Have you ever thought of finding Italy well.. outside of Italy?
Follow the Adriatic coast, pass the city of Trieste, keep going and you arrive at the largest peninsula on the Adriatic coast: Istria which now belongs to Croatia but between World War I and World War II it used to be Italian.
The countryside has a wild and picturesque look, with green rolling hills and it feels as if time hasn’t passed there. Most little villages are so vintage looking and this is a real attraction for visitors who feel nostalgic about past times.
Most of the road signs are bilingual in Croatian and Italian languages, also shops have signs in Italian too. Even if a minority speaks Italian these days, Italian is considered a second language. As I don’t understand Croatian I was pleased I could use my Italian when I visited recently. Hubby and I had a romantic break a deux to chill out.
The history of Istria is a history with Roman and Venetian roots. Julius Caesar founded the colonies of Pola and Pore that’s why you will find Roman ruins in different parts of Croatia.