Historic Sites

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Pula - The 1st Century Roman Amphitheatre is one of the largest & best preserved in the world and is still used today for concerts and film festivals. Other Roman remains to be seen include the Temple of Augustus and the Sergian archways. There are numerous Austro-Hungarian forts to wander around including the Citadel, which affords superb views over Pula itself and the surrounding islands, and Fort Veruda which houses an aquarium showing the variety of marine life in local waters. Well worth a visit. There is also a Medieval Cathedral, many Venetian styled houses, and of course numerous shops, bars and restaurants to try.
Rovinj - The 'island' hill with the fabulous church and majestic clock tower from where you can see glorious views is just so worth visiting. The tightly packed housing on character filled cobbled streets with art shops and history spilling out from every archway. Visit here on one of our 'day out to three or four places' leaflets and you will fall in love just as we did. Fly above in the Cesna just to see it at its best!
Porec - numbered amongst the famous locations of the world's cultural heritage. The Euphrasian basilica has a stunning amount of 5th and 6th century mosaics and original stucco-works. The museum to the side is particularly worth a visit too and while you walk around all the Roman, Gothic and Venetian influenced streets you could stop for a coffee and ice-cream at the top of the round fort looking over the port. In 1996 the entire episcopal complex including the basilica was added to the UNESCO list of world artistic heritage.
Dvigrad - a now deserted medieval twin-town, standing high over the Bay of Lim stretched almost completely across the valley with fantastic views in both directions. Here you will find the Romanesque basilica of St Sophia built in the 11th century and more than 220 partially preserved houses. 

Fortified, Hilltop Towns
Most towns in Istria were fortified and many fine examples remain today,  including:
Motovun – standing on a hill dominating the valley, encircled by original 13th-14th century walls
Hum - the smallest town in the world, protected by a Venetian oval wall
Pazin - originating in the 9th century as a fort and standing on a cliff over a 100m abyss said to have inspired Dantes ‘Gateway to Hell’.

Svetvincenat - containing many Renaissance houses and the monumental Grimaldi citadel

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