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Museums & Galleries
A daunting number of statues, pottery, glassware and jewellery, all locally excavated, are displayed in this museum, representing one of northern Italy's most important collections of Roman-era treasures.
The entire floor of the Latin cross-shaped basilica, rebuilt after an earthquake in 1348, is covered with one of the largest and most spectacular Roman-era mosaics in the world...
Part of the Museo Archeologico Nazionale, this muesum houses early- Christian-era mosaics and funerary monuments gathered from the surrounding ruins.
Scattered remnants of the Roman town include extensive ruins of the Porto Fluviale , the old port, which once linked the settlement to the sea...
Scattered remnants of the Roman town include extensive ruins of the Porto Fluviale, the old port, which once linked the settlement to the sea...
Parks & Gardens
This reserve protects a 1920s fish-farming area and extraordinary birdlife in the east of the lagoon. More than 230 bird species have been observed, including the greylag goose and many wading birds.
The final stretch of the Isonzo river's journey into the Adriatic flows through this 23.5-sq-km nature reserve where visitors can birdwatch, horse ride, cycle or walk around salt marshes and mudflats...
Castles, Palaces & Mansions
Fourteen kilometres northwest along the coast from Miramare, this 14th- and 15th-century bastion picturesquely marches down the cliff, surrounded by a verdant garden...
The area's big-ticket attraction is near Villa Opicina, 5km northeast of Trieste. At 120m high, 280m long and 65m wide, it's one of the largest and most spectacular caves that's accessible on the continent...
This house museum in Rupingrande recreates life in the pre-modern Slovenian-speaking Carso...
Landmarks & Monuments
The historical 'point' of Piran, still has a lighthouse, but today's is small and modern.
Just behind Punta lighthouse, the round, serrated tower of the Church of St Clement, originally built in the 13th century but altered 500 years later, evokes the ancient beacon from which Piran got its name.
Trg 1 Maja (1st May Sq) may sound like a socialist parade ground, but it was the centre of Piran until the Middle Ages, when it was called Stari trg (Old Sq)...
Squares & Plazas
The name of this square may sound like a socialist parade ground, but in fact it's one of Piran's most attractive squares, with a cistern dating from the late 18th century...
Židovski trg, the centre of Jewish life in Piran in the Middle Ages, is about 100m to the northwest of Dolphin Gate.
Behind the market north of Tartinijev trg, medieval homes have been built into an ancient defensive wall along Obzidna ulica, which passes under 15th-century Dolphin Gate.
Piran is watched over by the hilltop cathedral mostly dating from the 17th century. If time allows, visit the attached Parish Museum of St George , which contains church plate, paintings and a lapidary in the crypt...
Church plate, paintings and an unusual statue of St George slaying the dragon, with a woman curiously holding the monster by a lead, can be seen in the Parish Museum of St George attached to the Cathedral of St Georg...
The cathedral's freestanding Bell Tower, built in 1609, was clearly modelled on the campanile of San Marco in Venice and can be climbed daily for excellent views of the town and harbour...
In Tartinijev trg you will find the porticoed 19th-century Municipal Hall to the south.
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