Discover Slovenia: Piran

By: Domen Lombergar

Piran is a city that will never change even though the time past by. This is because Piran is found in a narrow peninsula where there is no space or place for new expansion. In the view of the fact that Piran does not change; the government of Slovenia has decided to protect its historical and chronological values.

On the other hand, it depends on what time tourists visit Piran to know what activities are going on. Unluckily, there is nothing much to do especially in November even though it is a wonderful experience wandering around Piran's narrow streets, have a lunch by the side of the river and climb the campanile that dictate Piran's town for many remarkable sceneries over to Croatia and Italy.

The town of Piran is mainly focused on Tartini Square, known as Tartinijev trg, named after the most well known Piran's violinist and composer, Guiseppe Tartini. In the warm summer, travelers or tourists can visit the Giuseppe Tartini house. Visitors can observe his statue and wandering around on the marble that is paved in the region of the square which normally became the place to park cars. Tartini Square is a beautiful square especially the two antique 15th century Venetian houses but it is ruined because it is quite hard to take a photograph without bringing the cars in.

Piran has a quite strong Italian atmosphere to feel compared to its neighboring cities. The citizens of Piran most likely to welcome the Venetians instead of fighting against them which totally make Piran is different than other Slovenian cities. For some significant years, the people of Piran have been traded with the peoples of Venice since Piran is on of their well-heeled town. On the other hand, Piran after that was conquered by the Austrian Empire and fell down in the commercial world like its across water neighbor Trieste, Italy. This is the main reason that Piran is remained untouched even the time goes by which amazed historians and visitors. Like most museums in the world which operates on their own hours throughout the year, Segej Masera Maritime Museum goes the same but it does not open during November. Segej Masera Maritime Museum covers the rule of the Venetians which consists of three important features of Piran; the sailing, salt (there are huge amounts of salt on the road nearby Portoroz), and sea.

In any case, Piran not only shares the similarities of Italy in terms of architecture - it also bears the similarities of the food and drink. The restaurants in Piran do have Slovenian dishes but it tends to focus more towards Italian dishes for example risotto, compared to other cities of Slovania. The extremely delicious seafood the risotto and a very fine salad and delightfully marinated sardines with delicious fries together with a half carafe of wine usually bear an asking price less than 20 Euro.

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