Follow the footsteps of the Romans in Pula
A city that will have already existed for 1000 years by the time Romans arrive here in 177 b. c. e.
Today, it has the highest concentration of ancient Roman monuments in all of Croatia. The most well-known attraction is definitely the amphitheater that, at the peak of its glory, could cater for 24000 people enjoying what they knew best: fights.
We will start discovering this major structure and continue following the old Roman road and the ancient walls, covering the remaining three gates, Dirce's mosaics as well as Augustus the Emperor's temple.
This Pula private tour will definitely make you more familiar with what the Roman way was.
In the Middle Ages, decimated by war and disease, the locals will lock themselves behind the city walls, preserving what was necessary to survive. The city will be back to its old glory in the 19th century when the Habsburg imperial authorities realize its enormous potential as the main naval base it was soon to become.
The city tour begins with the most iconic monument of roman times in Croatia- the amphitheatre in Pula.
Almost half of the entire visit of Pula is centered around this incredible piece of ancient engeneering. We will learn how these structures would have been built, why in specificly designated areas and what for.
Is this an amphitheatre, an arena or a colosseum?
If we already had theatres, what did we need these enormous structures for?
Who could afford to attend what was going on inside?
What happened in the middle ages to it?
What do Christians have to do with all of it?
These and many more questions will find their answer- the lecture is a comparative, amusing two way discussion about the good old times when all roads lead to Rome.
After the amphitheatre we continue in a circular way and chronologically foolow the still well preserved three roman gate structures: Double Archers, Hercules' Gate, Sergi's Arch at the old golden gate entrance.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: In front of the roman amphitheatre, at the ticket office.
At the dock, at the harbor (where cruise ships dock or tenders approach).
End location: At any specific point within the old town limits.
Duration: 2 hours
This is a private walking tour; the tour is a 2 hour walk including several stops at the city's monuments.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
50 Croatian Kuna (HRK) - Drinks and/or snacks.
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