6. Cagliari: 5-Hour Archaeological Shore Excursion
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 to 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 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 3rd century. The rooms of the house are lined with mosaics that are stunning. Your private guided visit in 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 private transportation will take you back to the Passenger Terminal at the Caliari pier at the end of your excursion.