Day 5: Istrian Peninsula
In the morning we ventured to Pula, where we toured one of the best preserved amphitheaters still in existence. During our visit, an ice hockey rink was being installed. Considering it was over 80 degrees and an ancient Roman site, I was more than a little surprised. There are concerts and other events at the amphitheater throughout the year. I love that they use it for practical purposes while preserving it at the same time.
-With a population of 57,000, Pula is the largest city on the Istrian Peninsula
-The city still functions as an industrial port town
-Part of the 1999 movie Titus with Anthony HopkinsandJessicaLangewas filmed in Pula’s amphitheater
They were cleaning the stone to make it look like it would have in its prime.
Below the amphitheater are the honey comb-like mazes where animals and gladiators were kept before the fight. This area is now a museum featuring a large collection of Roman amphorae (shown above). After the amphitheater tour, we explored the rest of the city with our local guide.
After we departed Pula, we stopped by Rovinj. It was beautiful but also very touristy. My dad and I trekked to the top of the hill and enjoyed exploring the narrow winding medieval streets along the way. The view from the top was spectacular.
You can climb to the top of the tower at the Church of St. Euphemia, however between my fear of heights and the ninety degree weather, I chose to forgo the tower and decided we’d rather sit at a café with a cold drink and people watch.