Vodnjan it is a small town 10 kilometers from Pula.Even do is a small town, it is well known on the gastro map of Croatia.Famous by the wines and the best olive oil, it stands out as an excellent destination on Your visit to Istria.
Vodnjan is also known by it’s historical heritage. Near the center, You can find a church of St. Blaž and the biggest belfry in Istria (78 meters high), finished in 1883. Except for wonderful decorations inside the church, You also have a chance to see 6 relic of saints: St. Sebastian– the protector of plauge, Sain Leon Bembo, St. Nikoloza Bursa, Saint Ivan Olini, St. Barbara and St. Marija Egyptian.
What is also special about Vodnjan, is the way the town is constructed. It has one of the smallest streets in the world and most of the buildings are connected to each other. There are also more than 30 small churches, unique constructions like Kažun, Bradamante palace and town square which is the center of all events in the summer; art festival, folklore festival, various fairs, theatrical performances, days of olive oil and etc.
Svetvinčenat, San Vincent or Savičenta is a small village in the south of the central part of Istria.
It was first mentioned around AD 983. The central square also known as Placa is surrounded with monuments, and the most beautiful is certainly Castle Marosini – Grimmani. During the war the castle was damaged first in 1330, then again in 1421 and by fire in 1586. The castle was renovated in 1599. and then it was set coat of arms of families Morosini – Grimmani. The cistern from 18th century is in the centre of the square, and the citizens contributed the stone for it. There is also church of Marijina Navještenja /Church of the Annunciation built in 1550., church of St. Antuna Opata, church of St. Rok and church of St.Katarine.
During the year there are many events in Savičenta like Flower Festival in March, a local fiesta of the place called Ivanja which is held in June and Miss of goat. In July you can enjoy a cheese festival and non verbal theater festival. Medieval Festival is held in August and New Wine Festival in October.
Where to eat?
There are two pizza places. Pizzeria Grimani and pizzeria Palace. There is also one restaurant called Kod Kaštela and just 1 kilometer from Savičenta there is a restaurant Ondina.
Where to sleep?
In Savičenta and nearby villages there are many private apartments and beautiful pool villas.
Small village Sv. Petar u Šumi or St. Peter in the wood is a village named after church of St. Petar and Pavao from the 13th century. Church organs from 1770 were built by Leopold Eisle.
Žminj is a small village on the road from Vodnjan to Pazin. This village has few churches – St. Foška, church of St. Mihovil, St. Antun, St. Trojstva and St. Bartulja.
Local fiesta Bartulja is held at the end of August.
Where to eat and sleep?
There is pizzeria Orhideja and restaurant Žminjka where You can enjoy typical Istrian dish maneštra. After a good meal you can have a good night sleep in one of Žminj private apartments or villas with swimming pool.
Just few kilometers from Žminj you can visit cave Feštinsko Kraljevstvo (Feštini Kingdom Cave). The cave was discovered in 1930 and opened few years ago for visitors.