The Pula Amphitheatre located on the coast of Croatia is remarkably intact. [Photo taken by Adria Hirsch from our tour group.] It was crowded with tourists the day we visited; but I suspect it is less crowded than the more well-known structures like Rome’s Colosseum . Visit to the “basement” of the amphitheater where once lions and other exotic animals and gladiators waited before their turn for a battle to the end. All for the enjoyment of the elite and ordinary civilians--around 20,000 could fill this arena--although I find it hard to understand the watching pleasure as the beasts tear a human apart. Today’s events include music concerts and film festivals.
The subterranean level also displays found intact jugs or amphorae some still containing olive oil and wine. The bottoms rounded to allow rocking in the bottom of the ship. Think about it—this is close to 2,000 years old. Hard to wrap your head around, isn’t it?
Throughout the old town (Pula is a big city; the tourist portion is small and very easy to walk) you find more remnants of the Ancient Romans. Seems every time an “empty” lot is readied for a new building more ruins are found. Very much a working city, Pula has a grittier and busier feel to it than the places we have visited so far. Still a beautiful place by the Adriatic.