Cagliari Shore Excursion: Archaeological Nuraghe and Nora Tour

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Make the most of your stop in Cagliari and disembark your cruise ship for an exciting tour excursion. You will be visiting the Roman ruins of Nora and a Nuraghe to discover a world rich in history and tradition.

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Duration: 5 to 6 hours
Starts: Cagliari, Italy
Trip Category: Shore Excursions >> Ports of Call Tours

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Make the most of your stop in Cagliari and disembark your cruise ship for an exciting tour excursion. You will be visiting the Roman ruins of Nora and a Nuraghe to discover a world rich in history and tradition.

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Stop At: Area Archeologica di Nora, 09010, Pula, Sardinia Italy

History is alive and in abundance on the island of Sardinia. This tour 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! For approximately 2 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 a bit 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 stunning mosaics. Your guided visit to Nora will be approximately 2 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 magnificent structure still today is host to the La Notte dei Poeti festival! Please note that during the celebrations, the theater is covered to protect the ruins. Despite 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!

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Pula, Pula, Province of Cagliari, Sardinia

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.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Nuraghe Sa Domu ‘e s’Orcu, Localita Sa Punta, 09018, Sarroch, Sardinia Italy

Sa Domu ‘e s’Orcu “Ogre’s House” in the native Campidanese language, was a settlement build in the 15th century BCE and was inhabited up until the 6th century. Nuraghe is a type of megalithic tower-like structure. You will have approximately 1 hour to explore the archaeological site. Although the real function of this nuraghe is still not known, it could have been any number of things, including a fortress, a religious place, a refuge. Throughout your experience, your guide will be with you to share information about the sites you visit.

Duration: 1 hour

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