About mosaics and frescoes: the Middle Ages at its purest!
Founded by the Romans, Poreč is the only settlement in Istria that still preserves an ancient street layout. The city is well known in Croatia for its cathedral: the only one of Byzantine style of the country. A guided tour of Poreč will give you an insight into what the first centuries of Christianity in Europe would have been. The Euphrasius Basilica is a UNESCO site, a perfectly preserved temple from the 6th century.
Bale is a medieval village frozen in time with beautifully preserved buildings from the several century period when Venice was the capital of the region. 100% made of whiter than white local Istrian stone, it has become the example of revival for local rural communities.
In the 15th century, during the dark ages of the Inquisition, frescoes were one of the main forms of expression. When locals were neither able to write or read it was paramount to show them well known biblical scenes in a clear and plastic way. Frescoes give us an insight into what their cosmos would have been.
Rovinj is set as a departure point.
9:00-9:40 drive from Rovinj to Poreč;
9:40-11:30 guided visit of Poreč with the Unesco protected Euphrasius Basilica;
11:30-12:00 scenic drive to Beram;
12:00-12:20 visit of Our Lady of the Rock with frescoes from 1474;
12:20-12:50 drive to Bale;
12:50-1:30 visit of Bale:
1:30-1:45 drive to Rovinj
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Rovinj
For departures from Pula or any other point in the county, or for groups between 4 and 6 persons, please send me a request.
End location: Rovinj
Duration: 5 hours
Modern a/c Renault Kadjar (2016). In case of groups of 4-6 persons modern a/c van with driver.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
50 Croatian Kuna (HRK) - Drinks and/or snacks.