Meet your driver and guide at the pier today to head into the countryside. The interior of Istria is very different from its coast. Your first visit today is the artist colony of Groznjan. This hilltop town was all but deserted after WWII until being revitalized as a place for artists. This is also a favorite of musicians, as the International Cultural Centre of Young Musicians has its seat here. You will have time to wander the twisting streets, filled with shops from local artisans, or perhaps to take in an impromptu music or drama performance in the main square.
Riding through the rugged and hilly terrain you will come to the medieval ruins of the town of Motovun, which suddenly springing into view. Motovun is an excellent example of the ancienttownships that dotted the Istrian peninsula. It’s worth the long trek up to the top of the hill. Motovun is a medieval city that dates back to the 12th century, which remained intact owing to their hill-top locations and walled fortifications.
Later you will continue your tour of Istria with a visit to Livade, the small village in the Istrian countryside famous for being one of the best-known truffle regions in Europe!
White Istrian truffles are among of the most expensive mushrooms in the world, and truffle harvesting is a local tradition in the interior of the Istrian peninsula.
Today you will have a private wine and olive oil tasting at one of the private family vineyards in Istria.
Note: Today’s touring involves walking over uneven surfaces. Please wear appropriate footwear.