City Orientation Walk, Pula

The historic city of Pula - renowned for its beaches and Roman ruins - enjoys strategic location in a secluded harbor on the Adriatic coast of Croatia’s Istrian Peninsula. In the course of centuries, Pula has survived numerous invasions – first by The Romans, then Venetians, and finally by the Allied Forces during World War II – all of which have left their mark on the face of the city. The most notable local attraction, still, remains the ancient Amphitheater somewhat resembling that of Rome. To comfortably explore this and other architectural treasures of Pula, follow this orientation walk!
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: Croatia » Pula (See other walking tours in Pula)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 15
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km
Author: Cathy
Arena Amphitheater

1) Arena Amphitheater (must see)

The Pula Arena Amphitheater is the only remaining Roman amphitheatre to have four side towers and with all three Roman architectural orders entirely preserved. It is among the six largest surviving Roman arenas in the World. A rare example among the 200 Roman surviving amphitheatres, it is also the best preserved ancient monument in Croatia.

The Arena was built between 27 BC - 68 AD, as the city of Pula became a regional centre of Roman rule, called Pietas Julia. The name was derived from the...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Church of Saint Anthony

2) Church of Saint Anthony

The Church of Saint Anthony was named after Saint Anthony of Padua. The church was built in the simple Romanesque style, and the strong structure has withstood the test of time. The church was built with the help of several famous specialists, including architect Eng. Guido Brass, stone master Sebastiano Bianchini and other notable experts. The tower of the church, at a height of 45 meters, can be seen from all the corners of the...   view more
Tito's Park

3) Tito's Park

Tito's Park is popular with tourists because of its location near the sea. It was founded in 1940. In 1957, Vanja Radaus built a monument here in memory of the heroes who died during WWII. The park has a range of exotic trees and plants. These include the Japanese Cherry, Aleppo Pine and...   view more
Twin Gates (Porta Gemina)

4) Twin Gates (Porta Gemina) (must see)

Porta Gemina is a double arched gate, built at the turn of 2nd to 3rd century A.D. Today it serves as the entrance to the Archaeological museum. Mostly probable that the gate stood at the entrance to the theater, and due to that it has a decorative...   view more
Archaeological Museum of Istria

5) Archaeological Museum of Istria (must see)

The Archaeological Museum of Istria opened in 1902. The museum has several collections - prehistoric, ancient, late ancient and medieval. In addition to its exhibits, the museum is responsible for maintaining a number of ancient sites in the city such as the Arena Amphitheater, the Temple of Diana, the Double Door and many others. The Hall Museum opened to the public in 1930. Over the years, it has undergone several renovations. Its permanent collection is complemented by new finds from...   view more
The Gate of Hercules (Herkulova vrata)

6) The Gate of Hercules (Herkulova vrata) (must see)

Pula is best known for its many surviving ancient Roman buildings. The Gate of Hercules dates from the 1st century. At the top of the single arch one can see the bearded head of Hercules, carved in high-relief, and his club on the adjoining voussoir. A damaged inscription, close to the club, contains the names of Lucius Calpurnius Piso and Gaius Cassius Longinus who were entrusted by the Roman senate to found a colony at the site of Pula. Thus it can be deduced that Pula was founded between 47...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Small Roman Theatre

7) Small Roman Theatre (must see)

The Small Roman Theatre built in the 2nd century is the only one that survived in the city (besides the amphitheatre). The semicircular orchestra and tired section for the audience have partly been...   view more
Triumphal Arch of the Sergii

8) Triumphal Arch of the Sergii (must see)

Arch of the Sergii is an Ancient Roman triumphal arch located in Pula. The arch commemorates three brothers of the Sergii family, specifically Lucius Sergius Lepidus, a tribune serving in the twenty-ninth legion that participated in the Battle of Actium and disbanded in 27 BC. The arch stood behind the original naval gate of the early Roman colony. The Sergii were a powerful family of officials in the colony and retained their power for centuries.

