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Casa Zapata Museum Tours

Casa Zapata Museum
Housed in the 16th-century residence of the Zapata family (who once ruled southern Sardinia), this small museum complex includes the remains of an Iron Age Nuragic settlement, artefacts from the nearby Su Nuraxi archaeological site, and exhibitions about the local culture and the Zapata dynasty.
 
The Basics

This elegant whitewashed villa was built by the Aragonese Zapata family who ruled Sardinia’s Marmilla region from 1300s until the end of feudalism. In the 1990s it was discovered that the house had been built over the remains of a prehistoric village, and archeologists began excavating the site. The museum’s rooms now house many of the Nuragic artifacts that have been unearthed as well as artefacts from another nearby archaeological site (Su Nuraxi) and exhibitions about Marmilla’s history and its local traditions.

Most visitors to the museum also head to the nearby site of Su Nuraxi, another excavated Nuraghic settlement and a UNESCO World Heritage Site just a few miles away. You can join a guided tour of the museum or book a combined ticket that takes you to both of these archaeological sites.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Casa Zapata offers free guided tours of the museum every 30 minutes.
  • You can purchase tickets that combine both Barumini Nuraghic sites (Casa Zapata and Su Nuraxi) in one entry fee.
  • Many visitors to this region join tours that also include the Giovanni Lilliu Center (dedicated to the architect who discovered the ruins) or the Giara volcanic plateau, where you can spot Sardinia’s famed wild horses.
  • The Nuragic ruins at Casa Zapata are inside the villa and can be viewed from a suspended catwalk; the Su Nuraxi ruins are almost all outside, and a hat and sunblock are recommended if visiting in summer.
  • The museum complex is accessible to wheelchair users.

How to Get There

The museum is located in Barumini, on the southern half of Sardinia, almost directly north of Cagliari along highway SS197. Reaching the site via public transportation is complicated; you should drive or join a guided tour that includes transportation from Cagliari.
 
When to Get There
Casa Zapata is open all year round. Summer temperatures in Sardinia can be scorching, so the indoor portions of the museum are particularly appealing during the hottest hours in the middle of the day.
 
Su Nuraxi

Set in the countryside just outside Barumini, Su Nuraxi is the only UNESCO World Heritage Site on Sardinia and the most popular Nuraghic settlement to visit. The most remarkable feature is the tower dating from 1500 BC, which was incorporated into a fortified compound in the years after it was built. Though the earliest dwellings were erected during the Bronze age, the heart of the settlement is a cluster of adjoining stone buildings that cover most of the hilltop were built later, during the Iron Age.
Address: Piazza Papa Giovanni XXIII, Barumini VS, Sardinia 09021, Italy
Admission: Varies
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Ticket to Su Nuraxi, Casa Zapata Museum and Centre Giovanni Liliu in Barumini

Ticket to Su Nuraxi, Casa Zapata Museum and Centre Giovanni Liliu in Barumini

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Book your tickets in advance and get ready to discover three of southern Sardinia’s most extraordinary landmarks. The UNESCO-listed Su Nuraxi is an archaeological site dating to the Bronze Age, and is a remnant of Sardinia’s ancient Nuragic civilization. Get up close with the landmark before visiting the Casa Zapata Museum (both an elegant, 16th-century dwelling and itself home to ancient ruins) and the Centre Giovanni Lilliu, dedicated to the architect who uncovered Su Nuraxi.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
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The wilde horses of the Giara and the nuraghe of Barumini

The wilde horses of the Giara and the nuraghe of Barumini

We explore the pristine volcanic plateau of the Giara to meet the reknowned wild horses. We also discover Su nuraxi, the important prehistoric monument and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Giara is a vast uncontaminated basalt plateau where thousands of wild horses have lived for thousands of years, though it remains a mystery how they came to inhabit this natural landscape of outstanding beauty. We approach them through the cork oak trees and the myrtle-scented shrubs, to see them while they drink calmly in the small ponds. Below them, on the plain, we spot in the distance the monumental nuraghe of Barumini. This typical Sardinian prehistoric structure was built with stones carved out from the Giara itself. The nuraghe is made up of a system of towers, part of an old genial idea the memory of which has sadly been lost.Today we can witness an amazing prehistoric monument built by people who knew how to govern with balance over the external forces.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$108.41
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Cagliari: Barumini Unesco Site, Casa Zapata and Giara Park

Cagliari: Barumini Unesco Site, Casa Zapata and Giara Park

Go from coastal Cagliari to countryside in one day, and discover the sights of Barumini and Sardinian wild horses of Parco della Giara. With a guide, you’ll first visit Barumini’s Casa Zapata and the Su Nuraxi archaeological site, complete with Bronze Age huts. The afternoon continues with an immersion in Sardinian nature; you’ll seek out horses, wild boar, and birdlife in the heart of Parco della Giara.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$153.05
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Tour to Su Nuraxi of Barumini

Tour to Su Nuraxi of Barumini

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The beauties of Sardinia are countless: from beaches to gastronomy and the ancient traditions, but the island has a very mysterious and unique history. All over the island there are more than 7000 nuraghes, singular and peculiar buildings Who wants to discover more about this remarkable fortress, Su Nuraxi of Barumini is a must see. Then we will reach Casa Zapata, a noble ancient residence of the Sardinian-Aragonese barons, nowadays hosting a small Archaeological Museum
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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$67.71
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Cagliari Shore Excursion: Barumini Unesco Site Tour

Cagliari Shore Excursion: Barumini Unesco Site Tour

Sardinia is home to fascinating Nuragic-age ruins, but visiting these enigmatic sites on your own can be frustrating. With this shore excursion, take in the UNESCO-listed Su Nuraxi archaeological park and Casa Zapata museum with a guide to fully appreciate the history and architecture of their megalithic nuraghe. Enjoy the scenic drive from Cagliari through the countryside to Barumini and time to fully explore both sites before returning to port.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$153.05
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Nuraghe Barumini Unesco heritage

Nuraghe Barumini Unesco heritage

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Visit to the nuragic complex of Barumini, an archaeological park that includes a nuragic architecture and parts of a village. Visit to the museum complex of Casa Zapata, an important institution that includes an archaeological and ethnographic collection. The residence of another nuragic complex found under this Aragonese residence. How did we live the first civilizations in Sardinia? What were the main technologies known by protohistoric populations? We will find in this archaeological tour in the nuraghe - On Nuraxi-, one of the most important monumental architectures of the island and Unesco heritage, together with the history of the Nuragic civilization It starts from Cagliari, with time to be agreed; the tour takes place on foot in terrain with irregular surfaces. Comfortable shoes like sneakers are therefore recommended.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$83.70
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The Unesco site of Barumini and the Giara of Gesturi

The Unesco site of Barumini and the Giara of Gesturi

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A tour that combines the discovery of the Nuragic civilization and one of its most impressive architectural expressions with the discovery of a unique natural environment, rich in bushes and herbs of the Mediterranean maquis and cork oaks, inhabited by the famous wild horses, that you can admire and photograph in their natural habitat.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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$95.66
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Frequently Asked Questions

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Should I book Casa Zapata Museum tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Casa Zapata Museum can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 6 Casa Zapata Museum tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Casa Zapata Museum 2020?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Casa Zapata Museum costs USD 16.74. Guided Casa Zapata Museum tours start around USD 16.74 per person. See all 6 Casa Zapata Museum tickets and tours on Viator.
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