Roman amphitheater at Solin, Croatia

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On our way back from Krka to Split, we made a short detour to visit the ruins of a Roman amphitheater in Solin, a small town on the outskirts of Split. With no address to go by, I guessed at street names hinting at an amphitheater or forum…which resulted in quite a few wrong turns on narrow streets. For anyone preferring a more direct route (which should be everyone), the amphitheater is at the intersection of Put Salone and Paraci ulica (“ulica” being simply Croation for street). The path is neither well-marked nor straightforward due to the way streets are set up, dead ends and the like. The ruins do show up on Google Maps now, so go with that if you have access.

I’ve visited plenty of Roman amphitheaters–the Romans built them everywhere they conquered–and found this one to be pretty and worth a stop, if not exceptional. The setting provides a sweeping vista and it’s fun to imagine Romans of Diocletian’s time making the trek up from the palace for the entertainment offered at the amphitheater.

Admission is free; parking is free. There are no guides, but there aren’t any crowds either. A few signs provide historical information,

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