Istrian towns and villages

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Smrikve Pula Premantura
Brijuni Vodnjan Medulin
Fazana Galizana Vizace
Peroj Svetvincenat Marcana
Bale Kanfanar Mutvoran
Monkodonja Dvigrad Krnica
Rovinj Zminj Rakalj
Lim Bay Sv. Petar u Sumi Barban
Klostar Tinjan Rasa
Gradina Beram Labin
Vrsar Trviz Rabac
Funtana Gracisce Sv. Martin
Sv. Lovrec Pazin Sumber
Sv. Ivan Lindar Pican
Porec Kascerga Krsan
Mali Sv. Andjelo Zamask Klostar
Baredine Cave Motovun Kozljak
Tar Oprtalj Gologorica
Visnjan Zrenj Paz
Vizinada Zavrsje Belaj
Novigrad Grimalda Boljun
Karpinjan Draguc Lupoglav
Dajla Racice Raspor
Brtonigla Sovinjak Slum
Seget Vrh Ucka
Umag Hum Plomin
Savudrija Roc Brsec
Groznjan Buzet Moscenice
Buje Kostel Lovran
Momjan Salez Opatija
Istra Veprinac

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Famous Istrians and Notable non - Istrians

The notable non Istrians are individuals who are not Istrian by birth or have not lived most of their lifes in Istria but who have been or are in some direct or significant way connected with Istria in their professional or social role:


  • Dario ALBERI (author of the book: “Istria – storia, arte, cultura”, born in Trieste, in Italy, in 1930)
  • Dante ALIGHIERI (Italian poet who wrote La Divina Commedia, The Divine Comedy, born in Florence, in Italy, in 1256. Dante Aleghieri visited Istria and in his art work he mentioned Pula)
  • Richard Francis Burton (British consul and explorer born in Hertfordshire, in UK, in 1821. Richard Burton wrote about Istrian prehistoric hillfort settlements and about the seaboard of Istria)
  • Giacomo Girolamo CASANOVA (spy, diplomat, writer and adventurer born in Venice, in Italy, in 1724. Visited Istria several times and in his memories he wrote about Vrsar)
  • Anton GNIRS (historiographer born in Zatec, in the Czech Republic, in 1873; Anton Gnirs did many studies of various Istrian monuments)
  • Drazan GUNJACA (Roman writer and lawyer born in Sinj, in Croatia, in 1958)
  • Thomas Graham JACKSON (architect, antiquarian, traveller and writer. In 1887 he wrote a three-volume book Dalmatia, the Quarnero and Istria with Cetinje in Montenegro and the Island of Grado; he was born in London, in the UK, in 1835)
  • James JOYCE (writer, educator and critic born in Rarhgar, a suburb of Dublin, in Irland, in 1882. James and Nora Joyce lived in Pula for four months but did not like the town probably due to the very cold winter 1904-1905, referred to it as a “naval Siberia”)
  • Pietro KANDLER (historiographer born in Trieste, in Italy, in 1804. Pietro Kandler published many articles about Istria that became significant sources on Istrian history)
  • Claudio MAGRIS (journalist and critic born in Trieste, in Italy, in 1939)
  • Vladimir NAZOR (writer, translator and polititians born in Zagreb in 1876. He wrote the tale Veli Joze. Veli Joze features a helpful and good-natured giant living in the area around Motovun, located in the inner Istria. During World War II, Nazor joined Tito's Partisans and after the war, he became the first president of the People's Republic of Croatia's Parliament in Federal Peple's Republic of Yugoslavia) 
  • Johann Weichard Freiherr VON VALVASOR (historiographer, geographer, ethnographer, cartographer, scientist, collector, soldier, painter and publisher born in Ljubljana, at that time named Laybach, in Slovenia, in 1641. In 1681 he published Carniolia, Karstia, Histria et Windorum Marchia where Valvasor writes also about Istria. This work offers a universal 17th century description of a large part of what is today Slovenia and also includes parts on Istria)
  • Dragan VELIKIC (writer born in Belgrade, in Serbia, in 1953. Dragan Velikic grown up in Pula and in his Roman Via Pola was inspired by Pula)
  • Jules Gabriel VERNE (writer born in Loire Atlantique, Pays-de-la-Loire, in France, in 1828. Mathias Sandorf novel is partially set in Trieste, Istria (Pazin) and Dalmatia)
  • Sextil PUSCARIU (filolog was born in Braşov, in Romania, in 1877. Sextil Puşcariu published in Bucureşti in 1926 the book “Studii istroromâne” about istro-romanian language)


  • Andrea PALLADIO (Renaissance architect born in Padua, in Italy, in 1508. Andrea Palladio, like Michelangelo Buonarotti and several other Renaissance architects, came to Pula to re-discover the art of building of the old Romans)
  • Carl SEIDL (architect born in Superk, in Moravska in 1858; he was among the most important architects in the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy and he designed in Istria some of the most beautiful villas in Lovran and Opatija such as: Frappart, Magnolia, Blankenstein, Rosenvilla, Santa Maria, Nizza, Count Brunitzky, Edera, Ariston, Tomasic, and several other interesting public buildings)
  • Natale TOMMASI (architect, born in Cagnola near Trento, in Italy in 1853; he was the architect of the Naval Church in Pula, of the current Pula’s Muesum building and of the Parish Church of St. Agnese in Medulin; he also contributed to the conservation of the most important Roman monuments in Pula and he also worked on the conservation of the Basilica in Porec)


  • Michelangelo BUONARROTI (Renaissance artist, one of the finest sculptors and artists of all time also well known for his painting of the Sistine Chapel ceiling in Vatican, born in Caprese, in Tuscany, in Italy. Michelangelo Buonarotti maybe visited Pula to study Roman monuments and his drawing (or Sangallo drawing) of the Triumphal Arch of the Sergi is kept in a museum in France)
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