Today, we all have mobile phones and many people more than ever look after their physical condition and health. In this regard, many phones can count the steps and monitor other physical activities. Some of these numbers are there to inform you, and for some, it is a challenge to be conquered. Usually, there is an objective limit of 10,000 steps per day, which is about 8 km of walking. Now, I want to challenge you to start to walk more, and when you visit Pula in Croatia, you can walk along my route and cross over 10,000 steps. Sounds good enough? Let's go for a challenge and a walk around Pula.
Pula is one of the most beautiful small towns in Croatia. It is located in the westernmost Croatian county - Istria. Pula is famous for its ancient history, especially since it is home to one of the most beautiful and most interesting arenas in the world. Also, Pula is ideal for walking and enjoying because it is not a big city, and it is pretty plain.
These 10,000 steps we will start from the most beautiful and largest Roman cultural monument - from the spectacular Pula Arena. The Arena is 20 centuries old, and it's really fascinating how it is well-preserved knowing what it has survived. It is located in Flavijska Street, although you do not need addresses or maps to find it. The Pula Arena is impossible to bypass. After the admiration of arena's arches and the 2000-year-old architectural masterpiece, we are going to the Amphitheatre Street, and only one century back (the mid-1900s) to the Tito's Park. This small park can serve as a short break but also a reminder of the years when Pula and Istria were part of Yugoslavia, a country that no longer exists. In front of the park, there is a small model of the city of Pula, so you can also see it from the birds-eye perspective. We will discover Istrian modern art in the Museum of Contemporary Art of Istria, which is located next to Tito's Park.
Not far from the park and museum, there is one rarity - Zerostrasse or a network of underground tunnels of Pula. This tunnel network was created during the First World War. Tunnels can accommodate up to 50,000 people. Today, these tunnels are an attraction for all tourists, but also for the citizens of Pula and serve partly as a museum space. After the beginning of the 20th century, we are again returning to antiquity. We will arrive at the Roman Theater in only a few minutes. Here, we are on about 1000th step, and a short visit to the Roman Theater will serve as a real relief. A place worth visiting and admiring.
You can read about the Roman spirit of the city and the legacy of the great Romans in a special story. And what you should see in this walk is the Roman Theater on the eastern side of Pula Castle (Venetian Fortress), then the Arch of the Sergii or the Golden Arch, where you can sit down with James Joyce and have a cup of coffee. Indeed, the James Joyce statue is there because the author spent one year (at the beginning of the 20th century) right here in Pula. After a break and a coffee, a few more hundred steps, and you are already at the famous August Temple, and next to the Town Hall.
And before the end, a little bit of climbing. We will climb to Venetian Castle, where today, there is the Museum of History and Maritime within the walls, from where there is a spectacular view of the Arena in Pula, the sea and entire city, of course.
In the end, since there are still three thousand steps left, my advice is to go and walk through the waterfront (Riva), go to the port or Fažana, where you are waiting for the transport to Brijuni and the safari in the middle of Europe. Pula is worth walking and absorbing its beauty and persistence. These 10,000 steps are enough, well, for the first day. And you can organize the other days as you wish, but you definitely met the challenge for one day and passed 10,000 steps in Pula.
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