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Nora Archaeological Area (Area Archeologica di Nora)
Nora Archaeological Area (Area Archeologica di Nora)

Nora Archaeological Area (Area Archeologica di Nora)

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Nora Province of Cagliari, 09010

The Basics

Set on the Cape of Pula promontory, south of Cagliari, the ancient city of Nora is one of Sardinia’s most important archeological sites. Beginning in the 8th century BC, Nora thrived for over a millennia before the threat of Arab raids drove residents from this coastal stronghold in the 8th century AD. The site is only accessible on a guided tour, so be sure to book in advance or join a day trip from Cagliari.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • The site is outdoors and must be explored on foot, so choose sturdy shoes and wear a hat and sunscreen.

  • The ruins are spread over rough terrain and are only partially accessible to wheelchair users; request information and assistance at the information office.

  • The Pula promontory has a lovely stretch of beach, so pack your suit to take a swim break before or after touring the site. Keep in mind that visitors are not allowed to enter the site wearing bathing suits.

  • There is a snack bar and souvenir shop inside the site.

  • You can take in beautiful views of the sea and coastline from the ruins at the far point of the cape.

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How to Get There

The Nora Archaeological Site (Area Archeologica di Nora) is on Capo di Pula on Sardinia’s southeastern coast, below Cagliari. Drive to the nearby modern town of Nora and take a shuttle bus to the site, or opt for a tour that includes transportation from Cagliari.

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When to Get There

The archaeological site is open year-round. If you go in the summer, be aware that Sardinia’s midday temperatures can be grueling, and the best time to visit would be in the morning or late afternoon.

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Highlights of the Nora Archaeological Site

Among the most notable ruins inside the site are a column from the Temple of Tanit, which was dedicated to the worship of the Carthaginian Venus; a 2nd-century Roman theater overlooking the sea; the remains of Roman baths; and four tetrastyle columns and mosaic floors from a Roman villa. The 17th-century Torre del Coltellazzo, built on top of what had been a Phoenician acropolis, looms over the ancient town.

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