Labin: Town of Artists
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Approximately 5¾ Hours
Departing from the bustling port town of Rijeka, a one-hour motorcoach ride winds through Istria. From your window, enjoy views of medieval villages nestled in rolling hills and olive groves.
The town of Labin, in eastern Istria, is your destination. It is perched on a hilltop overlooking the sea.
Pass through the main gate, with its Latin Coat of Arms and Venetian lion, to be embraced by the picturesque Town Square in the heart of the Old Town. Wander through a labyrinth of steep streets and cobblestone alleyways, marveling at the beautiful examples of Baroque, Renaissance and Gothic architecture, the taffy-colored homes, and Venetian-inspired palaces and churches. Before you leave, take in the stunning views of the port town of Rabac from the hilltop vantage point of Labin's Old Town.
Visit the exquisite Labin National Museum, housed in a Baroque palace and featuring displays highlighting the town's history of mining. Don't miss the replica mine-shaft. You'll also learn the meaning of the 'Labin Republic' as depicted in interactive maps and photographs that trace the development of the town through the ages to the present. In the Memorial Collection, admire the fascinating works of Matthias Flacius -- 16th-century philosopher and collaborator of Martin Luther.
Gallery Negri olive oils are a wonderful local taste sensation. William and Anessa Negri have been producing international-award-winning olive oils since 2001. Sample some of their finest wares along with local delicacies, canapés and wine in their beautiful gallery, nestled in a 17th-century palace festooned with artwork and plush décor.
Wear comfortable walking shoes.
Use of an audio headset (included) will enhance your tour experience.