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The town of Vodnjan was during the Roman times a large urban center and is a most interesting cultural and tourist destination.

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Located just 6 km from the Briuni Islands National Park, Vodnjan has an elevation of about 100m giving it speldid views of the Adriatic sea. Vodnjan used to be the administrative centre of Istria during the Roman times and was built taking into account knowledge of the pervailing winds and natural waterways.

The old town of Vodnjan has preserved many Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque buildings and palaces. The most interesting is the Bettica family Gothic palace, the popular 'Kaštel' built around 1300, which today houses a museum. One of the town’s highlights is the Parish Church of St. Blaise with its 63 meters high bell tower being the tallest in Istria. It has the largest collection of ancient Sacral Art in Croatia, including a chamber of mummies with body parts of over 250 different Saints.

The area of the city of Vodnjan covers 105.6 km² and encompasses four large settlements (Vodnjan, Peroj, Barbariga and Galižana) and almost 40 small settlements. Each of these has its own story to tell. Hidden in greenery (olive groves, vineyards, woods and lawns) of fairy-like scenery, these places provide countless opportunities for a relaxing getaway yet all are in close proximity to the sea.

Several renowned and award winning olive oil producers are located in Vodnjan. Some of them offer olive oil tasting. The neighboring village Barbariga is known for its remains of the Roman villa rustica with elaborate mosaics and also remains of an oil production structure.

For further information please also visit the official tourism website of the town of Vodnjan here.