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Amphitheatre de Pula, Pula

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Sit on the stone tiers of Amphitheatre de Pula, and imagine how gladiators fought wild animals and each other in the central area. The arena was built in the 1st century CE during the reign of Emperor Vespasian, at the same time as the Roman Colosseum. Walk the underground passages, once used by the gladiators, and see the exhibition of age-old viticulture and olive growing in Istria. Check out the reconstructions of ancient mills and presses, and amphorae used for storing olive oil and wine. The venue was also a site of knights' tournaments and fairs in the Middle Ages. Today it hosts summer performances--a film festival, an equestrian festival, operas, and concerts. Make Amphitheatre de Pula a part of your Pula vacation plans using our Pula trip planner .
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  • if you have time spend some time around one of the 6 roman arenas in the world and the only one with all 4 towers intact The early centuries of animal & human sport are now a distant memory with conce...  more »
  • Arena which is worth a visit. Small problem: there are performances and shows in the evening in the arena which can be nice on one side, but on the other it "spoils" a bit arena. Apart from that, it is super nice.
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  • Incredible Roman arena! Very large and very well preserved. The only other Roman arena that I have seen that was better was in Rome!
  • Lovely arena in the city centre. Lit up very nicely in the evenings. If your timing is right, you could catch performances even.
  • It’s great to get to experience such a well-preserved piece of history like this. However, we were a little disappointed that some of the more interesting parts were fenced off, such as where the gladiators/animals would come out into the arena from. There was also a large stage set up in the middle for a Dizzee Rascal concert that was due to take place. I’m not sure how often the stage is set up there but it kind of lessened the experience.
  • Fascinating monument. Don't miss the basement. Although more content could be added to make things more attractive.
  • One of the greatest amfiteathre in the world. You can also go under and enjoy the gladiators tunel

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Although Pula offers a limited choice of mid-range hotels in and around the old town, you can still stay affordably near this part of the city by renting a room from one of the local families. Check the city's main tourist office for a list of registered owners, or look for window signs advertising rooms for rent. The most popular resort hotels remain in the well-developed areas near the sea, easily reachable from the city center by car or public bus.
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