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In the centre of the southernpart of Istria, halfway down betwen Pazin and Pula, near by the road connecting inland istria with the south of the peninsula, lies the old town of Svetvinčenat, with its mediaeval castle, churches and bell-tower.
Svetvinčenat, Savičenta und Sanvicenti, sind drei Namen für den gleichen Ort, die aus dem Namen des hispanischen Märtyrers Heiliger Vinzenz und der gleichnamigen Abtei, um die das Städtchen gegründet wurde, stammen. Die Geschichte beginnt am Ort des heutigen Friedhofs, wo die tüchtigen Benediktiner als Pioniere die Wälder rodeten, das Land bebauten, ihre Quartiere und die Kirche erstellten und damit die ersten Bewohner angezogen. Zwischen den hohen, schweigsamen Zypressen, die das gut erhaltene Bauwerk von Svetvinčenat verbergen, hört man noch heute den alten Wahlspruch ˝Ora et labora˝ (bete und arbeite).
*The church of St. Vincent
Svetvinčenat and its surrounding countryside is know, not only for its historical and cultural legacy and a real aboundance on the folklore and artistic manifestation, but also by its recreational possibilites – a number of recrenational bike and walking pathways, rich flora and fauna, large and rich hunting grounds, excellent wine and geniune Istrian cuisine. The Istrian cuisine today, as many other things in Istria after all, is a blend of different historic and cultural influences. Its base is, however, the Mediterranean prevailingly Italian gastronomy. The Istrian dhises are therefore simple and very tasty, imaginative and moderate, having many characteristics of bouth, littoral and continental ways of food preparing.Its basic characteristics could generally be described as more boiling, less roastin, very moderate seasoning, simple side dishes consisting of vegetables and pasta, plenty of wild growth and grape vinegar and olive oil dressed salads. As a far as the cold dishes are concerned, the best you can be offered in Istria are the famous home-made prosciutto anb sheep-milk cheese. As a hors-d'oeuvre you must also tray different kinds of local pasta-dishes (fuži, gnocchi, pasutice...) or famous soups and Istrian «maneštra». Main dishes are based on various sorts of meat (poultry, game) with tasty side dishes with plenty of vegetable, pasta, different orts of salads. Istria has always been know by its wines. It was by its wines that Istria has become renowned since the Roman and Greek times. Malvasia, Pinot and Moscato – the best white sorts of Istrian wines. Borgnogna, Merlot and Terrano – the famous red wines. In Svetvinčenat there are several taverns, a restaurant and pizza-house. Svetvinčenat and its surrounding contryside, a region rich in flora and fauna, is above all an attractive recreational part of Istria. It is overflowed with medicinal herbs (rue, mint, wormwood, nettle, sage, rosemary, dandelion, elder, juniper, wild asparagus and is a natural habitat of a hundred sorts of edible mushrooms, like boletus, chanterelle, cep, slender funnel fungus... During the week-end the countryside around Svetvinčenat becomes the hunter meeting place. For both, the local and Italian hunting enthusiasts there are rich 4200 hectares of pheasant, partidge, hare, woodcock and quail hunting grounds.
The Svetvinčenat community covers an agricultural area located in the inland part of the southwestern plateau belonging
to the Poreč-Pula area.
Get to Croatia by flying to Venice. Venezia Lines departs daily from Venice to all major resorts in Istria. Day trip tickets available to Venice, to make your Istrian holiday even more memorable.
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Istra Inspirit is a series of events that revive history, Istrian myths and legends at authentic locations. Take an opportunity to experience extraordinary magical adventures possible only in Istria!
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