Is Istria the Croatian equivalent of Tuscany? We think that Istria is unique, although the region does have similarities to her Italian neighbor, including the fact that all residents of Istria speak Italian as well as Croatian!
Our top reasons for traveling to Istria:
Rovinj – Unspoiled Venetian Masterpiece
With steep cobbled streets, a gorgeous old town and the sea, Rovinj is one of the most beautiful towns in the whole of Croatia. It is a small miracle that Rovinj has not been spoiled, and strict regulations are in place to keep it that way. Stay at the fabulous 99 room boutique resort Monte Mulini, a short sea shore walk from the center of town.
Istrian wine history goes back to the 4th century and the town of Porec has a Roman temple to Bacchus, the Greek God of wine! Enjoy a wine tasting at a boutique local producer.
Truffles, Truffles, Truffles
Istrian truffles are often sold in Italy, and passed on as Italian. In fact, the most valuable white truffle ever sold came from Istria.
You can hunt them…
The area around Livade and Motovun is rich with both black and white truffles during their respective seasons. Truly one of our Extraordinary Experiences is participating in a Truffle Hunt with a local expert! Learn why dogs are used (not pigs), and explore the beautiful Istrian forest with Nikola and his dogs, Nero and Dona.
You can eat them…
After a couple of hours in the forest, you can enjoy a leisurely lunch in Motovun… with truffles of course, before buying some to take home.
For more reasons to travel to Istria, email your expert Travel Manager or call 800 633 1008. Learn more about Croatia.