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A well preserved Roman mosaic floor at the archaeological site of Nora.

Exploring the Ancient City of Nora, its History & Archaeology

Shore Excursions & Guided Tours to Nora

Top Rated Guided Tour

A 4-hour guided tour of the archaeological site of Nora. Travel from Cagliari & entry included. Highly rated, we have done this tour. 

Archaeology Shore Excursion

A private tour, that includes Nora and a Nuraghe. Guide will arrange tour times to coordinate with your cruise’s timetable.

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Visiting the Archaeological Site of Nora

Nora is in the Archaeological Park of Pula, Pula being the nearby town.

Opening Hours

November to February: daily from 09h00 – 17h00 (guided tours: 10h00 – 16h00)
March to May: daily from 09h00 – 19h00 (guided tours 10h00 – 18h00)
June to October: 09h00 – 20h00 (guided tours: 10h00 – 19h00)

Ticket Prices

Adult: €8.00
Child (under 18): €4.50
Cruise passengers: €6.00

Buy tickets for Nora at the onsite ticket office.

Guided tours are included with each ticket. By making a request at the ticket office, you will be informed of the time when the guided tour is scheduled. Tours are conducted in Italian, English, French and German, subject to availability.

For groups of more than 15 people, reservations must be made via the Mobilitapp app or at [email protected].


The ticket office is approximately 400 meters from the nearest car park. Some parts of the site are wheelchair-accessible, but not all of it. There are a few areas that are accessible via steps or inclines, but these are few. The toilets are wheelchair acessible.


The Visitors Centre at the entrance to the site includes the ticket office, a bar that sells hot and cold drinks and light snacks, a giftshop that sells books, postcards and other souvenirs. 

People on a walkway over a Roman road at Nora.
Visitors walking along the walkway runningl alongside an exposed section of road.

Discovery & Excavation of the Archaeological Site

Roman Nora Map
A detailed map of what what remains of the Roman period of Nora. On display at the National Archaeology Museum in Cagliari.

A Brief History of the Ancient City

Nora View South
A view south over the site from the High Place of Tanit ovr the area with the central bath house (foreground) to the Temple of Asclepius at the end of the peninsula.

What is there to See?

Nora View East Tower
A view east from the High Place of Tanit over the theatre to the Tower of Sant'Efisio.

Interactive Map of Nora

Archaeological Site of Nora

Do I need a Guide for Nora?

How to Get to Nora

The archaeological site of Nora is just under 40 km south west of Cagliari, the administrative capital and largest city on the island of Sardinia. It is about 5 km from the small town of Pula. The site occupies a small peninsular, known as the Capo di Pula.

From Pula the site can be reached via a road with a cycle track and wide pavements.

Nora By Bus from Cagliari

How to Get to Nora by Car

From Cagliari, near the train station take SS195. The road skirts around Pula, but here watch out for signs for Nora. From Cagliari the journey is just over 40 minutes.

Parking at Nora

Nora Beach Sant Efisio Church
The Romanesque church of Sant'Efisio with the popular Nora Beach in the foreground.

What to See Nearby

Archaeology Travel Tips for Visiting Nora

Artefacts from Nora in the National Archaeological Museum, Cagliari

The Nora Stele and Punic altars on display in the National Archaeological Museum, Cagliari.
Left, the Nora Stele, the oldest written document in Sardinia. And right, funerary stelae from a Phoenician necropolis at Nora.
Roman inscription from Nora in the National Archaeological Museum, Cagliari.
The four pieces that make up the Roman architrave from a public building in Nora now in the National Archaeological Museum, Cagliari.

Add Nora to Your Itineraries & Travel Lists

Nora Archaeological Site

According to ancient sources, Nora was one of the first cities founded in Sardinia. Phoenicians, Carthaginians and Romans followed one another on this small peninsula, which established itself as an important trading centre in the ancient Mediterranean. Most of the visible structures are from its Roman phase, built between the 1st century BC and the 4th century AD. Visitors can explore the remains of the Roman city’s main features, such as the baths, sanctuaries and living quarters, in which splendid mosaics survive, and the theatre, which, given its excellent condition, is still used for concerts in the evenings during summer.

National Archaeological Museum, Cagliari

Given the quantity of objects from all over the island, this museum is certainly the most important in Sardinia. Since 1993 it has occupied one of the buildings in a complex known as the ‘Citadel of Museums’, built within the district of Castello, reusing the space of the ancient medieval walls. It houses more than 4,000 objects that tell 7,000 years of history, ranging from Prehistory to the Early Middle Ages, in an itinerary that is divided over 4 floors, each with different themes. In the collections visitors can admire statuettes of the mother goddesses, Nuragic bronze statues, a large part of the Nuragic giant statues of Mont’e Prama, as well as Punic and Phoenician jewellery and Roman statuary.

Archaeology Travel Writer

Gianluca Pitzeri

Born and raised in Sardinia, from an early age I dreamt of discovering ancient ruins. Currently I am completing a Master’s degree in Archaeology and Art at the University of Cagliari, Sardinia. What particularly interests me now is the potential digital technologies can make to enhancing visitor experience at archaeological sites. Read More

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