Salona, Vitturi Castle, Ethno-eco village of Škopljanci Radošić, Trogir
Sunday 19 April
8:50 – Gather at meeting place (TBD).
9:00 – 9:20 – Bus drive to Salona, Croatia’s largest Roman archaeological site. It was originally an Illyrian–Greek settlement, and later became a Roman colony and the capital of the province of Illyricum, with 60,000 inhabitants. It has been thoroughly investigated and excavated, over the last several hundred years.
9:20 – 11:40 – We take you for a walk through Manastirine, Tusculum (a house built by don Frane Bulic, the most famous investigator of Salona), the city walls, the Episcopal centre, the urban Basilica, the Thermae, the baptistery and the Porta Cesarea.
The visit takes you to the largest structure at Salona – the Amphitheatre. It was preserved entirely until the Ottoman–Venetian wars, and today its remains include the ground floor and part of the first floor. In Roman times, when gladiatorial contests were held here, the amphitheatre could accommodate about 16,000 spectators.
11:40 – 12:00 – After visiting the archaeological site of Salona, we continue our journey to the nearby coastal town of Kastel Luksic
12:00 – 13:15 – A short walk to Vitturi Castle, situated on the coast, with a visit to the City Museum within the castle. We will have a tour of the permanent exhibition with the curator, who will talk about the history of the town, the building of the castle and the legend of Miljenko and Dobrila (and their sad love story!).
The tour is followed by wine tasting of the indigenous grape variety crljenak (similar to the more famous Zinfandel), presented by the local winemakers.
13:15 – 13:45 – After the visit, we continue our journey up to Malacka, with the spectacular views of Split, Trogir and nearby islands. We then continue the journey towards the interior and to the ethno-eco village of Skopljanci Radošić.
13:45 – 15:30 – In Skopljanci, the village host will tell us a story of the local traditional architecture, show us old items that were used in everyday life. This is followed by a walk to the large meadow, where a traditional Dalmatian lunch will be served.
15:30 – 16:10 – After lunch, we continue the journey to the beautiful coastal town of Trogir, which has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites since 1997.
16:10 – 17:15 – A walk along the old cobbled streets includes visits to the Cathedral of St. Lawrence (with its amazing Romanesque door carved in 1240 by Master Radovan), the 15th century Town Hall building, the Town Loggia, the Cipiko Palace, the Benedictine Monastery (founded in 1064) and the splendid Kamerlengo Tower.
17:15 – 17:45 –Bus drive back to Split.
- Bus transfer
- Tour guide
- Entrance tickets: Salona, Vitturi Castle, St. Lawrence Cathedral, Benedictine Monastery
- Wine tasting
- 3 course lunch with drinks
- Personal expenses