The narrow promontory outside Pula was the site of a Phoenician, Carthaginian, and then, later, Roman settlement that was first settled some 2,800 years ago. 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, which 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. The channels through which hot air rose to warm the Roman baths can still be made out. 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, you can peek under clear waters along the shore for more ruins of the ancient city, which are slowly submerging due to rising seas, earthquakes, and erosion. Guided tours usually begin on the hour.
3 km (2 mi) south of Pula, Pula, Sardinia, 09010, Italy