Things to do in Piran

In the centre of the gem of the Slovenian Istria, the oldest fishing town of Piran, you can find Vila Piranesi, nestled between the coastline and the town’s centre. Historical stories, charming Mediterranean nature, the warmth of the sun, the closeness of the town’s lively centre and the openness of its people… call for new adventures.

Not far from  Piran there is many places you can visit.

Soline - Salt

The reserve is the biggest wetland on the coastline. In the northern part of the reserve called Lera, people harvest salt using a 700 year old method. The quality of the salt and salt flower, a very thin, topmost layer in the ponds is famous and cherished all over the world. Meanwhile, the abandoned southern part of the reserve called Fontanigge features many unique sights – birds, vast fields of halophytes and over 100 abandoned and demolished buildings that were once used by workers in the salt industry. The reserve became a habitat for various animals and plants.

Strunjan

The park is a wide expanse of nature which has been protected and ranges over two reserves – Strunjan Nature Reserve and Stjuža Nature Reserve. It also features the Avenue of Pines, which is known as a monument shaped by nature.

Piran (to see)

Venezian house

At the corner of IX Corpo Street and Tartini Square is the Veneziana House. Erected in the mid 15th century by one of the most powerful families in Piran, the Del Bellos, it is considered the oldest structure on the square. Its facade is richly decorated by architectural elements and decorations or reliefs made in stone, typical for Venetian Gothic.

The stone plate with a carved lion is placed between the windows. The lion holds the inscription Lasa pur dir. The legend speaks of the love between a young girl from Piran and a rich merchant from Venice. Evil tongues of Piran made the girl's life difficult while her beloved one was away on a far journey. Because of her constant complaints, the light-hearted merchant had the inscription made: Lasa pur dir – Let them speak.

Saint George church

St. George church was built approximately in the 12th century, present figure is from 1637. The tower bell of the church St. George was bulit in 1608 and is a smaller copy of the famous tower bell of St. Marcul in Venice.

Tartini Square

At the end of the 13th century the square became the main square of the town. The port was filled in and the spacious square was built, with all the important buildings of Piran around it. In the middle of it stands a monument to honour the well known violinista Giuseppe Tartini.

In 1892, upon the 200th anniversary of the birth of the composer, the people of Piran wanted to erect a monument to honour his memory, but due to the works being protracted, Piran had to wait until 1896 for the larger-than-life bronze statue of the virtuoso to finally be mounted on a high pedestal. The statue is the work of the Venetian sculptor Antonio dal Zotto.

Minorite monastery Piran

The monastery of St. Francis was founded in 1301. At the beginning the monastery was built in gothic style and it only had the ground floor, but later it was renovated and expanded. In the 17thand 18th century 11 priests and 10 monks lived in the monastery. They helped in various schools and had their own school for future monks as well as a music department. It is believed that Tartini himself acquired his basic musical education here.

The town wall

The town’s centre was protected by wallsthrough history, which remains you can still find hidden in the narrow streets of Piran.From then the wall expanded towards the southeast, embracing new town quarters as they were built. Most of the preserved wall dates back to the 15th and 16th century, it was part of the town’s medieval structure. The remains of the wall on the hillside of Mogronhave a special historical value.

THE CITY

The city Piran is considered to be one of the most beautiful and also the oldest of Slovenian towns.

Build in the pre-roman era by the Ilyrian Histri tribes. Through its history Piran was part of diffrent empires, begining with the roman empire, later it was part of the republic of Venice and the Austro-Hungarian empire.

The history made Piran a town to feast your eyes on, with diffrent architecture styles and venetian like narrow street, making it one of the major hot spots of Slovenia.

There are many interesting thingsto seein Piran, fromchurches, museums, galleries, art shops, aquarium to a variety of sea food restaurants.

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