Immerse yourself in the Istrian medieval story and learn about olive oil
This tour will give you a perfect idea of what south-western Istria is: medieval architecture, Venetian past, ancient frescoes and olive oil culture.
Rovinj is where we begin- a perfect introduction to what Istria is. Then, off we go to Bale. . . . as if forgotten by centuries of development, the village of Bale, or Valle in Italian, is one of the best preserved medieval settlements in southern Istria. It's only a fifteen-minute drive from Rovinj, but in the middle of summer when Rovinj becomes the place to be in Istria, Bale will seem worlds away to you.
Perched on a small hill overlooking a valley (hence, the name Vallis), serene and calm, as if inviting you for a stroll along its ancient cobbled streets.
To give our stone story a perfect addition- a stop at the Vodnjan kažuni site is a must. Because old Istria is not only fishing and trade- there is this important, rural aspect of our past being rediscoverd by the locals and appreciated by travelers.
Olive oil is king here, so we will learn.
This is a sample itinerary based on Rovinj as departure point.
09:00 starting the day with a thorough two hour visit of Rovinj, including the farmers' market;
11:10-11:30 scenic drive to Bale;
11:30-12:00 visit of Bale;
12:00-12:15 drive to the Vodnjan Kažuni site and visit;
12:40-1:35 Olive oil lecture and tasting in Vodnjan;
1:35-2:00 drive back to Rovinj.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Rovinj any location.
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 any location.
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.
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