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Pula - Croatia

Roman Amphitheatre, Pula

Pula is the largest town in Istria, a green region of Croatia with rolling hills stretching down to the rocky coast. The region is fertile and as such there are many stalls lining the roads selling locally produced wine and grappa as well as cheese and olives. The owners are happy for you to sample their wares, especially the many flavours of grappa until you are tipsy enough to buy a bottle.

Pula is a working city, but at its heart is a series of narrow pedestrianised streets surrounding the ruined Venetian fortress. These wind around the hill from the triumphal arch in the main square and are full of pavement cafes and tourist shops.

The main attraction in Pula is the Roman amphitheatre, one of the largest and best preserved in the world. Built to hold 20,000 people, the outer arches are still pretty much intact. The amphitheatre is still used today as at atmospheric venue for concerts during the summer months.

 

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