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“One of the top 10 attractions in Croatia!”
Review of The Arena in Pula

The Arena in Pula
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Owner description: The Arena in Pula is a 1st century Roman amphitheatre. The arena is the 6th largest in the world.
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“One of the top 10 attractions in Croatia!”
Reviewed October 4, 2012

The Arena in Pula is the must-see place for those who can't afford a visit to Rome or Italy, it is the 6th biggest amphitheatre in the world, but it's still very well kept. You're not in any danger while visiting because there is no chance of pieces falling off because, as the top 5 Croatian attraction, it's in great shape. There is an audio guide and a small museum in which you can see items found in the ground in Istria. Definetely the great place to visit when you're in Croatia, but the 6th place in size says everything.

Visited September 2012
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Reviewed October 4, 2012

looked impressive but surroundings let it down a little, appeared to have building work going on inside

Visited October 2012
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Great Falls, Montana
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“Beautiful by any name”
Reviewed October 1, 2012

It's called The Arena, the Amphitheatre, and/or the Coliseum and it is stunning under any title.

There are quite a few ancient coliseums left around the old Roman empire but Pula's claim to fame is that theirs is one of the very best preserved in the world. And they might be right!

Gorgeous by day or by night, it is a thrill to stroll through it at your own pace, unencumbered by throngs of other tourists jostling one another for the prime photo spot (like in Rome). We were there on a Saturday in early September at 10am and there were less than 50 others in the entire arena.

The restrooms were well signed and the subterranean area of hallways, cages and open spaces (once devoted to gladiators and the animals they fought and now dedicated to ancient wine production) was actually quite interesting.

That aside, the pleasure was just quietly standing there in a darkened walkway, a caged space on one side, looking up the incline leading to the arena floor and imagine what it was like for a gladiator about to embark on his life or death struggle in front of 25,000 blood-thirsty spectators.

Built near the height of the Roman empire and completed around 80AD, it was in use for more than 400 years during the golden time of the gladiators.

Now it's a setting for concerts and such as part of Pula's annual Music Festival. We became enthralled with it after watching the stunning music video "Il Divo At The Coliseum" made during the 2008 festival. The night setting in the Coliseum is gorgeous and it was this video that made us decide to spend some time in Pula on our next holiday.

Visited September 2012
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Madison, Wisconsin
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“Have you ever stood in the middle of an anciet Roman arena?”
Reviewed October 1, 2012

No, I didn't think so.

This Arena was quiet possibly the oldest thing I have ever seen. It's hard to really wrap your head around how old it is. Especially once you see how well preserved it is. Honestly, you wouldn't think it was more than 100 years old. Incredible. I loved that we were able to roam around inside the arena pretty much unrestricted. It made it that much more amazing. What is even more amazing is the fact that they still use this area for concerts and such.

There is an entrance fee, but it's worth it.

Visited September 2012
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Pula, Croatia
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Reviewed September 28, 2012

When you are in Istria, especially in Pula definitely need to see the Arena. If you are not a fan of Roman architecture, then do not go in because the entrance charge and it will be enough experience to see it from the outside, but if you are, then put on your comfortable shoes and head to the Arena. You will not regret it.
During the summer months there are a lot of cultural events in the Arena, from film festivals to a variety of concerts and I recommend that if you find yourself at this time in the vicinity to choose something according to your will, and enjoy this edition of Arena.

Visited August 2012
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