Cagliari Shore Excursion: Nora Archaeological Site and Pula Town

Make the most of your stop in Cagliari and disembark your cruise ship for an exciting private shore excursion. 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.
* Duration: 5 to 6 hours
* Starts: Cagliari, Italy
* Trip Category: Shore Excursions >> Ports of Call Tours




Make the most of your stop in Cagliari and disembark your cruise ship for an exciting private shore excursion. 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.

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

Your guide will meet you at the parking lot outside the gate at your Cagliari cruise port for a picturesque 30-minute drive to Nora’s ancient ruins, the first Phoenician city of Sardinia!

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Over the course of approximately 1.5 hours, your friendly and knowledgeable guide will share this site’s rich history 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. The tradition says that Nora was the first city on the island.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Pass By: Area Archeologica di Nora, 09010, Pula, Sardinia Italy

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.

Pass By: Area Archeologica di Nora, 09010, Pula, Sardinia Italy

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!

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

Before returning to your Cagliari cruise port, you will also visit the nearby town of Pula. A hidden gem in 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 90 minutes in Pula.

Your transportation will take you back to the port at the Cagliari pier at the end of your excursion.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes