Amphitheatre de Pula
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The Arena in Pula is a 1st-century Roman amphitheatre. The arena is the 6th largest in the world.
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fluffymonkey
Worcester, UK3,079 contributions
Aug 2022
Chances are you have visited Pula to see this ancient arena so really no amount of platitudes can do it justice - you have to see it with your own eyes.
Parking Karolina will put you a stones throw away from the arena main entrance if time is precious & you want simplicity, street parking looked like a mugs game to me on a busy Friday.
If you have the time I would highly recommend the "Spectacvla Antiqva" (gladiator show) in the evening. You cant buy tickets on line but they are available from the main entrance kiosk throughout the day to avoid queuing in the evening before the show starts at 8:30.
As a family (adults 100Kn, children 50Kn) the show really exceeded our expectations, there is lots of audience participation and some realistic full on fights enacted out. Plus you get the chance to meet the gladiators you were rooting for to win their fights after the show ends! Its not at all tacky, lots of fun, and is well organised.
Written September 13, 2022
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Ciochi
Romania19 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
It is a must see if you are in the city.
Impressive, solid construction, very well preserved (it still offers the conditions for organising events - there is a stage on the ground), offers you an interesting view about the ancient times.
We enjoyed a lot being on the ground, in the middle of arena, imagining that a lion or other enemy will come.
You need 1 - 2 hours to visit every spot, especially if you buy audio guide. There are photo opportunities, renting a roman warrior costume, but seems to be a little expensive for one shot.
Anyway, it was a very good experience, I recommend for anyone.
Written August 19, 2022
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Ben R
Hedge End, UK163 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
The Arena is a beautifully restored window into history that is not to be missed. We visited during the day and used the audio tour. We also went to the Galiator Show in the evening. During the day the Arena was popular but not too busy. The tour was informative and gave lots of extra details that you would miss just walking around. It was a fascinating insight into the history and the stories behind this incredible structure. The entry fee is good value and we spent several hours wondering around.
The Gladiators Show in the evening was great. The atmosphere inside the Arena was completely different in the evening light with the sunset beautifully framed between the pillars. The show was a great mix of humour and history with the expected blood thirsty battles between the Gladiators. Lots of audience participation meant that there was never a dull moment and the time just flew by.
Written August 29, 2022
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Spmmik53
Purley, UK620 contributions
Sep 2022
We visited Pula in late September. The old town is interesting, and the amphitheatre is certainly well preserved - but that was it.
Pula itself is quite an industrial town and unlike its neighbours does not offer spectacular sea or coastline views.
You pay for everything here. Parking is difficult and entry into the churches in the old town is charged.
We are unlikely to visit again and would not suggest visiting here as there are many more attractive places to visit along this western coast of Istria.
Sorry.
Written October 23, 2022
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Dragan I
3 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
We were amazed how well preserved the inside of the arena is. It is really beautiful and clean and the best thing is that it is open until 23h.

We were fascinated that we were able to walk the paths Roman gladiators walked.

I recommend everyone to take the audio guide, since it is stacked with interesting facts and is a great chance to learn a lot about the arena and the Roman times as well.

However, the audio guide device is a little bit too old and some of the spots in the tour seem to be out-of-sync with the audio guide. This is the only downside of the visit, apart from that, everything else was fabulous.

P.S. I recommend the visit at the sunset - the colors and the setting is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen in my life.
Written August 20, 2021
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BBonnyay
Budapest, Hungary77 contributions
Mar 2022 • Family
We were in Pula on March 16. We bought tickets at 16:25. The ticket office is officially open until 16:30. At the entrance it is stated that the exhibition is open until 17:00. after we bought our ticket we went into the amphitheater. The security guard cut in front of us and hurried down the stairs to the exhibition and then blocked the entrance. We asked him why he closed it. He said if there are only few tourists they close at 4 p.m. We had time to look around quickly only in the area of the amphitheater. We went back to the ticket office because we thought it was unfair to close the exhibition in front of us after we bought the ticket for 8 people. The ticket officer said nothing but left hurriedly. We didn’t get the money back and we weren’t even allowed into the exhibition even though it would have been half an hour before closing. Their behavior very much disappointed us and also the bad attitude they handled the situation. We could see a lot more from outside if we walked around, so we wouldn’t have bought tickets if they told us we couldn’t go to the exhibition.
It was a big disappointment 😒
Written March 19, 2022
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JohnAnn B
Vancouver, Canada456 contributions
May 2022
We only had a couple of hours in Pula, which is a lovely seaside town where you can easily wander about the streets and visit ruins. The most impressive structure is the amphitheatre. It really is huge on a similar scale to the Coliseum in Rome but less complete.

I would suggest retaining a guide, in our case she was a knowledgeable local named Miriam. She started just outside the gate where there is a section of the Roman road, then through the entrance and into the amphitheatre itself. She explained how the presentations in the days of the gladiators would work, where the elite would sit and the commoners, how one side used a hill for support while on the other side seats were construction in tiers form the walls. She point out some seats that were carved with names, lion carvings from the Venetians days, explained where the kiosks for food and drink were located, and pointed out how the blocks of stone where held together with iron rims set in lead in holes in the blocks. And she mentioned how today it is used for concerts, many involving famous singers and bands.

Then we went down into the basement of the amphitheatre where the gladiators, animals and machinery used in the performances would have been located. Today it is a museum showing the designs of the amphitheatre, a collection of amphorae, a copy of the Tabula Peutingeriana (a map of the Roman Empire), an olive press and displays of Roman ruins in the area.

The Pula Amphitheatre is well worth a visit.
Written June 17, 2022
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Ekspertas
Vilnius, Lithuania364 contributions
Aug 2022
Come here in the morning, so was lucky to find parking place nearby. When leaving around 11:00, all parkings around was full, it was little traffic of tourist cars making circles to find a place.
Nice place worth short visit, also little exposition in basement. Actually if you on budget, to see almost all inside you can from viewpoints on upper part of building from the street passing by.
Written September 7, 2022
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Mina M
Aberdeen, UK33 contributions
Aug 2022
You do not necessarily have to go in to appreciate it. Especially in the summer, the queues of people waiting to go in can be extremely long. It is one of those things you need to see somewhere, so if that is your first amphitheater, then go in, if you have visited i.e. Verona or Rome, then you can enjoy the views from outside too. In any case a must stop when visiting Pula, even if just for couple of minutes.
Written August 27, 2022
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BharathiMani
Bengaluru, India3,098 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
A top attraction not to be missed in Croatia
Such a gorgeous amphitheater, in a well preserved state. I came in the afternoon at 3:30 pm on 20th April 2022 so barely any crowd. In Google timing was shown as till 5:00 pm but it was open till 8:00pm. So call and go if you're late.
Lots of paid parking close by which are free on holidays.
Great view from the Marina side.
Multiple entries are possible on the same day as long as you keep the receipt.
Clean rest rooms.
Written April 18, 2022
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