The honorary triumphal arch, originally a...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Chapel of Saint Maria Formose

9) Chapel of Saint Maria Formose (must see)

The Byzantine chapel of St. Mary Formosa was built in the 6th century in the form of a Greek cross, resembling the churches in Ravenna. It was built by deacon Maximilian, who later became Archbishop of Ravenna. It was, together with another chapel, part of a Benedictine abbey that was demolished in the 16th century. The floors and the walls are decorated with 6th-century mosaics. The decoration bears some resemblance to the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia at Ravenna. The wall over the door contains...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Temple of Augustus

10) Temple of Augustus (must see)

The Temple of Augustus is a well-preserved Roman temple in the city of Pula. Dedicated to the first Roman emperor, Augustus, it was probably built during the emperor's lifetime at some point between 2 BC and his death in AD 14. It was built on a podium with a tetrastyle prostyle porch of Corinthian columns and measures about 8 m (26 ft) by 17.3 m (57 ft). The richly decorated frieze is similar to that of a somewhat larger and older temple, the Maison Carrée in Nîmes, France.

The...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Pula Communal Palace

11) Pula Communal Palace (must see)

The Communal Palace is situated at the northern end of the main square of the old part of the City of Pula, called the Forum Square. The spot occupied by the Palace has been used for the public buildings since the Roman times, when the place was used as a part of the triade of Roman temples, of which today only Temple of Augustus remains. As the city prospered, there was a need to construct a dedicated place which would serve as a city hall, so the construction of the new city hall, at the site...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Franciscan Church and Monastery

12) Franciscan Church and Monastery (must see)

The Church of St. Francis was built in 1314 in the late Romanesque style with Gothic additions such as the rose window. The church consists of a single nave with three apses. An unusual feature of this church is the double pulpit, with one part projecting into the street. A 15th-century wooden polyptych from an Emilian artist adorns the altar. The west portal is decorated with shell motifs and a rose window. The adjoining monastery dates from the 14th century. The cloisters display some antique...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Fortress and Historical Museum of Istria

13) Fortress and Historical Museum of Istria

The Fortress of Pula was built in a strategic location on the bay of Pula where a medieval Roman castle once stood. The fort was designed by French military engineer Antoine De Ville between 1631 and 1633. It was part of the defense system of Pula during the 17th century, which included the fortress on the island of St. Andrew and two defensive embankments. The first embankment stood along what is today Castropola Street, while the second stood on the perimeter of city's medieval walls. The...   view more
Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

14) Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (must see)

The Pula Cathedral or fully the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a co-cathedral in Pula. Along with the Euphrasian Basilica it is one of the two official seats of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Poreč and Pula. The church is located on the south side of the Pula bay at the foot of the hill with the 17th century Venetian fort. The site of the present-day church has been used for religious worship since ancient Roman times and the first Christian churches on the site were...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia

15) Marina

The Marina Yachting Club is home to a number of yachts and catamarans of all shapes and sizes. The berths range up to 1,500 meters in length. The marina is located in a place where wind is not a great concern for boaters. The marina complex has several restaurants, shops and a sports...   view more

Walking Tours in Pula, Croatia

Create Your Own Walk in Pula

Create Your Own Walk in Pula

Creating your own self-guided walk in Pula is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Pula Shopping Tour

Pula Shopping Tour

Pula is a town with a rich culinary and cultural history. Visit the city's most popular markets to find everything from truffles and olive oil to honey and lavender. Scour the stores for beautiful hand-crafted souvenirs. Take this tour to visit the most notable markets and stores in Pula.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 km
Tour of Pula's Veruda District

Tour of Pula's Veruda District

Veruda is a very beautiful area of Pula. It is rich in tourist attractions, but it is most popular for its white-sand beaches and bays. After you've enjoyed lounging at the beach, be sure to visit the Naval Park, the Naval Cemetery and the Church of Our Lady of the Sea. Take this tour to explore Pula's fascinating Veruda District.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.5 km
Daily Life Tour of Pula

Daily Life Tour of Pula

Pula is a very attractive city and has many interesting historical and modern landmarks to visit and admire. The markets of Pula are especially worth a visit, due to their lively and colorful atmosphere. Barbara's Restaurant is a great place to take a break and try some traditional Croatian food. Take this tour to get a sense of life in the town of Pula.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 km
Nightlife Tour of Pula

Nightlife Tour of Pula

Pula has a vibrant nightlife, and prices are lower her than in the surrounding cities. Because Pula is on the sea, there are a number of bars and discos you can visit to enjoy the beautiful view and refreshing sea breeze. Take this tour to check out Pula's best bars, nightclubs and discos.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km