Sardinia Sights



Nora Review

Considered the oldest town in Sardinia, the narrow promontory outside Pula was the site of a Phoenician, Carthaginian, and then, later, Roman settlement. Nora was a prime location as a stronghold and important trading town—Phoenician settlers scouted for good harbors, cliffs to shelter their craft from the wind, and an elevation from which they could defend themselves against attack. An old Roman paved road passes the temple ruins that include baths, a Roman theater, and an amphitheater now reserved for summer music festivals. Extensive excavations have shed light on life in this ancient city more than 1,500 years old. Make out the channels through which hot air rose to warm the Roman baths. Note the difference between the Carthaginians' simple mosaic pavements and the Romans' more elaborate designs in well-preserved multicolored tiles. If the Mediterranean is calm, look under clear waters along the shore for more ruins of the ancient city, slowly submerging due to rising seas, earthquakes, and erosion. Guided tours of this open-air museum begin on the hour.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 3 km (2 mi) south of Pula, Pula
  • Phone: 070/9209138
  • Cost: €5.50, including Museo Archeologico Comunale
  • Hours: Daily 9–dusk; last entrance ½ hr before closing
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  • Location: Pula
Updated: 11-02-2012

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