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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. Make Pula Arena a part of your Pula vacation plans using our Pula trip planner .
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  • August 17, 2017
    The world's sixth-largest amphitheatre but one of the best maintained. A splendid view of the sea.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Definitely worth seeing, especially interesting with a guide which tells something to the creation.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Super fun to visit. Not much there but worth going inside to harness your inner gladiator. Bring a picnic for a perfect lunch spot.  more »
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  • June 30, 2017
    A great Roman amphitheatre. Relaxed visit. Easy to walk round and absorb the atmosphere. Nearby shops and restaurants on the way to Augustus temple make for a great break.
  • June 21, 2017
    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.
  • July 5, 2017
    Great example of a Roman amphitheatre… take a walk around the outside first, as the views of the inside are just as good. Save yourself some Kuna for a coffee instead 😉
  • June 1, 2017
    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.
  • May 31, 2017
    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.

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Where to stay in Pula

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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