Motovun Impressions: Discover the Ancient Istrian Gem

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The Istrian town of Motovun is preparing an attractive tourist package for the upcoming season

At the end of last year, the Municipal Council of Motovun passed a decision to start charging an entrance fee for the Motovun city walls. The local authorities and the Motovun Tourist Board have now started to work on a project aiming to improve the tourist offer in the iconic Istrian town, reports Glas Istre on January 21, 2018.

Titled ‘Motovun Impressions’, the project intends to involve the entire local community. In exchange for a single ticket, guests will be provided access and insight into a diverse range of locations in the ancient town located on a hill above the river Mirna.

The main attraction will still be the Motovun walls, the best preserved medieval fortification system in Istria which is equipped with a photo-point and tourist telescopes at two locations. The package will also include a tour of the parish church of St. Stephen, the town loggia, the gallery Pet Kula and the tower Nova vrata. All the listed locations are part of the first stage of the project, with more attractions to join: a visit to the local museum, a tour of all five churches in Motovun, and a sculpture workshop. ‘Motovun Impressions’ aims to present a well-rounded itinerary that will guide the visitors from the bottom of the Motovun hill to the highest view-point in town.

“We wish for the visitors to experience Motovun as an Istrian gem, a place where visual attractions are intertwined with various activities. This should encourage the local providers of services in tourism to expand the offer, but also help to preserve and improve Motovun’s infrastructure”, said Iva Jeletić Prodan, the director of the Motovun Tourist Board.

In recent years, Motovun has been seeing around 200.000 guests annually. The number of visitors keeps growing, increasing the pressure on the outdated infrastructure in town. Introduction of a ticket system will result in funds required for management and maintenance, helping to keep the town clean and safe.

The entrance fees are supposed to be introduced in March and stay in effect until November. The proposed price list currently cites 25 kuna for individual visitors, 20 kuna per person for organised group visits, 15 kuna for students and retirees, and 40 kuna for a family ticket (2 adults with kids).

It’s also worth noting the project was devised as non-profit; all the revenue generated by ‘Motovun Impressions’ will be used exclusively to manage the cultural heritage in Motovun and to further expand the offer with new content.


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