Alghero Introduction Walking Tour, Alghero

Alghero Introduction Walking Tour (Self Guided), Alghero

Alghero is an attractive city overlooking the sea. This unique city sits on the island of Sardinia, at the place where the Sardinian and Catalan people united. Take this self-guided tour to admire the most stunning points of interest in Alghero.
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Alghero Introduction Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Alghero Introduction Walking Tour
Guide Location: Italy » Alghero (See other walking tours in Alghero)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 13
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 Km or 1.1 Miles
Author: Dee
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Piazza Civica (Civic Square)
  • Forte della Maddalena (Maddalena Fort)
  • The Museum of Sacred Art (Il Museo Diocesano d'Arte Sacra)
  • Cathedral of Saint Virgin Mary (Cattedrale di Santa Maria Immacolata)
  • Bastioni Marco Polo
  • The Civic Theater (Teatro Civico)
  • St. Francis Church (Chiesa di San Francesco)
  • Torre di Sulis (Sulis Tower)
  • Miramare Cinema
  • St. Michael's Church (Chiesa di San Michele)
  • Palazzo Simon (Simon Palace)
  • Central Market (Mercato Centrale)
  • The Public Gardens (Giardini Pubblici)
Piazza Civica (Civic Square)

1) Piazza Civica (Civic Square) (must see)

Civic Square is located not far from the Port of Alghero. It is one of the largest and most significant squares in Alghero. Here you can find Albis Palace, which was once the governor’s palace. Civic Square is the place where Holy Roman Emperor Charles V gave his legendary speech to the people before the departure of the Sardinian military to fight the Turks.
Forte della Maddalena (Maddalena Fort)

2) Forte della Maddalena (Maddalena Fort) (must see)

Maddalena Fort is the only survivor of the original three forts built at this location. It was constructed in the 16th century and was dedicated to Mary Magdalene. The statue of Mary Magdalene stands at the fort, although it is largely unrecognizable due to destruction from the passage of time. Today Maddalena Fort is used as a venue for summer events, jazz festivals and outdoor classical music concerts.
The Museum of Sacred Art (Il Museo Diocesano d'Arte Sacra)

3) The Museum of Sacred Art (Il Museo Diocesano d'Arte Sacra) (must see)

The Museum of Sacred Art is one of the most important museums in Alghero. It is housed in the former Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church. It displays the valuable art collections of the city’s historic churches and cathedrals. Here you can see pieces that represents the cultural and spiritual life of Alghero, including wooden sculptures, paintings, statues and more.
Cathedral of Saint Virgin Mary (Cattedrale di Santa Maria Immacolata)

4) Cathedral of Saint Virgin Mary (Cattedrale di Santa Maria Immacolata) (must see)

Alghero Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral was the seat of the Bishop of Alghero from 1503 to 1986, and since 1986 has been that of the Bishop of Alghero-Bosa. Alghero was designated as a diocesan seat in 1503 but construction work on the cathedral did not begin until the 1530's. It was not opened until 1593, and not finished and consecrated until 1730. It is the burial site of the Italian born Duke of Montferrat (1762-1799) and his brother Count of Asti (1766-1802) who died on the island having caught malaria. The church was originally in Catalan-Gothic style, as can be seen in the five chapels and ambulatory of the presbytery, which also includes the octagonal base of the bell tower. The nave and the two aisles are however in Late Renaissance style. In the 19th century a Neo-Classical narthex was added to the facade, which dramatically changed its appearance.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Bastioni Marco Polo

5) Bastioni Marco Polo (must see)

Bastioni Marco Polo is located between the Tower of St. James (Torre di San Giacomo) and Bastioni Cristoforo Colombo. After significant renovation, Bastioni Marco Polo has become a popular place to visit and to enjoy the sunset. The numerous restaurants and bars in the area also attract the crowds.
The Civic Theater (Teatro Civico)

6) The Civic Theater (Teatro Civico)

The Civic Theater is located in the heart of Sardinian Square. It was built in 1829 and finished in 1862 by architect Franco Poggi. The last restoration was in 2004, and the stage and auditorium remain true to Poggi's original design. The Civic Theater is one of the most famous places in the city, as it serves as the venue for many cultural and artistic events. The interior of the theater was designed in the Neoclassical style, and the stage is surrounded by beautiful ornaments. The first performance held here was of the opera "Lucia di Lammermoor" by Gaetano Donizetti.
St. Francis Church (Chiesa di San Francesco)

7) St. Francis Church (Chiesa di San Francesco) (must see)

Dating back to 1360 and rebuilt in the late 16th century, St. Francis Church is one of the greatest examples of the Gothic-Catalan style in Sardinia. Original Catalan-Gothic parts can be seen over the high altar, the presbytery chapels and the San Sacramento Chapel. The building is made of stone and is characterized by its bell tower from the first half of the 16th century. The facade is ornamented with a lintel of classic style, in which is carved the emblem of the Franciscans surrounded by angels.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Torre di Sulis (Sulis Tower)

8) Torre di Sulis (Sulis Tower)

Sulis Tower, also known as Torre de l'Esperó Rejal, is located in Sulis Square. It was built in the 14th century by a local citizen named Vincenzo Sulis. The interior of the tower is separated into two large rooms. Sulis Tower marks the end of Alghero's Old Town.
Miramare Cinema

9) Miramare Cinema

Miramare Cinema is the most famous movie theater in Alghero. It is located in Piazza Sulis, a popular meeting place for locals, especially youth. In the lobby of the cinema, there is a cafe where you can order drinks and popcorn.
St. Michael's Church (Chiesa di San Michele)

10) St. Michael's Church (Chiesa di San Michele) (must see)

Saint Michael’s Church is one of the most important Baroque-style buildings in Sardinia. In 1503 Alghero was designated as a diocesan seat, but the church did not open until 1593. The exterior of the building is accentuated by a plinth of squared blocks. The church is recognized for its colorful and uniquely designed dome.
Palazzo Simon (Simon Palace)

11) Palazzo Simon (Simon Palace)

Simon Palace is located on Gilbert Ferret Street, close to San Giovanni Tower. It was built in the late 13th century and restored in the late 19th century. The building was designed in the Neoclassical style. Above the massive front door, which is framed by an arch, is the emblem of the Simon family, the first owners of the palace.
Central Market (Mercato Centrale)

12) Central Market (Mercato Centrale)

Central Market is located on Via Sassari, a few minutes away from Torre di San Giovanni. The market provides a unique food shopping experience. People come here to find a variety of ingredients, including meat, fish, fruit, vegetables and more.
The Public Gardens (Giardini Pubblici)

13) The Public Gardens (Giardini Pubblici)

The Public Gardens are located near Forte della Maddalena. The park is famous for its beauty. Take a leisurely stroll through the grounds and enjoy the wide variety of plants and trees. Important monuments such as the Unitat de la Lengua, the Giuseppe Manno monument and the War Memorial can all be found in the gardens.

Walking Tours in Alghero, Italy

Create Your Own Walk in Alghero

Create Your Own Walk in Alghero

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Alghero's Old Palaces

Alghero's Old Palaces

The historic city of Alghero is home to some of the most significant architectural monuments in Italy. The city's palaces are beautiful examples of the culture and architectural style of centuries past. Take this tour to explore Alghero’s narrow, picturesque streets and its legendary palaces.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 Km or 0.7 Miles