Highlights of this tour
- Old Town of Koper
- Slovenian seaside
- Historical center of picturesque Piran
You will meet your private licensed guide at the port of Koper, with a private accessible vehicle. Together you head to the city center of Koper, Coastal Slovenia’s largest town. Koper was formerly an island situated southwest of Trieste (Italy) and was only connected to the mainland in 1827 after the Austrian Empire conquered the city.
Although many Italian-speaking people left, you still find many Italian elements, such as schools and bilingual principles. Its Old Town is surprisingly medieval, with narrow streets and old houses that still reflect some of the Venetian influence. Most of the Slovenian coast was ruled by the Republic of Venice for over 500 years and survived a few battles. Throughout the years, the central squares have been renovated and restored. Tito’s square is one of the most beautiful Venetian-type squares that you will find in the Mediterranean.
Near Tito square, you see the Praetorian Palace and the Assumption Cathedral. The Palace is the only fully restored building in the plaza and dates back to the 15th century. The Cathedral is the largest one in Slovenia, with famous paintings from Vittore Carpaccio. Mentioning Carpaccio, you will also see a square named after him and Brolo’s square located just near Tito’s square during the tour.
Other city highlights are the old entrance Muda gate and De Ponte fountain, which you find on Prešeren’s Square. Did you know the fountain is a reproduction of the Rialto Bridge in Venice and one of the most giant city fountains?
Next up, your driver and guide take you on a scenic drive along the Slovenian shore towards picturesque Piran. Enjoy one of the most charming villages along the Adriatic coast, situated right at the tip of a small peninsula. Together with your guide, you will explore the historical center of Piran, filled with Venetian Gothic architecture, the colorful main square, small winding alleys, and medieval walls.
The main square in Piran is Tartini Square, named after the Italian composer Giuseppe Tartini. Colorful buildings on three sides surround the square, and on the fourth side, you see the harbor. The square is the central part of the city, and the majority of the lanes lead back to here.
For great views over Piran and the coast, you need to go to the Church of St George. You will also see the 1st May Square, which was the city’s central square, before constructing the Tartini’s square. We will continue near the main promenade – Prešeren’s embankment, which will lead us to Punta, the most Western point of the Slovenian coast. With the St. Clement’s church nearby.
There is free time for lunch (not included), and make sure to ask your guide about some of the best seafood restaurants!
After seeing all the highlights, your guide and driver take you back to the port again, from where you continue your cruise.
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