Pula is the largest city in Istria County, situated at the southern tip of the Istria peninsula. It is known for its multitude of ancient Roman buildings, the most famous of which is the Pula Arena, the 6th largest Colosseum in the world, built in 1st century A.D. Below you can read 6 facts about Istria’s City of Tolerance.
1. Pula Amphitheater

The Amphitheater is located in the center of Pula. It’s the only remaining Roman Colosseum to have a four sided tower. As we previously said, it is built in the 1st century A.D. The Colosseum accommodated gladiator fights until 5th century. In the Middle Ages it was used for fairs, tournaments and for grazing. Today, the arena is used as a venue for festivals, concerts, cinematic works and sports games.

2. The Temple of Augustus

3. The City of Tolerance

People of Pula have been accepting refugees even in the old Greek myths. They have always offered a helping hand to those in need and supported others regardless of their religion, nationality or race.

4. Home of a boxing world champion

At the age of 10, the Croatian light heavyweight boxing champion Mate Parlov moved to Pula. In his amateur boxing career he was an Olympic gold medalist, a world champion and two times European champion. In his professional career he won both WBC and EBU light heavyweight titles.

5. The best protected port

Considering that Pula is tucked into the mainland for 4km, we can say that it is fairly geographically protected. But in the time of the Austo-Hungarian Empire, Pula had dozens of forts and was kept safe by 562 cannons.

6. Festivals

During summer, the amphitheatre holds a series of concerts and festivals. From classical music to reggae, hip hop, electronic, pop and more!


Brijuni is a national park that consists of fourteen island and is very close to Pula. After World War II the Brijuni became part of Yugoslavia and Josip Broz Tito made them his personal State Summer Residence. Many former presidents met with Tito on Brijuni, along with film stars including Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren, Richard Burton, Gina Lollobrigida etc.


Plenty of diplomats used to bring exotic animals as a gift so today, Brijuni have its own Safari Park including the nilgai, zebu, Asian elephant, different zebra species, a waterbuck and plenty of autonomous animal species. Strolling around the safari, you can see a 1700 year old olive tree.


The islands had Ancient Roman settlements. It is still possible to find ruins of a Roman villas built in 1st century AD and the ruins of Byzantine Castrum. A civilian settlement that stretches on an area greater than one hectare. Also, there is a fortified Bronze Age settlement with well preserved walls, entrance and necropolis.


More than 200 dinosaur footprints have been discovered on the islands. It is believed that dinosaurs walked Brijuni 100 million years ago.

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