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Vodnjan, Istria

This small town has retained the character of a medieval walled settlement. Within the ring of houses which once formed the town's defensive wall, narrow and irregular streets along the main thoroughfare link together the town's tightly packed neighbourhoods. It was mentioned for the first time in 1150 as Vicus Atinianus. In about 1300 a castle was built on the western side of the town but was demolished at the beginning of the 19th century.

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Pula Sights

The Arena

The Triumphal Arch of the Sergii

It was built between 29 and 27 BC in honour of the three Sergii: Sergius Lepidus, Gaius Lucius Sergius and Gneius Sergius who held high military and civil offices in the Empire. The arch was placed at the entrance to the main street, alongside the city gates, and it has three covered archways.

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The Wines of Istria

The Istrian region has about 10,000 hectares given over to the grape vine. The most important wine centres are Buje, Porec, Motovun, Pazin with Vodnjan, Novigrad, Buzet, Rovinj and Labin. The best known red wines are Merlot, Teran, Bourgogne, Cabernet Sauvignon and Barbera, while of whites there are Malvasia, White Pinot and Muscat otonel. Merlot, dry wine of a ruby red colour, is a premium wine or an appelation controlee wine.

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Zminj, Istria

Zminj is a small town on a limestone hill in the central part of Istria, on the road from Pula towards Pazin. There are signs of human life dating from the Palaeolithic age in the area around Zminj, also a large number of finds from the Bronze Age. Not far from the town, near the church of St. Foska, the remains of a late Classical to early Medieval settlement have been found, and in Zminj itself an early medieval Slavic burial ground (9th-11th centuries).

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Svetvincenat, Istria

A town on the Pula - Pazin road was the possession of the Patriarchs of Aquileia who gave it to a Pula family, the Sergijas (Castropola). In 1330, in a battle between the Patriarch Pagan and Count Ivan Henrik, the patriarchal army sacked Svetvincenat. After that the town passed into the hands of the Porec Bishop who, in 1389, handed it over to the Venetian Morossini family. In the war between Venice and the Emperor Charles V the Venetians held Svetvincenat and it remained the possession of the Morossinis.

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