone rock.

In later centuries, the necropolis was further extended on the slopes of the hill, where the Romans excavated chamber, incineration and pit tombs. There are also monumental tombs belonging to famous people.
In modern centuries, and in particular throughout the 19th century, the area was used for industrial and residential purposes. The most important evidence is provided by the system of bourgeois villas that surround the Tuvixeddu hill and the necropolis, such as the beautiful Art Nouveau Villa Mulas dating from the early 20th century.

With our tour we retrace the classic historical-archaeological path of the necropolis and of the subsequent developments and reuses of the modern and contemporary period up to the present day.

The itinerary lasts about 1 hour and 30 mins.

The difficulty of the itinerary is medium-low considering a few steps and slight inclines.
However, comfortable clothing and shoes are recommended.
Groups are deliberately small to ensure the quality of the experience and the safety of all participants.

The tour takes place between indoor and outdoor environments where safe distances can be maintained.
It is also required for every participant:

  • to wear an FFp2 protective mask
  • to maintain a minimum safety distance of one metre
  • to carry their own hand sanitiser.

Reservation is required, without which the tour is not guaranteed.
To book a tour please indicate your full name, the number of participants and the telephone number of a contact person.
Reservations can be made up to 6 p.m. on the day before the tour.

Maximum punctuality is required in respect of all participants.

If you would like to book for a private group or are interested in a tailor-made experience, please do not hesitate to contact me at

Cancellation terms provide a full refund for any tour if this takes place at least 5 days before the scheduled start or within 24 hours of purchase. If cancellation occurs within 3 days prior to the event you are entitled to a 50% refund, otherwise there is no refund.

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Ancient and Modern Cagliari: Tuvixeddu – the ruins itinerary



€10.00 under 12 years old
Free under 6 years old

Tuvixeddu walking tours take place all year long from Monday to Sunday upon request, or consult the calendar to check the already active dates.

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