Istria, the largest peninsula of the Adriatic Sea, is situated close to Venice and Italy. Usually described as the ‘Croatian Tuscany’ because of its green interior, narrow roads, vineyards and medieval hill towns and villages. It is perfect for a holiday in a countryside, enjoying very good local wine and delicious local food.
Pula is the largest city in Istria, situated at the southern tip of the Istria peninsula. Pula’s pride rests in its wide array of Roman monuments, most impressive of which is the magnificent Arena, erected in 27 B.C. After Rome’s Colosseum, today it is arguably the finest and most intact Roman amphitheater in the world. Michelangelo and Piranesi took inspiration from the nearby Triumphal Arch of the Sergii, distinguished by its coffered archways and winged Victory statues. The noble Temple of Augustus, still intact after 2,000 years, displays a beautiful collection of friezes.