Pula Small-Group Walking Tour

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 2 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    10am, 5 pm
  • Departure Details :
    Pula Arena, Flavijevska ul., 52100, Pula, Croatia
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Take part on this cultural 2-hour walking of Pula and learn about the city's Roman history and past.

Highlights

  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Step back in time on a history tour

Know More about this 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.

 

Inclusions

Licensed tour guide

Entry/Admission - Amphitheatre de Pula

Exclusions

Gratuities

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Entrance fee to Pula Arena (prepare 50 kn)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Dress code is smart casual

Tour requires a minimum of two full price adult bookings to operate. In the event of the tour being cancelled due to not meeting the minimum booking requirements, you will receive a full refund.

Wheelchair accessible

Stroller accessible

Service animals allowed

Near public transportation

Infant seats available

Most travelers can participate

This experience requires good weather. If its canceled due to poor weather, youll be offered a different date or a full refund

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers

Traveler Reviews

  • 17-Jun-2022

    We took in the Arena and walked the old town along the route described in the website with a guide named Miriam while on a Rick Steves Tour of the Adriatic. I am guessing a bit, but I believe this is the guide we used. I have already described our tour of the amphitheatre on that page, so I will begin in the Titov Park where there is a bronze relief map of Pula where our guide pointed out the route we would take and the more significant sites. She also explained more of the history of the town from pre-Roman, Roman, Venetian, Austro-Hungarian and Tito periods. The tour then took us down Kandlerova ul to the Forum square and into Ul Sergijevaca until we reached the Arco del Sergei. From there we walked up Giardini and back to the amphitheatre where the bus was parked. The route takes you past an array of different architecture including of course Roman such as the Temple of Augustus in the Forum or Grad Pula. But there are also Venetian buildings with their typical balconies and carved lions, Austro-Hungarian buildings with baroque finishes, the more utilitarian buildings of Tito's time, and modern architecture built or renovated more recently following the war. The guide pointed out the hospital and a curious park in front of it dedicated to writers and artists (reflective of the art school next door), the Cathedral and bell tower, and routes up to the castle up narrow side streets. She pointed out Agrippina's house and stopped at the mosaic floor called the Punishment of Dirce which is tucked behind some shops. She pointed out good restaurants and cafes, stopped at the market (which was closed) and finally reached the Arco del Sergei which was built in Roman times by a wealthy family and has dedications to family members. For the short time we had available, the tour was enlightening and very enjoyable.

  • 05-Jul-2017

    I love history and have been on many Viatour Small-Group Walking Tours in different countries. Whilst our guide was very good and knowledgeable, this tour was so very simple that it would have been far cheaper to buy the guided headset for the Ampitheatre. The walk around the town is literally a circle - you could not get lost and, on a value for money basis, I do not think the price was warranted.

  • 05-Jul-2017

    I love history and have been on many Viatour Small-Group Walking Tours in different countries. Whilst our guide was very good and knowledgeable, this tour was so very simple that it would have been far cheaper to buy the guided headset for the Ampitheatre. The walk around the town is literally a circle - you could not get lost and, on a value for money basis, I do not think the price was warranted.