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Pula is situated on the southwest coast if the Istrian peninsula in a small valley surrounded by hilltops. Pula is one of the best natural ports on the Adriatic and the biggest one in Istria.

The first settlement in this area (Histra) dates back 3 thousand years. A more intensive urban development begins with the arrival of Romans when Pula gains status of a Roman colony under the name Colonia Pietas Iulia Pola. During the 7th century the area is inhabited by Croats. After 1331, Pula came under the rule of Venice which was more interested in using the port as a transit point toward the Middle East, than in the development of the city. With the fall of Venice in 1797, Pula came under the rule of Austria, and it began a more intensive phase of development, especially since 1856 when it became the main base of Austrian navy.

Its stormy history left a number of valuable monuments to cultural heritage: the Roman Arena, the triumphal arch of the Sergious, Augustus’ temple, the Dual gate, the city palace, etc.
Thanks to Mediterranean climate, natural richness and tourist resorts with a rich and diverse service, Pula soon becomes a well known tourist destination. The beginnings of tourist development are recorded at the end of 19th century when the railroad was built.

The History Museum of Istria as well as the Archeological Museum of Istria are taking care of a rich museum structure of the town and region’s long history. Today, Pula is known as a cultural center for the Arena hosts the annual traditional Festival of Croatian Film every year. There are also many musical festivals and concerts. In the last few years the Arena is becoming more and more popular as a concert stage, and has been used as such by many famous international stars like: Placido Domingo, Eros Ramazotti, Sting, and many others.