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Pula Arena, Pula

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Sit on the stone tiers of Pula Arena, 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. Before you head to Pula, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Pula itinerary maker, to make sure you see all that Pula has to offer, including Pula Arena.
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  • The Arena is an amazing and well preserved historical masterpiece! You almost feel like you have stepped back in time. Well worth the small entrance fee to explore the inside of the arena and see and ...  more »
  • Nice visit to very architechtural scene. Entrance fee was very affordable and the lines did not exist so it was nice for the teenagers... :-)  more »
  • The Gladiator show that's performed here is excellent. Seemed a reasonable price at the time we bought the tickets, it soon became excellent value because the show was a good 2 hours at least. Sitting...  more »
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  • While the Pula Arena may not be as well known as the one in Rome, this amphitheater has a lot of historic value and is just as amazing to see. One can walk all around the place unlike the one in Rome. Special exhibitions take place too. Gift shop on site. Not very handicap accessible.
  • My favourite place in Pula, a must see. The historic site has been so well preserved. Wear a hat as it gets super hot starting May. Don't forget to see the basement exhibition of historic artifacts.
  • All i can say is wow! This is the first arena I've been to so i really have no comparison but its amazing. Like stepping into another world/time. The entrance fees were very reasonable compared to other tourist destinations we've been to.
  • Overlooks a bay and cove. The town is easily discovered on foot. Very nice social local people. Great seafood.
  • Great little arena. Like a mini Rome colosseum. Can see into it easy from outside but it is so much better from the inside and a fair price. A must see in Pula.