Archaeological findings show that Pula had already been established as a settlement long before the 1st century B.C. Once the Romans conquered this city, Pula grew rapidly and under the first Roman emperor, Augustus, it became an important regional centre and temples, theatres, a forum and an amphitheatre were built.
You can easily walk into the midst of the monuments that date from the Roman period. It is amazing to see them sitting amongst modern day life. We will pass first through the Zerostrasse, a unique underground passage and arrive at the main square Forum. There, on the northern part once stood two twin temples and a central one dedicated to Jupiter, Juno and Minerva, but today you will see the Temple of Augustus which has been fully preserved. The Temple is dedicated to goddess Roma and Emperor Augustus and was constructed between the year 2 BC and AD 14 when the Emperor died.
By following ancient walls we will arrive to other monuments of great importance among which the most beautiful are the Triumphal Arch of the Sergi - Golden Gate erected between the years 29 and 27 BC by the Sergi family and the Gate of Hercules probably first that Romans built at mid-1st century BC when they arrived to Pula.
Our tour will visit the most famous and important monument, the symbol of Pula – Amphitheater, popularly called the Arena of Pula. The amphitheater was built in the 1st century AD during the reign of Emperor Vespasian, at the same time as the magnificent Colosseum in Rome. The center was once the site of gladiator fights, that took place in the central flat area called the arena, while the spectators could sit on the stone tiers or stand in the gallery. It is believed
that the Amphitheater could seat about 20,000 spectators. In its underground passages we will also have opportunity to see a regular exhibition of viticulture and olive growing in Istria in ancient times.
The streets are dotted with cafes and shops. You will have some free time to explore them on your own. After finishing the sightseeing, you will return to Rovinj.
Departures: 09:00 AM,
Meeting instructions: Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.
Special instructions: - Though there is some walking, this is an easy tour.
- Please dress comfortably.
- Admissions are not included in the tour cost.
- Food and beverages are not included in this tour.