Welcome to Pula
The wealth of Roman architecture makes otherwise workaday Pula (ancient Polensium) a standout among Croatia’s larger cities. The star of the show is the remarkably well-preserved Roman amphitheatre, smack in the heart of the city, which dominates the streetscape and doubles as a venue for summer concerts and festivals.Historical attractions aside, Pula is a busy commercial city on the sea that has managed to retain... Read More
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Istria Private Full Day Trip from Zagreb
Istria has become known for the highest quality truffles - especially the white truffle that can rival those of Italian regions of Alba and Piedmont. Truffles were appreciated by the Romans - they were believed to have grown as the result of God Jupiter throwing a lightning to an oak tree. On this trip you will visit three cities: Pula - the largest city in Istria. The most famous sight in Pula – of course – is the Roman amphitheatre, which is called The Arena. Built during the 1st century AD and completed under the reign of Emperor Flavius, the amphitheatre is the sixth largest in the world (of those that still exist). Motovun - a city-monument. An ancient Istrian acropolis city situated on the top of a 277 meter-high hill whose current appearance originates from the Middle Ages, the 12th and 13th century. The longest Istrian stairway with 1052 stairs leads to the top of the Motovun hill and its Venetian city square. Hum - the smallest city on Earth! According to the legend, Hum was built with the stones left over when giants were building towns in the river Mirna valley. Apart from being famous for being the smallest city in the world, recently Hum became popular for biska, a brandy spiced with mistletoe and made according to an old recipe originating from Hum.
7 Day Istria Active Tour
Starting from Pula airport. Short itinerary:Day 1: arrival to Pula and check in. Free time for a night out in Pula.Day 2: Kayaking in RovinjDay 3: Quad safari and adrenaline park in inner IstriaDay 4: Cycling through Istrian hilltopsDay 5: Visit to Poreč and RovinjDay 6: Ziplining in PazinDay 7: Hiking Učka mountainDay 8: tour ends, Departure from Pula Flexibility if decided to make changes in schedule. Small and friendly group of people. One day activity-free optional for relaxing on the beach. The tour can be modified according to your wishes and suggestions. The tour can be modified according to activity difficulty level.
Cagliari Half-day Tour from Chia
Join this tour during which you will visit the historic districts of this town rich in culture and history. Start the walking tour of about 1-2 hours, from the lower to the higher points of the city, or from the top of the hills down to the small streets of the city centre, depending on guests' needs and requests. A guide will accompany you to visit the monuments, churches and most important places, such as the Crypt of Santa Restituta and Sant'Efisio, the Dome of Cagliari and other small churches, the Pisan Walls and Towers.In Cagliari, monuments and historic sites aren't open to visitors every day. The opening times may vary from place to place and some of these monuments may be closed without prior notice, due to exclusive events or important ceremonies. At the end of the tour we will visit Santa Chiara's Food Market, where you can taste delicious Sardinian wines and cheese. Upon previous request, we will be able to drive you to the Poetto Beach and the pictoresque San Benedetto's Market (in this case the tour of the city centre will be shorter). For guests staying in Pula and Chia, there will be a stop for a short birdwatching break in the Lagoon of Santa Gilla to see the beautiful pink flamingos. The same itinerary is also offered by car, as a stop and go tour for the ones that prefer not to walk (in this case it won't be possible to visit the monuments inside, but just a stop in front of them to take some photos).
Istria Private Day Trip from Pula
You will be picked up from your hotel, then driven to sights that you have previously chosen and advised via mail. For example, if you are in a hotel in Pula, you could be picked up at 9 am and then be driven to Motovun. There you could have a ham, cheese and truffle products tasting in a local shop. Then have a walking tour of the city. When you are done, you could have lunch in one of the local Konobas, something typical like truffles or similar. After lunch, go to Rovinj and do a sightseeing walking tour. Depending on the speed, you can have some free time in the cities, which would allow you to do something on your own as well. Usually you would be back to your hotel at approximately 5:00pm.
