Capital truffle forests of Motovun
• The capital of truffle forests of Motovun
The town with a funny name Motovun - a wonderful place, and another mine Croatian discovery.
Amazingly beautiful city, stuck in time 200 years, in which the lives of all 530 people, the birthplace of the famous racing driver Mario Andretti, which Croatia is the world capital of the truffle and that ... for some unknown reason to me, deprived of the attention of tourist community.
But the fact that it is located away from the tourist routes, not harm Motovun, but rather gives it a special value. Everything is exactly as with truffles, which in Motovun forest a huge amount, and which have a much higher value in comparison with dozens of other kinds of precious mushrooms.
In general, let's look at this Motovun
This small medieval town is located in a peaceful valley on the highest hill in the area, overlooking the valleys and dense beech forests, full of fragrant black truffle.
In the Middle Ages, due to frequent raids of barbarian tribes, the population of these areas has been forced to withdraw from the coast deep into the Istrian peninsula, and to build in the hills of the powerful city-fortress that could withstand a long siege.
One of these cities is Motovun, built in the XII-XIII centuries. Walls of the city, as well as most of the buildings in it, a few hundred years, so that the city is in full can be called frozen in time.
To get to the city on the tourist bus you do not succeed, that is. To. In Motovun allowed to enter cars only. Buses bring tourists to the special site where a special shuttle dovozit people before the start of the city's main streets. Here, instead of signs "Motovun" welcomes guests wooden plaque "Vino".
Still, truffle capital of Croatia Motovun began not so long ago, and that's an important center of wine and olive oil production has been since the Middle Ages ...
The atmosphere of Motovun streets is difficult to describe in words.
You go, if the aisle, hewn in the rock. And in fact, you are surrounded by the walls of houses in the same wooden shutters. Street bends and goes somewhere upwards.
Now, it becomes clear why here denied entry and buses, and even razvoznyih gruzovichkov. Here, a car with a man barely warm up, not to mention the major transport ...
Surprisingly, Motovun and true to a large extent deprived of the attention of tourist guides and tour guides. This is confirmed by the fact that here only a few hotels, apartments and restaurants.
But how are damn atmospheric!
He is the absence of cars. Its narrow streets and meander like the rays diverge from the central square, where the local children often play with the ball.
and even cars in the open-air museum are its exhibits.
The city is very different from many of the ancient medieval Croatian towns its completeness, monolithic. Well-preserved ensemble of old buildings on cobbled streets creates an enchanting atmosphere. Different cultural epochs have left their mark here - in the heart of the Gothic style are combined with elegant renaissance buildings, among which are housed modern restaurants offering dishes with truffles, truffle and truffle based on a delicious local wine.
Here, in a restaurant, you try and dishes made with local produce and truffles, and wine made by the restaurateurs.
From this white Malvasia from the red Pinot and Teran (all local grape varieties)
Distribution of the old town is traditional for the medieval castles. The powerful circular fortress wall in the shape of a ring and two half rings, dividing the city into three parts, was built at the end of XIII - beginning of XIV century, after Motovun transition under the rule of Venice. Entrance to the castle - through the gates of the city with a tower in the south-western part of the wall. Where we're going.
Once inside the fortress falls into a completely different world ...
In the central city area best seen the very neighborhood of Gothic and Renaissance.
On the right the bell tower of the church of St. Stephen, and at the opposite end of the square palace of the XVIII century Venetian style, built by the famous architect Andrea Palladio.
The palace now houses the city's main hotel Kaštel.
The bell tower rises high above the Motovun, and it can be seen from several kilometers away
Clock, over which time slowly takes over
Roof tiles on the roofs of ancient buildings too slowly gives up power time
Prostor. Here space everywhere ...
The city walls completely encircle the old city and with them open insanely beautiful panoramas in all directions.
And inside these walls web of narrow streets
It runs its own life ... I wonder, what is it? Certainly quiet, calm, in the warmer months, tourists diluted, albeit few and completely measured off winter ...
Interestingly, there is generally applied the phrase "hurry on business"?
Here you can buy not only the local gastronomic specialties and traditional souvenirs, but also old toys, including handmade ...
In general, in Motovun much all some fantastic, unreal ... But it happens
Pillows, carefully laid on a stone bench by one of the residents.
Tenderness among stone
Merchant souvenirs. I bought him an old toy, released in the middle of the last century.
Dancing bean, which is necessary to get a rusty key in the back.
I sell to someone ...
And Motovun leaves no feeling of some disrepair, sadness, dullness and boredom.
There are a lot of children, from which constantly stands a noise and that enliven this congealed in the nineteenth century, the city ...