Excursion through the ancient roman ruins of the first Sardinian Phoenician City: Nora. The theatre, the thermal baths, the patrician villas, the marketplace and the tower recall a glorious and never forgotten past ... More info ›
Excursion through the ancient roman ruins of the first Sardinian Phoenician City: Nora. The theatre, the thermal baths, the patrician villas, the marketplace and the tower recall a glorious and never forgotten past. Among the extraordinary streets it will be possible to discover the urban and artistic technique used by ancient Mediterranean population.
History is alive and in abundance on the island of Sardinia. This is your opportunity to visit some of what remains of a civilization that is approximately 3,000 years old! Enjoy a guided visit tour to Nora and the hidden gem town of Pula.
During this tour you can visit and discover Nora. Nora was one of the first Phoenician allocations founded in Sardinia, according to literary testimony and legend by an Iberian hero called Norace. The foundation and therefore life of the city, began in the VIII century B.C., but it developed mostly during the Punic period, between the V and III centuries B.C.
Sardinia was then conquered by Romans, gradually transforming the city which became the home of the Roman governor and council. The major boom period in the Roman centre is between the II and III centuries A.D which we witness in the archaeological remains and the main part of the buildings visible today.
As you enter the archeological zone, you will see what remains of the thermal baths. Walk along the cobbled street to the heart of this open-air museum - Piazza del Foro. Here you will see the ruins of the Temple of Tanit - a Carthaginian goddess. The archeological zone was revealed in 1889 following a storm that uncovered the Phoenician Tophet, a kind of cemetery for children. And hence the excavations began. An aqueduct and necropolis are found on the site, as are the remains of a nobleman's house dating back to the 3rd century. The rooms of the house are lined with mosaics that are stunning. Your private guided visit in Nora will be approximately 1.5 hours.
The main attraction of Nora is the theater, the only one in Sardinia. In its day, it was lined with marble and could seat 1,000 people on its 20 terraces. The spectacular structure still today is host to the La Notte dei Poeti festival! Please note that during the festivals, the theater is covered to protect the ruins. In spite of all that you will see, much of Nora remains unexcavated! Looking out across the golden sands of the beach and the crystal waters of the Mediterranean, you can likely take yourself back to the forgotten past of this ancient urban trading center and imagine what it must have been!
Today Nora is still alive, the archaeological research continues and its past is alive in the memories of all that have visited and not forgotten.
You will also visit the nearby town of Pula. A hidden gem in the southern Sardinia, with charming alleys and patrician homes. You can browse your perfect souvenir here, there are many craft shops and if times allow maybe you can enter one of their traditional restaurants. Here and throughout this incredible experience, your guide will strive to make your time as personalized as possible. You will have approximately 30 minutes in Pula.
Free service pick-up/drop-off only for Domus de Maria and Chia area. Tickets and water included.