Where to see Roman Ruins in Sardinia

Updated on Mar 21, 2023 by Ella Brundle

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Sardinia has a rich history, much of which can still be seen today. We delve into the best ruins to see across the island!

Sardinia is an island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, known for its stunning beaches, crystal clear waters, and rugged landscapes. However, there is more to Sardinia than just its natural beauty. The island is also home to some of the most well-preserved Roman ruins in the world.

Sardinia was conquered by the Roman Republic in the 3rd century BC, and it became an important strategic location due to its position in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. The island was used as a base for Roman military operations in the region, and it also served as a source of resources, such as timber and minerals. As a result, the Romans built several impressive structures on the island, including roads, aqueducts, and temples.

One of the most significant Roman ruins in Sardinia is the Nora archaeological site, located near the town of Pula in the southwestern part of the island. The site dates back to the 8th century BC, and it was an important Phoenician settlement before it was conquered by the Romans in the 3rd century BC. The ruins at Nora include a Roman amphitheatre, a temple, a forum, and several houses and shops. The site is known for its well-preserved mosaics, which depict scenes from daily life and mythology. You can stay in the beautiful town of Pula, Hotel Sant'Efis, Casa Querce and Nora Club Hotel are all wonderful properties within the area.

Nora ruins

Another important Roman ruin in Sardinia is the archaeological site of Tharros, located on the west coast of the island near the town of Cabras. Tharros was founded by the Phoenicians in the 8th century BC, and it was later conquered by the Romans in the 2nd century BC. The ruins at Tharros include a Roman forum, a theatre, a temple, and several houses and shops. The site is also known for its impressive Roman walls, which were built to protect the city from invaders. Whilst we do not have properties in this particular area on the island, Alghero is just a 2-hour drive away, a lovely seaside town with old walls and a harbourside to explore. Browse our properties in Alghero and the north west here.

In addition to Nora and Tharros, there are several other Roman ruins scattered throughout Sardinia, including the Temple of Antas, the Roman bridge at Santa Vittoria, and the Roman baths at Fordongianus.

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The Roman ruins in Sardinia are significant not only for their historical and archaeological value but also for their cultural significance. The ruins are a testament to the island's rich and diverse history, and they serve as a reminder of the important role that Sardinia played in the ancient world.
If you are interested in visiting the Roman ruins in Sardinia, several tour operators offer guided tours of the archaeological sites. Alternatively, you can explore the ruins on your own, but be sure to bring comfortable shoes, sunscreen, and plenty of water, as the sites can be quite extensive.

The Roman ruins in Sardinia are a fascinating glimpse into the island's past and offer a unique and memorable experience for visitors. Whether you are a history buff, an archaeology enthusiast, or simply looking for a new adventure, the Roman ruins in Sardinia are worth a visit. 

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