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The Archeological Ruins of Nora

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From Cagliari: Nora Ruins and Pula Guided Tour

1. From Cagliari: Nora Ruins and Pula Guided Tour

The tour will start by your location, meeting your personal driving guide; After few minutes we'll cross the bridge on the highway SS 195 "Sulcitana" starting to see the beautiful pink flamingos in the middle of the pondo of Santa Gilla! In 30 minutes arrive in Pula and then parking in front of the beautiful beach of Nora, once upon a time, necropolis of the phoeinician city. In few minutes the tour will start, crossing the gates of the amazing archaeologycal site of Nora, surrounded by ruins of temples, baths, theater and mosaics. At the end of the tour, small stop in Pula to discover the nice square and make some shopping Return to Cagliari

Sardinia: Private Nora Archaeological Ruins Tour w/ Transfer

2. Sardinia: Private Nora Archaeological Ruins Tour w/ Transfer

Nora is among the best preserved Roman cities in Sardinia. It rises above the remains of an ancient Phoenician-Punic settlement in a context of immense natural charm, reflecting itself in the waters of the small peninsula of Capo di Pula. The Roman mosaics still visible, in some of the most significant buildings are worthy the all visit, but what makes the tour memorable are also the well-preserved Roman theater, the remains of the Roman forum and the numerous Roman thermal baths. A few meters from the archaeological area is the church of Sant’Efisio, patron martyr of the city of Cagliari, to whom one of the most important festivals in Sardinia is dedicated. We will also visit this sacred place and tell the details of the wonderful celebration. We will also dedicate some time to describe the natural characteristics of the Nora lagoon, which has always been of considerable naturalistic importance with the center for the recovery of sea turtles and the pink flamingos.

Cagliari: Nora Archaeological Site Private Experience

3. Cagliari: Nora Archaeological Site Private Experience

Departing from Chia, your trip to Nora will be about 20 minutes. Nora was the first Phoenician city in Sardinia (8th century BC), an essential commercial crossword and port of excellent location in the isthmus of Capo Pula, from which it was possible to set sail in any weather. Nora, which developed fully in the 4th century BC under Punic rule, was conquered by the Romans in 238 BC and became a municipium in the 1st century AC. During the two following centuries, it lived its maximum splendor: urban growth and eight thousand inhabitants and being caput viae, the starting point of all the islands' roads. In this flourishing city, fascinating remains can be seen at the archaeological park of Pula, a handful of minutes from the tourist center, and findings exhibited at Patroni Museum. Go snorkeling and admire Roman roads and remains at the bottom of the isthmus, at Punta del Coltellazzo, dominated by a 16th-century tower. Roman edifications covered almost all evidence of Phoenician-Punic times. Excavations began in 1889 when a coastal storm revealed a Phoenician-Punic cemetery (Tophet), bringing to light the remains of the Temple of Tanit, a Carthaginian goddess, and the Nora Stone in the Museo Archeologico di Cagliari (National Archaeological Museum). On the stele, the most ancient document of the Western world, the name Shrdn, Sardinia, appears for the first time. The Tophet sits near the Little Romanesque church, the place of martyrdom of the warrior saint remembered every year during Sagra di Sant’Efisio, of whom the Pula population is particularly devout. At the entrance to the park, you will find remains of the thermal baths that made Nora famous. Take the cobbled streets to enter the heart of the ancient city: Piazza del Foro. Nearby is a temple with a six-column entrance hall (pronao), while to the north, you will find the necropolis and the aqueduct. You will come across a nobleman’s house on the coast, the home of the tetrastyle atrium from the 3rd century AC, with a four-column portico and rooms lined with mosaics (do not miss “Nereid on a marine centaur”). Keep walking, and you will see its main attraction, the theater: lined initially with marble, it had twenty terraces and could seat one thousand people. Today it hosts the La Notte dei Poeti festival. To the south, Aesculapius’s sanctuary, with a mosaic-lined terraced from the 4th century: perhaps the set of the incubation rituals to ask the gods for remedies. It is the last most fabulous building: Nora began to decline in the 5th century. You will also visit the nearby town of Pula—a hidden gem in southern Sardinia, with charming alleys and patrician homes. You can browse your perfect souvenir here; there are many craft shops, and if times allow, you can enter one of their traditional restaurants. Throughout this incredible experience, your guide will strive to make your time as personalized as possible.

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Highly informative and friendly experience. Both Nora and Pula are “must see” places. Our guide (Franco) was excellent, spoke great English, was polite and happy to stop and allow us to take photo etc. Franco helped navigate us around large groups of visitors to get the best out of the day and even took us to a site in Cagliari we hadn’t seen before as an “extra”. Highly recommend this trip.