Situated in southwest Slovenia, the country’s slice of the Istrian Peninsula is small but richly rewarding. The history of the Istrian region dates back to Roman Times. Following the fall of the Roman Empire, the region was ruled by first the Goths and then the Byzantines. In 1267, Istria became part of the Republic of Venice. It is under Venetian rule that the region flourished. Over the course of the 19th and 20th centuries, it continued to switch rulers.
Today, the lovely towns of Istria create the impression of being back in the Middle Ages. Piran is known for having the best-preserved Venetian architecture in Slovenia. Its narrow streets and intact city wall have made it a historic and cultural center of Slovenia. Situated on the water, the town looks out at both the water and mountains. The old fishing town of Izola is famous for its old stone houses, ancient churches and folklore. Further up the coast, is Koper, where the buildings’ facades serve as a review of the town’s history. Koper also boasts the largest cathedral in Slovenia.
PUBLISHED: July 22, 2013