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Atlas Obscura The ‘Hairy Stone’ Fortress of Croatia

The largest peninsula on the Adriatic Sea is shared by Italy, Slovenia, and Croatia. It’s home to a number of castles, but the ruins of Croatia’s Pietrapelosa are among the best preserved in the area.

The castle, which stands above the Bračana River Valley, is the second largest on the peninsula. Known for the moss that has always grown up its sides, its name is made up of the Italian words meaning “hairy stone.”

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World Heritage Site 1986
30.07km
Škocjan Caves

This exceptional system of limestone caves comprises collapsed dolines, some 6 km of underground passages with a total depth of more than 200 m, many waterfalls and one of the largest known underground chambers. The site, located in the Kras region (lit…

Atlas Obscura 2018
11.58km
A Remarkably Preserved ‘Danse Macabre’ Fresco

A pristine depiction of the medieval dance of death.

Atlas Obscura 2021
36.67km
Limski Kanal

Discover Limski Kanal in Croatia: This narrow fjord-like bay is the largest ria in the Mediterranean Sea.

Atlas Obscura 2017
14.09km
Grožnjan Town Loggia

Discover Grožnjan Town Loggia in Grožnjan, Croatia: The Renaissance-era courthouse is a relic from the fortified town's centuries of Venetian rule.

Atlas Obscura 2019
29.13km
Bora Trieste

Discover Bora Trieste in Trieste, Italy: The Adriatic's most famous wind can be reliably experienced in the city's Marina.

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29.22km
Piran
Atlas Obscura 2020
32.02km
Faro della Vittoria (Victory Lighthouse)

Discover Faro della Vittoria (Victory Lighthouse) in Trieste, Italy: One of the tallest lighthouses in the world also serves as a monument to the fallen of World War I.

Brutalism 1957
49.87km
Complesso Zipser Grado
Atlas Obscura 2021
46.79km
Castello di Duino

Discover Castello di Duino in Duino, Italy: This beautiful 14th-century castle perched on a promontory overlooks the Bay of Trieste.

Atlas Obscura 2021
28.8km
Arco di Riccardo

Discover Arco di Riccardo in Trieste, Italy: This Roman monument is surrounded by more recent construction, offering a stark contrast between ancient architecture and the modern urban landscape.

Atlas Obscura 2020
48.72km
Monumento ai Lupi di Toscana

Discover Monumento ai Lupi di Toscana in San Giovanni di Duino, Italy: Two bronze wolves atop this large rock honor the "Wolves of Tuscany" brigade of World War I.

Atlas Obscura 2020
29.59km
‘Ursus’

Discover 'Ursus' in Trieste, Italy: This historic floating crane became an unlikely symbol of the port of Trieste.

Brutalism 1969
26.67km
Il Quadrilatero (ATER) Rozzol Melara
Atlas Obscura 2020
16.58km
Svetište Sv. Marije na Škriljinah (The Sanctuary of St. Mary of the Rocks)

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World Heritage Site 1997
30.88km
Episcopal Complex of the Euphrasian Basilica in the Historic Centre of Poreč

The group of religious monuments in Porec, where Christianity was established as early as the 4th century, constitutes the most complete surviving complex of its type. The basilica, atrium, baptistery and episcopal palace are outstanding examples of rel…

Atlas Obscura 2021
48.2km
Duino Mithraeum

Discover Duino Mithraeum in Duino, Italy: Europe's only Temple of Mithras located in a natural cave.

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47.78km
Postojna
Brutalism
32.42km
Hotel Adriatic II
Brutalism
34.04km
Santuario di Monte Grisa