Castello di Acquafredda
Castello di Acquafredda
4.5
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
The medieval fortress of Acquafredda, which controlled the access to the mining town of Villa di Chiesa, nowadays Iglesias, was built upon a volcanic cone, about 256 m high. In December 1993 the site was found Natural Monument, called “Domo Andesitico of Acquafredda”. Structurally the castle is set out on three defensive levels: suburb, tower cistern, donjon. The pisan count Ugolino Della Gherardesca has been the most famous owner of the Castle of Acquafredda. His events became well-known thanks to the verses of Dante Alighieri who includes him in the traitors' circle of “Divine Comedy”: here he nibbles the skull of the man who put him in prison, the archbishop Ruggeri Degli Ubaldini. "His mouth uplifted from the grim repast, that sinner..." (Hell, chant XXXIII°).
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anamaya356
Bulgaria58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
It's very nice activity for about couple of hours. Don't forget to stop by the little kiosk (that sells the tickets) and buy some of the local wines. Great activity BUT be extra vigilant if you climb up when there are strong winds.
Written 6 April 2022
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Written 11 April 2022
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cinzia p
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
A suggestive place easily accessible, and very helpful staff. A place where you can relive history in an exciting way or just walk in nature. The events are always very interesting and engaging.
Written 5 July 2021
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Written 24 July 2021
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HodgesPW
Sheffield, UK35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Cheap, nice walk up, not too strenuous and really interesting. Friendly man in the ticket office. Wasn't busy at all, but it was February!
Written 24 February 2020
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Written 27 March 2020
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David B
Utrecht, The Netherlands179 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Couples
We visited the Castello on a rainy day and even then loved it. After arriving there by car we got some information at the ticket office and started our climb to the top. On the way there you pass the two other layers of the castle, very interesting, there are signs in different languages and the ticket office gives you the information also on paper. After the second stage you have a nice climb over some good ladders to the top. We could nog visit the keep, but we could go to the other guard tower and had a amazing view of the surroundings and could even see a glimpse of Cagliari. The total time for the climb and coming back to our car was 1 hour. We had a great time visiting the Castello.
Written 7 September 2018
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Bruzhania
Vilnius, Lithuania112 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Couples
We visited the castle (or, more specifically, what is left of it) in August and enjoyed it immensely. There were no tourists around, so we had the whole hill to ourselves. The information plaques were sufficient to give you the idea of what was where in the Middle Ages and we spent almost two hours climbing, taking pictures (the views are really nice) and enjoying the ruins :) Take a lot of water if you climb there during the daytime in August :)
Written 11 September 2013
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Brun066
Florence, Italy13,213 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2012 • Friends
For those coming from the Italian mainland, Sardinia seems a bit mysterious in its landscape, because the unusual geology of the island. The Castle of Acquafredda is no exception. It stands on a hill of volcanic origin, but whose lava has poured in very ancient times (over 25 million years ago). The scientific name for this troubling shape is "andesite dome".
The castle that stands on the top (and which is reached by a easy hiking path) contributes to the charm. It was founded by the city of Pisa, which in the Middle Ages owned Sardinia. More precisely, it belonged to the family Gherardesca, that of Count Ugolino, made famous by Dante in the Divine Comedy, Inferno, Canto XXXIII.
A note unpleasant: a huge building at the base of the cliff with the function - I guess - of visitor's center, seems over-sized with respect to tourist needs; and in any case when we visited the site it was completely closed and unused.
Written 21 June 2013
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Federica C
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Closure to 2023
We went on the last day of the year . Beautiful weather in a quiet countryside. Scenic place with beautiful views.
Written 1 January 2024
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Written 30 March 2024
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MarcusHurley
Calne, UK10,384 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
The castle is maybe 40 minutes from Cagliari and is sign posted once close. There is a good sized and shaded car park on site.

The castle is on a steep, conical mountain and dates to the thirteenth century, built to control access to the local silver and lead mines. It was owned by Pisa and then Aragon before passing in to disuse. The guy in the ticket office was really helpful and explained some background and safety tips before we started the climb. It was 260m through dense pine forest to the summit and it was sweaty work! The pictures don't cover the birdsong or the scent of pine trees but take it from me, it was fantastic, especially as we only saw one other visitor in the 2 hours we were there.

The castle was split into three lines of defence as you climbed the hill and the path was a mixture of stone steps and wooden walkways. At the summit we were told the safety barrier was advisory so, working on my usual principle of I know best, we crossed it to carry on up to the keep. There were only a few bits of wall left but it gave an idea of the strength of the place and also the skill and effort that went in to building it! Originally the only access to the keep was a bridge built across the hillside from the guard tower but luckily they now have far more sensible steps!

The climb up and down, although hard work, was really lovely and we saw lots of lizards and birds although none of the frogs or snakes that inhabit the hillside. There were some huge mushrooms though, the size of tea plates! Quite a bargain at €4 each. The entrance fee, not the mushrooms.
Written 17 June 2023
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Written 1 July 2023
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bebsaurus_13
Paris, France817 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
We stopped at the castello on our way from Cagliari to Oristano and the short detour was well worth it.

There is a large picnic area near the car park where you can quietly have lunch amongst the eucalyptus trees before attacking the hill.

Entry is 5 euros and comes with a good explanation of what you’ll see as you climb up to the fortress.

The walk is fairly simple but does require a certain fitness, especially on hot days and decent shoes. We were told 45 minutes up, but that was pretty generous.

The views are amazing at each stop and the ruins are really interesting. While they are quite degraded, you can still imagine what it would have been like.

There is a lot of wildlife as well on the route, great for kids !
Written 12 September 2022
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Written 30 October 2022
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Visitor
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Family
Great place to visit if you want to see a slightly different side of Sardinia and learn a bit of its history.
The place is very nice and the panorama is amazing (especially on a sunny day); additionally, it is well managed and the tour guides are really caring and passionate about keeping it in shape!
You also get a discount to visit some other museums/places in the same area, which is a great initiative since it allows you to explore a part of the island that is much less touristic.
Written 20 April 2022
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Written 7 May 2022
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