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Culture and history
Take a seat in the amphitheatre
Formidable in size and impressive in stature, the Roman amphitheatre towers overhead in Pula's town centre. This venue is over 20 centuries old and continues to entertain the crowds as it always has. As well as embarking on tours of the amphitheatre and museum, you can also attend one of the many shows and concerts performed here.
The Virgin's cathedral
The 5th-century Pula Cathedral has suffered more fires and destruction that can be told. Only a handful of its original details can still be seen today. Behind the Renaissance-style façade, the nave is understated. One of its crown jewels is a 3rd-century sarcophagus.
As you make your way uphill, the castle finally crests the city's heights. Designed in the 17th century, this fortress is the perfect spot from which to admire views of Pula's bay and port. Inside the castle, a museum given over to the history of Pula and Istria is bursting with intriguing objects and accounts.
People-watch on the forum's terraces
The forum is a stunning square that was built in the first century BC, a vibrant landmark that has been bustling since the Roman times. Grab a table and a drink on one of the café terraces while you marvel at the spectacular surrounding buildings. Summer is particularly enchanting, with free concerts and shows bringing the square to life.
An Art Nouveau market
Just five minutes away from the Arch of the Sergii, Pula's market is worth a visit for its architecture alone, as well as its lavish stalls. Built in 1902, the market is a masterful blend of glass and iron. Stroll around the stalls laden with fish, fruit, cheese and delicious pastries.
Fuži is an Istrian classic: pasta made in a narrow tube shape, with a huge variety of sauces and sides. Fuži in a truffle sauce is one of the region's best-loved dishes: the pasta is served with a black or white truffle sauce topped with truffle shavings.
Fritule is also sometimes called kroštule. These small doughnuts are traditionally enjoyed during the carnival, shaped into strips or flowers. Fritules are flavoured with lemon or orange zest, with an added drop of locally-made lemon liqueur sometimes thrown in for good measure.
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