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The Pula Arena (Croatian: Pulska Arena) is the name of the amphitheatre located in Pula, Croatia. The Arena is the only remaining Roman amphitheatre to have four side towers and with all three Roman architectural orders entirely preserved. It was constructed in 27 BC – 68 AD and is among the six largest surviving Roman arenas in the World. A rare example among the 200 surviving Roman amphitheatres, it is also the best preserved ancient monument in Croatia.
This is very interesting historical venue, the object is very interesting on the one side but horrifying on the other side. There is not much more presented than the stones. Exhibition is small, no interpretation. Lack of maintenance is so evident. There is no access for disabled persons.
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.
If you are anywhere near Pula this is "must see". Every concert during summer here is something you need to see, her and feel
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.
Wow! History all around you. Beautifully preserved coliseum with incredible past. Great job by previous government saving the monument and not bulldozing it down like other communist countries. A bit out of the way from Zagreb but worth every driving mile.
Very beautiful historical object! Impressive! Worth seeing without doubt. Expensive entrance - 12 euro for adult ticket is too much.
Well maintained structure. Surprised that it's still standing after 2000 yrs. Right in the middle of the city has enough parking spaces behind the Arena and also in the front. Walkable distance from most of the other attractions in Pula. Worth the visit...
We went to Pula for the holidays! In order not to ruin the city's surprise, I did not look for any information about the city. This decision was perfect, full of surprises and masterpieces. This is one of those. I recommend doing this to you too. Highly recommended.
Beautiful place of Croatia. It's same like the Colliseum in Rome which is great, you must visit the one in Pula, and for the underground tour....one of the best historical place..Concert during summer is something you need to see... It is also great experience...Beautiful amphitheatar better than one in Rome
On the plus side: beautifully preserved, monumental, historical, when we were there (end of April at a weekend) the line wasn't too long, entry fee is reasonable. On the minus side: maybe I've been spoiled by other museums and similar sites, but to me simply having a site that you can marvel at and a small exhibition about something extremely remotely connected to the place itself (how oil was produced in ancient times) in 2018 is not enough. I would expect an interactive, educational experience. Granted we didn't take the audio guide, that might have made things more interesting. Currently it's more like: 'Yeah, we have this great monument in the city, let's make sure it's in good shape and charge folks wanting to check it out.' But not a lot of extra effort is put in it.
The town has a strong history that you can feel. It is known for its multitude of ancient Roman buildings, the most famous of which is the Pula Arena, one of the best preserved Roman amphitheaters, and its beautiful sea. The city has a long tradition of wine making, fishing, shipbuilding, and tourism. It has also been Istria's administrative centre since ancient Roman times.
Impressive Roman arena from 200-300AD. There is a section that has been cleaned with laser to show what it would have looked like originally. Near the entrance/exit they have stairs that lead down to tunnels underneath the Arena where they have Amphora and items on display that have been discovered around Istria. Pula was very busy, chaotic trying to find a car park, we were there in late May. Head across the road to Valerijan Park as it has some nice views through the trees garden to the Arena. There are also some cafes on the outside (high sides) of the Arena, where you can view inside the Arena, but not the same as walking around inside it.
Beautiful and romantic place. Even if you dont´t have much time, leave the car at the nearby market and and visit this cultural jewel. :) Also suitable for families with children. I recommend.
Quite stunning amphitheatre. Delighted to see that it is in regular use for events. It's been maintained and there are areas carefully rebuilt. Easy to get in and wander around. There is an audio guide you can buy.
One of most spectacular places in Croatia and in this part of world. Monumental building with great history and mistic story behind it. Famous film festival is organized within the amphitheatre and it's pleasure of own kind to watch and participate in movie projections under the stars and clear sky. Place to visit ans explore.
Pretty nice place, in the summer there are some street food station and sometimes live music around the amphitheater. The streets around are nice for shopping the there are some good restaurants. The pula market place is next to the theaters the there is ah bus fish hall on it with lot of seafood
This is underrated. Actually the sixth largest remaining Roman ampitheatre. It is largely still intact and you can go underground on a self guided tour where you can see how Rome obtained some of it's wealth. They have gladiator reenactments at certain times of the year but look online to see when if you are interested in that. I made the mistake of just going without researching ahead.