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Cagliari Private Nora Phoenician Ruins Excursion

Cagliari, Italy (Excursion ID S3478)

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  • Duration
    4 hours
  • Activity Level
    Moderate
  • Minimum Age
    All Ages
  • Languages
    EN

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  • Air-conditioned round-trip transportation from the Passenger Terminal at your Cagliari Cruise pier!
  • Fully licensed and insured transportation!
  • English speaking driver and guide!
  • Visit Nora - Phoenician City!
  • Visit the town of Pula!
  • All entrance fees!
  • Complimentary bottled water!
  • Free WiFi on the transportation!
  • Small group of 8 guests maximum!


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 an exclusive guided visit to the Phoenician city of Nora and the hidden gem town of Pula.

Your guide will meet you at the Passenger's Terminal at your Cagliari cruise port for a picturesque 40-minute drive to the ancient ruins of Nora, the first Phoenician city of Sardinia! Over the course of approximately 1.5 hours, your friendly and knowledgeable guide will share the rich history of this site that may eventually be inaccessible. The southern part of Sardinia is sinking into the Mediterranean Sea, which has resulted in a significant portion of the former town now being submerged.

Nora was a Roman and pre-Roman town dating back to the time of the Phoenicians. Whether fact or abit of fiction, the founding of the town is bathed in colorful history.  Pausanias, who was a geographer in the 2nd century, outlines in his work Description of Greece, that the Iberians founded Nora when they crossed Sardinia under the leadership of Norax, an ancient mythical hero. The tradition says that Nora was the first city on the island.

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 third century. The rooms of the house are lined with mosaics that are stunning. Your guided visit to 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!

Before returning to your Cagliari cruise port, 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.

Your transportation will take you back to the Passenger Terminal at the Caliari pier at the end of your excursion.


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Discover the Phoenician Ruins of Nora and admire how glorious this city was. See the Roman theater, the only one in Sardinia. Stop in Pula, a quaint village with alleys and patrician homes that would take your breath away.

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London
Amazing ruins and history
     5/5  (Visited on October 2021)
6
We had always wanted to visit the Phoenician ruins and we finally got our chance. This was a fantastic excursion and our guide did a great job of keeping us together. 10/10!
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New York
Amazing day exploring
     5/5  (Visited on December 2021)
6
This was very well organized. Our guide gave us a great tour of the ruins and shared so much information with us. 10/10 recommended!
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Alabama
Amazing time
     5/5  (Visited on July 2021)
5
The ruins were amazing. Our guide was excellent, so passionate about the ruins and its history. He told us so many amazing stories. Thank you for a great time!!
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