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Days 4-5
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The administrative hub of Istria is appealing because it's a working city, not just a tourist destination. There's plenty here for the visitor, including a fine selection of restaurants and extensive Roman architecture.
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  • Check out the amphitheater and Forum. Both of these structures date to Roman times; the amphitheater is the sixth-largest of its type in the world.
  • The Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary was built in the 4th century and features a Roman mosaic floor. The building was extensively remodeled in the 18th century.
  • The Kastel, or castle, is a 17th-century Venetian fortress. Today it's also home to the Historical Museum of Istria.


  • The Pula Film Festival is held the third week in July.
  • Histria, an annual summer music festival, runs from June through August.

Side Trips

  • Take the ferry to explore Nacionalni Park Brijuni, which spans several islands.
  • Vodnjan is home to an 18th-century church with the highest basilica in Istria.

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