The Arena in Pula Croatia
Day 3 in Croatia.
8.30am Had breakfast at the hotel.
9.20am Drove to Arena Pula
10.30am Reached Arena Of Pula. We took lots of photos. Also with the 2 guys dressed in Roman soldier costume, paid 20 Kuna to take picture with them.
Last night we asked the hotel waiter what we should see in Pula, he told us we should go to The Arena (Fighting Ring) of Pula. We drove 1 hour under the hot sun (30 – 32 degree). If you have interest in Roman antiquities this is a must-see in Croatia. This monument was built on the slope of a hillock. Measure at 132.5 and 105.1 m, and its maximum height measures 32.45 m. It is believed that construction works began already during the period of Augustus in 27 BC – 14 AD, and it can fit approximately 23 thousand people to watch gladiator fights. It has picturesque view and truly inspiring to stand in the center or sit in the stands and realize this is a 2000 year old building was used for fighting, fought for power and name. I closed my eyes and try to imagine how was the living back then.
Viticulture and Olive Oil Production in Istria During the Roman Period Exhibition located at the lower ground is a must visit while you’re still in the building, don’t miss it. There are artifacts, maps, pictures, with details about the Olive Oil Production and use in Roman times. Here some photos for you.
Before we leave, I bought 2 fridge magnets at the souvenir shop. Then we went to San AntonioCaffe Bar for drinks. After that we we drove 4 minutes to Temple of Augustus but there was no parking and due to hot weather, we decided to go out from the town.
1pm driving to a Restaurant of Hotel Miramar for lunch.