Istria Things to Do

  • Mosaics above church roofline
    Mosaics above church roofline
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  • Grisa is a street inthe middle
    Grisa is a street inthe middle
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  • Euphrasian Basilica (Porec, Croatia)
    Euphrasian Basilica (Porec, Croatia)
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Istria Things to Do

  • Roman Amphitheater

    Pula Things to Do

    Promoted as the most complete Roman amphitheater, that may only apply to its external walls. The interior suffered the common transformations of most Croatian monuments, and shows almost nothing of its original structure. Much smaller than its brother, in Rome, it is a magnificent building, deserving the quick mandatory visit.

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  • Cathedral of Assumption of Blessed...

    Pula Things to Do

    Until going there I only knew one cathedral with the tower separated from the main building - in Leiria. Now, I knew a second one. And that was my most remarkable note about this monument, as usually built-destroyed-rebuilt, sharing stones with other, including the amphitheater.

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  • Augustus Temple

    4 out of 5 stars

    Pula Things to Do

    This temple is from around 2nd century BC to before the death of Augustus in 14AD, for which the temple is dedicated. Besides that dedication, it also is a commemoration for Goddess Roma, a deity from the Greek era. The structure was converted into a church during Byzantine times, so it was preserved for centuries. The building was built on a...

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  • Arena

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Pula Things to Do

    One (good) idea to promote some monuments is their use in cultural or ludic events. The magnificence of the ambiance enhances the quality of the show, if well integrated in it. However, all events have their backdoor stage, and the mix of modern stuff with history, when seen out of the desired context, is sometimes unwelcome. I wished I had...

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  • Arch of the Sergeius Family

    4 out of 5 stars

    Pula Things to Do

    Salvia Postuma Sergia used her own money to build the arch to honour her three brothers who fought and died at the battle of Actium. The arch was erected in the last two decades of the 1st century BC.

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  • Franciscan Monastery

    Pula Things to Do

    Franciscan monastery in the upper parts of town. We had to search for a while before we arrived there, it's a bit off the beaten path. Here you will also find the altar for the Blessed Oton of Pula (1200-1241) and a quiet cloister with palm trees.

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  • Chapel of Santa Maria Formosa

    Pula Things to Do

    Originally from the 6th century, escaping from demolitions and bombs, this small chapel, standing beside a small garden that replaced a quarter erased in WW2, was built in Ravenna's style. It seems that it had some rich mosaics that were moved to the Archaeological Museum of Istria.

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  • Walking

    Pula Things to Do

    The city`s earliest recorded permanent habitation dates back to the 10th century BC. It was founded by the illyrian tribe of the Histri, an ancient population that lived in Istria. Roman settlement began in the first century BC. Cityguide: 1 - Amphitheater 2- Porta Gemina 3- Archäologisches Museum 4 - Kleines Römisches Theater 5- Ports Herculea 6...

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  • Dvojna Vrata - Double Gate

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Pula Things to Do

    In the past, the whole city was surrounded by walls and was entered through about ten gates. The Twin Gates (there are two arches), were built between the 2nd and 3rd centuries, and they lead to the Archaeological Museum and the Castle.

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  • Mornaricka Crkva

    5 out of 5 stars

    Pula Things to Do

    The Portal of the church of Our Lady of the Sea and the walls are built of alternating white Istrian stone and red marble, thus creating a vivid decorative composition with horizontal bands. The church is richly decorated , ecpecially in front. The main portal is of neo-Romanesque characteristics, with jutting gable supported by columns tied...

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  • Sveta Marija Katedrala

    Pula Things to Do

    This picture shows the Northern wall of Sveta Marija Katedrala, opposite to the main entrance. The little street leads to Obala Maršala Tita and the sea, 50 meters away. Pay attention to the small round window, in the center of the picture, with two crosses in the middle of a circle, entirely carved in stone.

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  • Forum

    Pula Things to Do

    The whole area in front of the Communal Palace and Temple of Augustus was being excavated, in search of the Roman Forum. One day (if no more war comes to change things) it will be presented and explained. When we were there, only enclosed rocks and fences could be seen.

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  • Aquarium

    Pula Things to Do

    This is a history of being built during the Austrian era as a fort in 1886 called Fort Verudela. Today this started to become an aquarium in 2002, and has evolved into tow levels now and has 60 pools for sea life. WE did not go inside because of little time. The entry is around $8 and it looks like they still are in process of promoting the sites....

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  • Brioni National Park

    Pula Things to Do

    Brioni…again! Since I used up all my travelogues and I was going to add a bunch of pictures, here is more of Brioni. This is the gorgeous beach I am talking about! There are 4 hotels in which you can stay, all offering a great view, but most lacking a/c which can be brutal in the months of Jul/Aug. If you take a walk around, you will see a few...

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  • Town Hall

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Pula Things to Do

    Two eyecatching, historic buildings are neighbour to each other at Forum and compete for audience: Augustus temple and Communal palace or Town hall which was built on a site of former Diana's temple. Temples were three in Pula and Augustus is the only one staying while Diana's temple only remain is the wall incorporated into structure of a town...

