Luxury in Pula area: Rich in ancient history
The biggest city in Istria is located near the southern tip of the Istrian peninsula, at the foot of seven hills in magnificent unspoiled natural surroundings, with lovely views of the aquamarine waters of the Adriatic. Known for its mild climate and lovely sea, it also has a long tradition of fishing and winemaking, and shipbuilding. It houses the remains of many ancient Roman buildings, including the well-preserved, glorious amphitheatre. Unlike other Istrian destinations, Pula has a vibrant life apart from the tourist trade. Many centuries back, the Romans recognized the town's strategic value and made it their administrative command centre; in our day and time, tourists still realize this and make a luxury rental villa in Pula the headquarters for their summer holidays in Istria. It has become an internationally popular destination for tourists from all over the globe. The town centre is dotted with Roman ruins, amongst other the impressive Roman amphitheatre. Farms fields and the coastline keep watch over many Roman villas and temples that still lie buried under the soil and sand. Artists and architects from Michelangelo to Robert Adam studied and sketched the exceptionally well-preserved monument of the Triumphal Arch of Sergius.
Pula's historical centre of town is mainly devoted to business, government and commerce. When the locals want to enjoy themselves they head to Verudela peninsula only a few kilometres away. During the day, they relax on the beach and at night, they head to one of the restaurants or nightspots that are scattered across the peninsula. There is not a lot of activity or night life going on in the town centre unless there is an event at the amphitheatre. The ideal time to relax in your private rental chalet. Pula became known as one of the earliest sites of human presence. In its vicinity, in the cave called ‘andalja’, human remains that date back to one million years B.C. were found. It is possible to track dinosaur footprints on the nearby seashores and more valuable discoveries have been made at an undisclosed location near Bale. In the centre of town is the Roman Forum containing the Temple of Augustus. The Twin Gates are of the few remaining gates after the city walls were pulled down at the beginning of the 19th century. The city's old quarter of narrow streets, lined with Medieval and Renaissance buildings, are still covered with ancient Roman paving stones. The Church of St. Francis dates from the end of the 13th century.