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Nora

Between history and archaeology

A journey into history

Only 20 minutes away from the Hotel Santa Gilla is a place of great historic importance. It is the city of Nora, one of the most important archaeological sites in Sardinia and in the whole Mediterranean.

Located on the promontory of Capo di Pula in a very strategic position, this ancient city was one of the first Phoenician/Carthaginian settlements in Sardinia. With the arrival of the Romans, Nora became the centre of importance economic and cultural activities.

Most of the cities are now underwater but some Roman ruins are still visible: the theatre, the mosaics in the houses of noblemen and the ruins of the thermal baths, for which Nora was renowned.

Paved streets lead to the real heart of the ancient city: the forum, the temple, the remains of rich houses. And in particular, the amphitheatre: once the centre of the cultural life of the Romans, with a capacity of about 1,000 seats, it is now used as the venue of ‘La Notte dei Poeti’, a renowned summer festival.

zona archeologica di nora

Activities & Excursions

 

Hotel Santa Gilla is a peaceful oasis in a very convenient location: close to the city of Cagliari and to the archaeological site of Nora; to the WWF OASIS of Mount Arcosu to the trail which leads to the golden beaches of Chia.