Istria Inspirit

Travel through time – a sea of sensations, a myriad of flavors, nine experiences, one Istria.
19 May – 06 October 2013

About the project

Istra Inspirit is a project of the Region of Istria, Istrian Tourist Board and Istrian Tourism Development Agency whose goal is to enrich the peninsula’s cultural tourism events. The project includes events that revive history, Istrian myths and legends at authentic locations. In only a few days, visitors will be able to travel through time, through the period of castles, Roman villas, urban centres and museums, participating in Roman feasts, medieval executions, Baroque balls and visiting a coal mine. Moments of Istria’s mystical history, demonstrated by excellent actors in superb scenery, followed by a specially prepared dinner with menus from various historical periods, entertainment, dancing and interesting surprises…
This is an opportunity to experience extraordinary magical adventures possible only in Istria!
Join this unique revival of the spirits of Istrian history!

Experience nine adventures, treat your taste buds to a myriad of new flavours close to home, in Istria. Go on a journey through the amazing past of this peninsula through Istria Inspirit’s re-enactments, feasts and plays. Be a guest at a Roman feast, stroll through Napoleon’s town, escape from a murky dungeon, watch an inquisition and burning at the stake, meet mythological creatures from the past, dance at a baroque ball or dive into the darkness of a deep coal mine. Enjoy performaces of well-versed actors at authentic locations and gastronomic delicacies from that particular period, included in every event. Try the foods of Roman emperors and poor fishermen, then dance and enjoy the amazing history the Istrian peninsula has to offer.

Mythical creatures of Istria, Pula

The food of the giant Veli Jože, the sorceress’s magic potions and games of the ancient circus

Enjoy an interactive program for children and adults, including sketches, workshops and playrooms with Istrian mythological creatures and legends. While watching a play of the ancient circus that once provided entertainment at fairs with unusual musicians, jugglers, clowns and fakirs, you will taste the magic potions of sorceresses and sorcerers and the food of the giant Veli Jože.

Spacio, Rovinj

The food of fishermen and farmers and discussions at the tavern

Not so long ago, fishermen would catch fish from their batana (a type of boat), while farmers made wine, after which they would all meet in the Spacio (tavern) and sing about their lives, the sea, country, tales of unhappy love and happy endings. They would comment everyday events and sometimes, filled with wine and fish, they would quarrel…

Old Buzet, Buzet

How they baked bread and what music they danced to in old Buzet

In an extraordinary surrounding you will experience sounds, flavours and fragrances, talk and music, sights and spirit of the 20th century and the past times. You will make your bread in the old-fashioned way, learn old dances accompanied by the sound of accordion, double bass and violin, play the game ‘pljočke’, or simply take a walk and discover the streets and squares, old workshops, tasting rooms, enotheques, souvenir shops…

The Miner’s Republic, Labin

Is there a sky under the ground? The lives and food of coal miners

Take a walk through the year 1921, 150 meters below ground, under 20 million tons of stone, where there were no sunlight, sky and perception of time, there was only the darkness… and REVOLUTION! This difficult and touching story about the human strength and pride will reveal the life of miners in one day, from their job to their meals…

Iustitia, Poreč

Domenico Furlan’s thievery and how justice was served

In the year 1699, the infamous robber Domenico Furlan destroyed the tabernacle of the Basilica in Poreč and stole its gold and silver ornaments. At his trial, he was found guilty of this unprecedented act and was executed. Join the people’s celebration of justice served that turns into a baroque celebration…

Jules Verne: Escape from the castle, Pazin

How Count Sandorf escaped from the castle and what Jules Verne knew about it

In Jules Verne’s novel, in 1867 Mathias Sandorf was preparing a conspiracy for the secession of Hungary from the Austro-Hungarian monarchy. But, he was discovered, and after a trial, was thrown in the Castle of Pazin to await execution. Sandorf and two other conspirators managed to escape from the castle by descending the cliff of the Cave of Pazin into its abyss. Enjoy this adrenaline adventure followed by a party, drinks and music from original historical time period….

The lighthouse of love, Savudrija

The secret love of Count Metternich and why they didn’t live happily ever after

The year 1818 marked the construction of the lighthouse that will later serve as love nest for Count Metternich and his lover, a young woman from Savudrija. Experience the delight of this forbidden love with the sound of a crackling fire and the fragrances and flavours of love potions. Enjoy the dishes sprinkled with aphrodisiacs and follow the story of two lovers.

Mare the witch, Svetvinčenat

Why the herbalist Mary was burned at the stake and how the executioners celebrated

Mare Radolovich was a local herbalist and healer who, in 1632, was accused of witchcraft by her neighbours, the same people that she had healed and helped. They accused her of making a pact with the devil, declared her a witch and condemned her to death by burning at the stake in the Castle’s courtyard. Did she survive? Discover the truth at this renaissance feast in magnificent Venetian fortress…

Crispo, Medulin

The feast Constantine the Great honoured his son with and what made the stepmother wicked

The year is 326, and Crispo has just returned from war to and his father, Constantine the Great, declares him his heir. Fausta, Crispo’s stepmother, tries to seduce him but does not succeed and decides to seek her revenge. This play takes you into the world of Roman plots and intrigues, love, hate and revenge, followed by a feast of dishes made according to ancient Roman recipes.