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Approximately 4½ Hours
Visit Pula -- a lively city at the southernmost end of the Istrian Peninsula. Pula is well known for its many surviving ancient Roman ruins, the most famous and best-preserved of which is the magnificent 1st-century AD Roman amphitheatre. Parts of the structure are so perfect and unworn that it would be easy to believe the Romans packed up and left only moments ago. Don't miss the basement of the amphitheatre, which will give you a sense of the gladiatorial contests held here until AD 400.
After a guided walking tour of Pula, you'll learn all about the olive oil that has been produced in the region for millennia, beginning with trees introduced by the Romans.
In the nearby village of Vodnjan, you'll visit the Chiavalon family farm -- famous for producing top-quality extra-virgin olive oils. Enjoy an olive oil tasting and a snack of delicious Croatian delicacies. The Chiavalons' oil is listed among the world's 15 top olive oils, and L'extravergine has declared it 'the most promising [olive] farm in the world'.
Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes. Bring local currency, as many vendors do not accept credit cards or US dollars.