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The Archaeological Ruins of Nora: the landmark of Roman Era

The Archaeological site of Nora, the ancient roman metropolis


4 hours


Low (difficulties in some areas of the site for people with disabilities)


For those who love archaeology but also want to enjoy the sea of Sardinia

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The Archaeological Ruins of Nora are the landmark of Sardinia’s grandeur in the Roman era. That’s why you cannot miss the excursion in this corner of Sardinia if you’re fond of history and wish to discover the origins of a mysterious island.

The Cape of Pula was first identified by the Phoenicians and the Punic for its privileged position. Precisely at this point Nora was founded, to become one of the largest metropolia on the island. During the Roman era, the golden age of Sardinia, the city flourished and neighborhoods were created a few meters away from the sea, as well as paved streets, that still today are more than surprising.

The ruins of Nora today reveal glimpses of the greatness of the ancient city: the ancient popular districts, the luxurious villas embellished with polychrome mosaics, the baths, the temples, the ancient cobbled streets and above all the splendid theatre, which every summer still hosts an international theatre festival.

The area is immersed in a breathtaking panorama, against the background of which stands the Torre del Coltellazzo. Behind the promontory lies the Nora Lagoon, where the sea turtles are sheltered and, a few kilometers away, the Chia pond, the favorite oasis of pink flamingos. With a stroke of luck, you can watch them flying at sunset and collect one of the most poignant memories that Sardinia can give.

Nora is also dear to the heart of the Sardinians for its connection with St. Efisio’s story, the most beloved saint of the island. It is said that around the end of the third century AD, the saint was beheaded by Roman soldiers on the beach in front of the city. Every 1st May the procession dedicated to the saint leaves Cagliari, on a 33-km- pilgrimage bound to the Roman ruins of Nora; something that marks it as one of the longest processions in Europe.

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