The Istrian peninsula is still quite a secret place. Located between the Venice lagoon and the Kvarner Bay in the northern Adriatic it is incredibly easy to get to and explore.
The borders and rulers of Istria have changed so many times throughout history. The biggest empires to claim this peninsula were the Romans, the Venetians and the Austro-Hungarians. Evidence of these strong rulers remain to this day: the sixth largest amphitheatre in the world and temple of Augustus in the town of Pula date from 27BC-68 AD, fine examples of Venetian architecture can be found in the main towns and villages throughout Istria whilst permission was granted from Vienna to construct the narrow-gauge railway line Parenzana, built in the last days of the Austro-Hungarian empire.
Istria is very famous for its cuisine which is based on great tasting, fresh, locally produced ingredients, seasonal vegetables, sea food and olive oil. The desire to keep it that way means the Istrian identity and traditions are being preserved. More and more word is emerging that Istria is a gourmet destination, whether buying from a roadside seller or tasting on the dining table, go discover!
According to the 1910 Encyclopedia Britannica Istrian olive oil was already famous in Roman times and the Teran red wines were well known. How wonderful both are still being produced, and together with the famous white truffles to be found in the interior, they form a trio of Istria’s major attractions.