Hidden Gems of Istria

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What You'll Do
  • Visit the smallest city in the world
  • Discover importance of fresco paintings
  • Explore remoted places away from usual tourist routes
It's time for art! Many historical buildings in Istria are decorated with fresco paintings, telling you stories about this land and it's history. Beside frescos, you'll discover smallest city in the world - Hum, as well as Roč and Buzet, real hidden gems.
What to Expect
Gems of Istria are hidden in an unspoiled countryside of medieval hilltop towns, pine forests, fertile valleys and vineyard-dotted hills that will immediately captivate you and make you fall in love with them. Learn the secrets of fresco painting, taste traditional liquors and jam, and enjoy a superb lunch entirely made from local ingredients.

According to the legend Hum was created when the Giants were building towns in the valley of the river Mirna, and from the remaining stones eventually built Hum. Inside the preserved city walls are two small streets and three rows of houses. Hum is a memorial town, one of the few examples of urban development exclusively within the city walls. For almost a thousand years here lived a small number of persistent residents which preserved that rich history, carved in the historic stone blocks. After your first time in the smallest city in the world, you will be coming back for many times for sure.

Roc was founded as an Illyrian settlement, and has grown into a Roman castrum. In the Middle Ages it was transformed into a fortified citadel surrounded with walls, towers and with a big and a small gate. During the 15th and 16th centuries Roc was the center of Croatian literacy, publishing and printing was based on the oldest Slavic script, the Glagolitic alphabet. The walls are beautifully preserved to this day. It is known that thay have been destroyed before 1412 as a punishment, because in the conflict between the patriarch and the Venetians they took the "wrong side". Eventualy, Venetians, the winners of this conflict, allowed their reconstruction. 

Buzet and its surroundings have been inhabited since ancient times. Illyrians moved here in the Bronze Age. They began to build settlements surrounded by walls on the hilltops. These area was ruled from 177 g. To 476 g. by the Romans. During a devastating epidemic sickness, the disease bypasses Buzet, so the people of Buzet 192 AD raised a stone panel to the goddess Augusta for protecting its city Pinquentum (Buzet). So, Buzet was mentioned more than 1800 years ago. In the mid 16th century Buzet lived in a period of relative peace, began to develop crafts and attention was paid to defend the city from enemy attacks.
What's Included
  • Air-conditioned van
  • Guide
  • Tasting and presentation of fruit and herb liquors and jams
  • Fresco painting presentation
  • Lunch in a local tavern

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