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  • Roman Theatre

    Pula Things to Do

    This theatre is much smaller than the arena and was probably used more for cultural activities and stage plays. It is dated back to around 2AD and was build into the hill on the backside. There is a cavern network under some of the theater that can be seen looking through the grates in the front area.

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  • Visit the Roman Amphitheatre in Pula

    Possibly the most interesting feature of Pula is the impressive amphitheatre near to the harbour in Pula at the southern tip of the Istrian peninsula. Built by Emporer Vespasian it was enlarged later in the 1st century to entertain around 20,000 spectators on the demise of a few gladiators and wild beasts.You can wander round freely and imagine the...

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  • Motovun: the truffle centre of Istria

    In the middle of the Istrian peninsula is the small hill top town of Motovun. It was very quiet, being the end of December but there were a couple of shops open including one that specialised in Truffles. Apparently the woodland around Motovun is particularly good for hunting this precious fungus. We didn't try any truffle hunting nor could we...

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  • obvious choice - Rovinj

    Rovinj is glamourous. Some say it's the jewel in crown of Istria. You can visit it at any time of year, even on gloomy misty cold day in winter and it will keep shining. One can easily get lost in side streets of the old part which was island in past, separated from continent with a canal. Plenty of well preserved historic architecture to see, many...

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  • Dvigrad

    Dvigrad is nowadays just a little bit more than a pile of stones. Hardly anything remained intact. Would you believe that five centuries ago it was actually two towns and hence name Dvigrad = Two Towns? The two towns used to stand on opposite sides of the valley, but the other one has completely collapsed and is now nothing more than a plateau with...

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  • Day trip to the Interior---Draguc

    Draguc (drag-ooch) was one of the towns we visited on our excursion into the middle of Istria and one of the best of the day! Our guide told us that there were only about 5 families still living here, and it was mainly used for movie production! He thought that parts of "Red Cliffs"was filmed here just the previous year. There is a small church...

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  • Climb the Campanile in Rovinj

    In the old town of Rovinj you can't miss the splendid Cathedral of St Euphemia perched on the highest point overlooking the narrow, cobbled streets and harbour of the town. It's well worth the small fee to climb up the rather old and battered wooden steps to get to the top where the view makes the effort all worth while. Apparently the bell tower...

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  • THINGS TO DO IN ISTRIA IN A WEEK

    Day 4go to exlore the Baredine cave close to Porec, visit the wine producers (Poletti in San Marco village), visit the town of Motovun and buy the truffles from the Motovun forest in many local stores. close to Motovun is Livade where the biggest truffle of the world was found. try to organize with Zigante restaurant truffle hunting...

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  • Istria in 7 days

    hi there and welcome to our region Istria.Day 1 you can visit the town of Porec starting to walk from some of the bays where normaly are the hotels and reach the downtown. Visit the Basilica Euphrasiana (UNESCO) with the Museum of the sacral art. The old town is little so u will do that in 2 hours.The afternoon u can go south of the town and visit...

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  • Limski Kanal

    The Lim Valley, also known as Limska draga or dolina, is 35km along the river Pazincica, which turns into the estuary - the Limski Kanal (also called Limski Fjord or just Lim Fjord) which cuts the west coast of Istria in two. It is a 10km (6 mile) fiord between limestone cliffs and wooded slopes. Whilst it is called a fjord, technically it is not...

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  • Villages & Towns

    There are big towns in Istria, mainly Pula, Rovinj & Porec. Pula most notably for it's Roman amphitheatre, Rovinj which is the Venice of Croatia & Pula which houses the most amazing and UNESCO World Heritage mosaics in Basilica of Euphrasius.But, as well as the big towns there are some much smaller (and some tiny) villages which are real gems not...

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  • Day trip to Slovenia

    Because they are so close it is quite possible to do day trips from Istria into Slovenia. The roads on the Istrian side are the most painful because they go ALL around the houses.However, Slovenia is a very beautiful country and if you have the means to and the time, a day trip into it should not be passed up.Ljubljana (Slovenia's capital) is...

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  • Daytrips to Slovenian caves

    There are two amazig caves in Slovenia : Postojonska Jama & Skocjanske Jame. Both are spectacular. Postojonska are more easily available to get to without your own transport and are firmly on the tourists map. Skocjanske have UNESCO World Heritgae status and it is not hard to see why - they are absolutely astonishing and if you only go to one...

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  • Day trip to Italy

    Due to Istria's position it is very easy to do a day trip to Italy. Either catch a ferry from Rovinj across to Venice or go in a more northerly direction to Trieste. Both very different cities and both worthy of a trip. If you have a car, Trieste is not so far (in fact, a lot of people use the airport in Trieste to visit Istria) and a cheaper...

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  • Svetvincenat

    This is such a pretty little place.Svetvincenat is based, archetecturally, on a quadrilateral Renaissance square in the centre of the town. The building that dominates the sqaure is the Morosini Grimani citadel.

