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The Arena in Pula

Pula, Croatia
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Ranked #2 of 24 Attractions in Pula
Type: Ancient Ruins, Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields
Description: The Arena in Pula is a 1st century Roman amphitheatre. The arena is the 6th largest in the world.
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Best thing of all - you can go wherever you want, I mean you can stand in the centre, go to the tribunes and around them. That's really impressive place :)

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Seeing the Arena took me back to the old days. it is nice to see and experience a structure that is so well preserved. you don't need much imagination to picture the way it used to be. I would recommend to go early in the morning as the sun gets pretty intense! I did not go inside the place, only... More

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Stockholm, Sweden
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

This was a place that we saw many times as we took our walk to center of Pula. Interesting that such a big arena still is in use.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

To be honest it is more impressive from the outside than inside as only a simple underground exhibition inside. If you go up on hill behind the amphitheatre, it is a wonderful view looking through the arena at the sea. 40 kn entry fee and in the summer it hosts concerts (eg Joss Stone - 2014).

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Wells, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Having seen other amphitheatres, our visit left us a bit underwhelmed. It could really do with some excellent interpretation materials, to help bring the place alive.

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Pskov, Russia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

I have to say i was dissapointed with Pula. It seemed like it would be one the highlights of our tour around Croatia,but i and my family found the whole town to be dirty,full of grafitti.Surely with all the historic points in Pula,they would make it more tourist friendly. Other than the area in front of the arena,where the tour... More

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Brighton, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This arena is still used for concerts etc. We were there for the Outlook Festival 2014 - the town was full of young people from far & wide.

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Split, Croatia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Must visit this place if you're close to Pula. They closed the Arena 15mins before I came there 'cause of Gladiators night but you can see a lot even if you're not in. Historical place and I'll visit it again next time.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Visited the Arena off the Pula hop-on, hop-off city bus tour during daytime on a grey and rainy day. Was a bit miserable. They were setting up the stage in the centre of the Arena for the Outlook music festival so that took away from the experience. Have been to other Roman ruins - amphitheatre in Verona, and the ruins... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

The arena dominates the skyline in Pula, you can not miss it. The access is easy and walking through the arena you have the be inspired by the scale of the project to build such a structure. As well consider there were considerable differences between the Roman and today's societies and the use of such a venue demonstrates one such... More

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