It's not often you see a piece of ancient history that is as well preserved as the Roman Ampitheatre in Pula. Situated on the Italian facing, southern tip of the Istrian Peninsula, this amazing piece of architecture dates back to the 1st Century BC.....So if you get the chance to see Pula's amphitheatre, we think you'll be amazed by this limestone 'arena' that could hold over 23,000 spectators in its heyday in 27BC. One of the 6 largest 'arenas' left in the world, it stands over 100ft tall, with 15 gates and 'perfumed filled' cisterns in the towers to keep spectators refreshed during the action.
But that's not all you'll find on a 'Roadschooling' lesson across the peninsula... There's plenty of History to be found across the whole of Istria due to the reigns of the Ostrogots, Franks, Romans & Venetians (see more here)
If you follow our journey, you'll have seen we've discovered some amazing learning opportunities on our roadtrip around over 33+ European Countries ....New 'Edventures' like our Sicily article for 'Freedom to Go' or today's adventures in Istria seem to happen each and every day!! Allowing our girls to travel to new places around Europe, increasingly confident to meet new people and discover new cultures. Everyday seems to bring a different classroom with a new view!! (Even gaining us a mention in this EduQuip article about 'World Schooling Families')
Encouraging history being brought to life is one of the most amazing gifts we can give our children, so standing in the WW1 trenches in the Somme or seeing examples of stunning Roman Architecture across Europe (from Segovia to Hadrians Wall to Pula) It simply overwhelms every sense and provides a series of fantastic opportunities to learn about this period of European History.
Leaving behind our stunning campsite pitch at Camping Orsera, we've discovered the uncomplicated yet endearing peninsula of Istria cushioned between the turquoise Italian facing shores on it's west and the deep azure blue waters of the eastern Adriatic coastline. Abundant vegetation tumbles down rolling hillsides to centuries old historic towns and picturesque Istrian villages that combine with the natural beauty of the countryside. There's even a reminder of enjoyable days in Flåm, Norway with the impressive Limski Fjord and it's olive farms and roadside wine tasting stalls (see above picture)
Camping Orsera is another from the chain of 'Camping Adriatic' campsites that have given us such great stays recently including Camping Resort Krk, Camping Marina or Camping San Marino on Rab. The pitches at Orsera sit peacefully amongst a grassy campsite, with each pitch enjoying superb ocean views towards the tiniest of Croatian Islands....
It has got some excellent facilities, with great food served in the restaurant and plenty of green open spaces for the kids to play ball, enjoy the climbing frames or even grab a piping hot shower.... But this is a campsite for those who opt for a view over facilities or who prefer location over campsite activities... The view below shows it all, as we've enjoyed a spacious corner plot that overlooks the gently lapping waves...
But for those of you who either love exploring, or have children that need to 'burn off a little energy'... you'll love Camping Orsera's location... Only 40mins south to an easy parking spot beside the amphitheatre and harbour in Pula... you can head northwards to explore the Roman Settlement of Poreč in 15mins.
If you've missed our recent visit to the truly stunning island of 'Korčula' (see drone footage/video here)... there is a certain similarity... set on an island, it has plenty of winding alleways to explore... but this is very much a planed settlement... Full of Roman flagstones/cobbles, symmetrical roads, there is clear evidence of Italian architecture in each building... So whilst Korčula is very much Greek, Poreč is undeniably Italian!
So if you do head across to the sunny shores of Croatia, don't just head for the Dalmatian Coastline or the abundant Croatian Islands... spare a thought for Istria, as you won't be dissapointed!
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