Nora was one of the first pheonician allocations founded in Sardinia, according to literary testimony and legend by an Iberian hero called Norace. The foundation and therefore life of the city, began in the VIII century B.C., but it developed above all the punic period, between the V and III centuries B.C. Trasforming into not only a commercial but also an administrative and religious centre.
And that is how it remained until 238 A.D. The year of the roman conquest of the island which gradually transformed the face of the city which became the home of the roman governor and council, which we bear witness to in an inscription from the I century A.D. The major boom period in the roman centre is that between the II and III centuries A.D. Which we witness in the archaeological remains and the main part if the buildings visible today. Its decline started in the V century A.D. Following the occupation of the island by vandals ( 456-466 A.D.), and was abandoned for good around VIII century A.D. Caused by raid of the Arabs that forced the habitants of the Sardinian coast to retreat inland. The livestyle of the people of Nora are easy to deduce from the monuments: theatre, place of worship, thermal bath, forum, noble houses, mosaics and acqueduct.
All this makes you think of the economic importance, politics and culture that the centre covered, above all in the middle period of her life.
Today Nora is still alive, the archeological research continues and they still talk about her past but, above all, it is alive in the memories of all that have visited and not forgotten.
INFORMATION: Cultural and tourist information of the area.
GUIDED TOURS: The cooperative has qualified personnel available for guided tours in Italian and by reservaion in English and French. Duration approximately 1 hour.
AUDIO GUIDE SERVICE
GUIDED TOURS BY NIGHT: An unforgettable experience taking you on a suggestive tour amongst the ancient monuments, illuminated to create a sureal atmosphere. This service is available only in the summer period as a special event, or by reservation.
BOOKSHOP: For whose who would like to take with them a souvenir or widen their knowledge of historical themes or Sardinian ways and costumes, can find in our bookshop the official guide to Nora and a vast range of interesting publications and leading articles.
- Summer: 9,00-20,00 (9am – 8pm)
- Winter: 9,00-17,30 (9am – 5:30pm)