Pula Small-Group Walking Tour
The earliest record of a permanent settlement in Pula dates back to the 10th century BC. Your tour will begin with a visit to the Amphitheater where gladiators fought. It was built in the 1st-century AD during the reign of emperor Vespasian at the same time the greatest and most famous building of its kind was constructed: the Roman Colosseum. The particular structure of the Pula amphitheater exemplifies all the traditional methods of ancient construction, setting it aside from others. The underground passages once used by gladiators today display a permanent exhibition called Olive and Viticulture in Ancient Istria, which presents reconstructions of mills, presses and other machines once used for the production of olive oil and wine as well as amphorae that were used for their storage and transport. From the Arena, your tour continues as you walk past the Hercules temple on your way to the town cathedral, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The site of the present-day church has been used for religious worship since ancient Roman times, with the first Christian churches having been built int the late 4th and early 5th centuries. Next, arrive at the center of everyday Roman life: the Forum Romanum, where you will see the Temple of Augustus, dedicated to the goddess Roma and its namesake emperor. Pula Communal Palace sits just beside the temple. The Gothic-style building was constructed mostly with old Roman temples. Next, you will see the Chapel of St. Maria Formosa, an architectural masterpiece. It is one of the two sixth-century chapels built as part of a large Benedictine abbey that was demolished in the 16th century. Its floor and walls were decorated in mosaics, and it was built in the style of Ravenna churches, the only difference being the use of stone instead of brick. Next, step back into Roman times by passing through the Golden Gate, a triumphal arch erected by the Sergi, a prominent Roman family. From there, you will be directed towards the double doors, so called because of the two arches through which one enters the inner courtyard. Remains of city walls are also visible on the same site. Next visit the castle, through one of the perpendicular paths that lead to the top of the city's central hill where a star-shaped castle with four bastions was built in 1630. Your tour ends at another magnificent Roman gathering place: the Small Roman Theater. The remains of scene, semicircular orchestra and tired section for the audience have partly been reconstructed. The special blend of Roman, Byzantine and Venetian heritage with the spirit of Austro-Hungarian empire and Croatian tradition will keep this ancient bilingual city in your heart forever.
Pula Roman Heritage Walking Tour
Your tour begins with a short overview of ancient Pula in front of the Golden Gate, a triumphal arch erected by the Sergi, a prominent Roman family. Passing through the arch, your expert local guide will take you back through history. Walking through the streets of Roman Pula, you will see the remains of Roman homes near the chapel of St. Mary Formoza as well as fantastic examples of Roman mosaic art. Next, arrive at the center of everyday Roman life: the Forum Romanum, where you will see the Temple of Augustus, dedicated to the goddess Roma and its namesake emperor. Stop for some coffee or tea before moving on to explore the Roman Empire. Visit the remains of an amphitheater that once stood outside the city walls on the hillside of Zaro and from there, you will be directed towards the double doors, so called because of their two arches. Remains of the old city wall are also visible. Simple stone-block doors stand between two Medieval towers while the head of Hercules and his truncheon are carved into the top of a damaged arch. Next, you will visit the Amphitheater where gladiators fought, the pinnacle of Pula's Roman heritage. It was built in the 1st-century AD during the reign of emperor Vespasian at the same time the greatest and most famous building of its kind was constructed: the Roman Colosseum.The particular structure of the Pula amphitheater exemplifies all the traditional methods of ancient construction, setting it aside from others. The underground passages once used by gladiators today display a permanent exhibition calledOlive and Viticulture in Ancient Istria, which presents reconstructions of mills, presses and other machines once used for the production of olive oil and wine as well as amphorae that were used for their storage and transport.In front of the world's sixth largest Roman amphitheater, you will complete your journey through Roman Pula with a memory of the glorious past of the Roman Empire, a heritage we all still imitate and live today.