Venetian House


One of Piran’s most eye-catching structures is the mid-15th-century Gothic Venetian House, with its tracery windows and balcony, in the northeast of Tartinijev trg.

There is a story attached to the stone relief between the two windows – a lion with a banner in its mouth and the Latin inscription Lasa pur dir above it. A wealthy merchant from Venice fell in love with a beautiful local girl, but she soon became the subject of local gossips. To shut them up (and keep his lover happy), the merchant built her this little palace complete with a reminder for his loose-lipped neighbours: ‘Let them talk'.

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1. Statue of Giuseppe Tartini

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The statue of the nattily dressed gentleman in the centre of Tartinijev trg is that of native son, composer and violinist Giuseppe Tartini (1692–1770).

2. Municipal Hall

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The porticoed 19th-century Municipal Hall (home to the tourist information centre) dominates the northwestern edge of Tartinijev trg.

3. Bell Tower

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4. Tartini House

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5. Tartinijev Trg

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The pastel-toned Tartinijev trg is a marble-paved square (oval, really) that was the inner harbour until it was filled in 1894. The statue of a nattily…

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7. Parish Museum of St George

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8. Cathedral of St George

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