Italy, Croatia, and Back in One day

Croatia is a popular destination in summertime, the coast particularly. But it can be an interesting destination off season as well. It will be less crowded for one, and easy to move around as the traffic cools down.


Around October 20 there is a Ham festival in Tinjan, a small village in Croatia. Tinjan called “Antignana” in Italian as these territories were always borderline. 

This year Tinjan 11th International Prosciutto Fair (TIPF) was held on 20 and 21 Octobe. In addition to the Croatian ham producers, there were producers from Italy, Slovenia, Germany, Austria and Spain were part in the fair. Lovers of this delicacy could taste more than thirty types of ham. There was also a wide selection of wine and cheeses to match the ham, and to my liking the roasted chestnuts.

Besides the fair this tiny village was quite lovely, a handful of house nestled around the church. Practically a good meal and a pleasant walk, before proceeding to Poreč.


Poreč is a popular summer destination on the Coast of Istria, the peninsula of western Croatia. In the historic old town, the Euphrasian Basilica complex (6th century) is known for its Byzantine mosaics studded with gems. The coast to the north and south attracts visitors thanks to camping areas, marinas and beaches ideal for water sports.

The little town is truly lovely. Renmants of Venetian domination can be seen everywhere, but it is also clear the Roman domination as the city is built with the classic Roman Cardo Decumanus Crossing (In Roman city planning there was a standard by which all roads were constructed. The Decumanus was an East-West oriented road, while the Cardo was the main North-South oriented street).

But the real gem of this lovely city was the Euphrasian Basilica. This was such a beautiful sight, and not just because it was raining cats and dogs, and the weather was rather cold, but because it is really beautiful, as my pictures show (a little, I hope).  

Because of its exceptional value, it has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1997.

Chronological Order of Dominance in Parenzo

The population is holding their breaths to know by whom they will be ruled next!

Traveling Back Along the Coast Towards Trieste

The coastline is also very beautiful. One can stop in Trieste, and also considering visiting the Miramare Castle, which other than being beautiful it has a very interesting story (maybe ext time).

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I lived the most part of my life in Washington DC, now in Italy getting to know again my country. Plenty of surprises, for good and bad, and lots of nostalgia for DC.

3 thoughts on “Italy, Croatia, and Back in One day

  1. We have been to Poreč countless times and we have always found the people and the food to be terrific. A little secret that I learned years ago: A door that is open at a 45% angle on a narrow, stone street usually means the owner sells homemade liquor, usually slivovitz or kruskovac.

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