The population of the village itself is 531, with a total of 983 residents in the municipality (2001).
It is situated on a hill 270 meters above sea level. On top of a Motovun hill is probably the most beautiful medieval town in Istria, but houses are scaterred all over the hill. On the slopes of the hill grapes for famous Istrian wines are grown. The river Mirna flows below the hill and on the other side of the river there is the famous Motovun forest, rich with truffles, which became popular through Vladimir Nazor's well known novel Veli Jože, about a well-tempered peasant giant who "lived" there.
Settlement in the central region of the Istrian Peninsula on the south side of the Mirna River Valley. Economy is based on agriculture, wine and ranching.
The oldest core of the town is belted with well preserved city walls from the 13th and 14th century, and today serve as a promenade. Within the core are several Romantic and Gothic houses. The three sections of the town are connected with a system of external and internal fortifications with walls, towers and city gates. Situated on the main square is the Gothic-Romantic bell tower with scalloped parapet at the top (18/19th cent.) and the Renaissance palace-castle with adaptations from the 16-19th centuries. Beneath the main square is the public water reservoir, and stone plaque with city crest dating back to the 14-15th centuries.
Most of the houses in the town of Motovun are made by the well known Istrian stone. Probably you didn´t know it, but great number of palaces in Venice were made by the stone from Istria and Dalmatian island of Brac.
This is a very typical stone made house with the chimney on the side facade, which can be seen all over the Istrian peninsula.
Truffles are a special kind of mushroom eaten in Istria (with Motovun like its core, having a festival). They have a very distinguished taste & an even more recognizable smell! They are basically only added to dishes, 'coz they are too strong to be eaten without anything - at least if you ask me... :) If you go to Motovun (or Istria), you're surely gonna taste them. :)
Don't get confused when you see all the signs & street names in 2 languages! Italian is the 2nd official language in Istria!
I just loved sitting in the garden, sipping coffee & talking about witches... University life rules! :)
We had sat in a bar for a longer time, drinking coffee & debating. After that I had an introduction into Stockholm. Can you notice how concentrated I am? I'm paying so much attention! :)
I was sure this was some kind of park with views of the valley below, only later I realised it was Motovun old people's home.