Pula Arena (Pula Amphitheatre)
Explore the remains of the Pula Arena independently or on a tour that delves deeper into the history of the landmark. Walk across the vast stage, where gladiator fights and knights’ tournaments once took place; climb into galleries where Roman spectators sat; and peek into underground passageways that were once used by the gladiators and are now home to an exhibition on viticulture and olive oil production.
The amphitheatre is still in use as a venue; it hosts outdoor performances such as operas, films, equestrian festivals, and concerts during the summer months. Most impressive is the Spectacula Antiqua, a dramatic Roman gladiator-inspired show.
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Things to Know Before You Go
Pula Arena (Pula Amphitheatre) is a must-visit attraction for history buffs.
There’s an admission fee to visit the arena; tickets for shows and concerts must be booked in advance.
Wear comfortable shoes that are suitable for walking over uneven ground and up steps.
Audio guides are available in multiple languages including English.
Some parts of the archaeological site are wheelchair-accessible, but steps and uneven ground mean that it’s not possible to fully explore the amphitheater.
How to Get There
Pula Arena is located just outside of Pula’s old city walls along Via Flavia. It’s easy to reach the arena on foot; it’s a 10-minute walk from central attractions such as the Venetian Fortress. Alternatively, hop-on hop-off sightseeing buses stop right outside.
When to Get There
Pula Arena is open daily year-round, from 9am-5pm in the winter months, and 8am-8pm or 11pm in the summer months. Concerts and shows are held on select evenings from mid-June to early September.
Historic Highlights of Pula
As a strategic port town along the Istrian Peninsula, Pula was occupied by the Romans, Venetians, and Austro-Hungarian empire; vestiges of its rich history are scattered throughout the city. After visiting the Pula Arena, don’t miss the Roman-era Arch of the Sergii, which dates back to 30 BC; the Gate of Hercules; and the 2000-year-old Temple of Augustus, which stands on Forum Square. There’s also the Kastel, a Venetian Fortress from the 17th century; an Austro-Hungarian-era fort by the harbor; and the city’s Archaeological Museum, home to artifacts dating back to the Stone Age.
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