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  • Zminj - village

    Zminj was built on a height with fortified walls which are still preserved. During the Middle Ages Zminj was part of the Pazin dukedom.The houses and church are Baroque in style. Apparently the church has many frescos inside. We didnt get to see them - they are allegedly of high quality but damaged.On August 24th each year Zminj celebrates St...

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  • Pazin - village

    Throughout history Pazin has always played an important role and today it is the administrative centre of Istria. In 1374 Pazin became the possession of the Hapsburgs (Austrian-Germans). The founadtion of the feudal strongholds was the Citadel built on the steep sliff over the Fojba (abyss into which the Pazincica flows. The Pazincica being the...

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  • Baredine Caves

    Baredine Caves are in the Karsk region, as are the Postojnska & Skocjanske caves in Slovenia and out of the three they hold third place. However, if you haven't been to the other two then Baredine Caves are just fine.If you are lucky and keep your eyes peeled you'll spot cave toads. At the end of the cave tour you'll get to meet a proteus... a...

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  • Pula by night

    We found a bit more nightlife in Pula compared to other towns around. The centre of town had a number of bars which you could sit in or outside and enjoy an aparatif. With child in tow we found it a little more difficult to find somewhere to eat after 8pm but a little hunting ended up no problem. Recommend walking through the area and sampling the...

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  • This is what you came for in Pula

    The amphitheatre is teh most striking of monuments. It is an absolute must see in Pula. You have to go in and check out the place. On our visit they were getting ready for a concert which would have been great to see, check out local listings. There is an audio guide but to be honest I didn't enjoy this as much as taking in the sights. The museum...

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  • Pula - ancient Roman city

    You should go to Pula, as it has several ancient Roman ruins. The highlight of which is the Colleseum, which is largely intact and holds concerts even today. Parking is a bit of a problem depending on the season. A fee is charged to enter the ruins, but they are relatively free and open to roam around. There could be more information regarding the...

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  • Motovun

    Click here to visit my page on MotovunMotovun is in the north-west of Istria, 21 km south-east to Buje. It is built on a 277 meters high hill that dominates the plain with the Mirna river and the Motovun forest, famous for its white truffles. It is perhaps the most picturesque of the numerous Istrian inland jewels. In summer, it is always sunny. In...

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  • Livade, white truffle city

    Click here to visit my page on Livade, white truffle cityLivade is a very small city in the plain of the Mirna river valley. It is 1 km north from the main road from Buje to Buzet while Motovun is 2 km south. Since year 2000, the company "Livade tartufi d.o.o;" has organized truffle days every week-end of October. Livade is now well known for its...

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  • Hum, the smallest town in the world ?

    Click here to visit my page on Hum, the smallest town in the world ?Hum is situated 15 km southeast of Buzet. It prides itself of being the world smallest's town. There are obviously smaller cities, but this is not really important to be number one smaller town in the world! THE smallest or one of the smallests, does not matter as far as Hum IS a...

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  • Buzet

    Click here to visit my page on Buzet, city of trufflesBuzet lies at the foot of the Cicarija Mountain, in Northern Central Istria, not far from the source of the river Mirna. The old part of the town is on an isolated hilltop, 151 m high. The Romans named the settlement Pinquentum that explains that the istriot/Italian name of the city is...

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  • Pula/Pola

    It would not have been reasonable to build a Pula page without its arena. Then, here it is !Pula is second to Rome for its arena !I will put more details later on the arena, but it is one of the largest of the (Roman) world and one of the best kept.Pula, touristy but a must see !

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  • Porec - the Euphrasioan Basilica

    The Euphrasioan Basilica from the 6th century, also a cathedral, is the oldest and the most significant religious building of Porec and Croatia aswell.The Euphrasian complex comprises the basilica with the memorial chapel, the atrium, the baptistery and the bishop's palace.The basilica was, because of its characteristics and its importance in art...

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  • NP Brijuni - Castrum Byzantine

    During the Tito's rule in ex-Yugoslavia the archipelago of Brijuni, although declared as National Park, was closed for the public visitors. Since early nineties of the last century, almost 15 years after Tito died, NP Brijuni is opened for the public visitors, foreigners included.Many says, it is the most beautiful archipelago in whole...

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  • Pula - the church of St. Mary Formosa

    Actually, what you see on this picture are remains of the Complex of Basilica of St. Mary Formosa built in the 6th century. It was the largest and most important building erected in Pula during Byzantine rule.The Venetians afflicted heavy damage as early as 13th century. Unfortunately, only the south funerary chapel that was annexed to the church...

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  • Pula - the Arch of Sergeius

    The triumphal arches are typical and very characteristic signs of Roman presence and could be seen everywhere in the world where Romans have ruled. The highness of the arch and its decorations depend on how important and rich the person in who's honour it is built was. The Arch of Sergeius in Pula is of medium proportions.

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    57-71 euros per person in a double room, half board -most expensive in Pula -very big (if you like...

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