Explore TROGIR and SALONA

 

Visit the most important archaeological site from Roman and early medieval times in Croatia. Explore the history and culture of UNESCO protected Trogir Old Town and lose yourself among its medieval narrow cobbled streets on our historical, archaeological and cultural half day tour from Split. The tour price depends on the number of people. Included in the price:

-van transport from your hotel to Salona, Trogir and back

-official local guide in English (half a day, full tours of Salona and Trogir)

-Entrance tickets to Salona archaeological site, Trogir cathedral, Baptistery and Sacristy

This program can be organised any day of your stay, just call in the morning the day before you wish to go. In case you would like any changes in the programme, please just ask!

Suggested Itinerary for a half day tour of Trogir and Salona

At the specified time (preferably just after breakfast), you’ll meet your guide in front of your hotel or apartment. After a pleasant 20 minutes drive you’ll approach Salona archaeological site and start with a sightseeing tour.

Salona – Frozen In Time

Salona is a very special archaeological site as it was once the biggest Roman city in the region. With around 60,000 inhabitants at the height of its power, the massive stone walls, the forum with its adjacent great temples, amphitheatre, theatre, early Christian basilicas, sophisticated sewage and street systems, Salona was completely devastated in an early 7th century raid by Avar and Slavic warriors. The inhabitants of Salona fled the savage onslaught and never returned, leaving the ruins to be covered by centuries of soil, debris and grass. Excavations, still undergoing, began at the beginning of last century and as it looks now, it will be a never-ending story. Literally, wherever you start digging, something is found!

In the course of around one to one and half hours, you’ll learn all about the history, architecture and ways of life in this once prosperous and dazzling Roman city. The numerous archaeological finds date from the 1st century BC (the era of Augustus and Julius Caesar), through glorious centuries of the Roman Empire, Diocletian’s time, early Christian times and finally the turbulent 5th and 6th centuries. The best preserved ruins are religious complexes from early Christian times: episcopal buildings, basilicas, martyrs’ graveyards and funeral churches, but also some typically Roman architectural monuments like city gates, amphitheatre, city walls and so on.

Trogir – The Treasure of Many Centuries

The tour then proceeds on to the oldest urban settlement in the central Dalmatian region. Trogir is a typical Dalmatian stone town, situated on a little island in the middle of a channel formed by the main shore and Čiovo island. Dating back to the Ancient Greek and Roman era, every epoch left  its own imprint, making Trogir a unique historical blend of monuments and art. The charm of Trogir is easily felt in every single stone street, within every noble family palace inside its walls. Every bell tower tells its own story…

Sightseeing tours of UNESCO protected Trogir Old Town usually takes around 2 hours. Start with the north city gates, continue to the main town square where there is an amazing Romanesque cathedral, some other old churches, city loggia and fine examples of medieval noble families’ palaces. The cathedral itself is like a book you could read for days- firstly its architecture, the Romanesque body of the church, the early gothic bell tower, late gothic baptistery and the special renaissance treasure, St John’s chapel.

The chapel’s west gate is one of the most famous examples of Romanesque art in western Europe, the choir stalls display amazing wood carving and the wooden paintings adorning the walls are masterpieces of medieval painting. After this amazing walk in history, we’ll proceed with a relaxing walk around some other nice churches, monasteries and monuments of the central part of the town, emerging through the south gate to the promenade. A short walk towards the tip of the island will take us next to the Dominican and Augustine church, both adorned by beautiful old bell towers. We’ll end up in front of one of the Trogir’s landmarks- Kamerlengo. This strong Venetian fortress, defended Trogir from the sea and it is also possible to visit if you wish.

Exploring Trogir on Your Own

There are numerous things you can do with your free time in Trogir, just choose whatever suits your mood. Spend at least half an hour strolling along the waterfront (a place to have coffee on a cafe bar terrace, or an ice cream while sitting on a bench), then go inside the city walls and walk aimlessly around, just follow your instincts, and you’ll instinctively discover some beautiful little streets, secret passages and small open courtyards. One thing you have to do is get lost in those streets; it happens all the time and usually lasts until you inevitably end up either on the promenade or on the main square (after a lot of laughing!).

There are three very interesting museums you can explore, depending on your preferences. The Museum of the Cathedral has an amazing collection of medieval paintings. Museum of Trogir displays mostly sculpture works dating from all periods of its history and one small but precious collection is in the Monastery of St Nicholas, famous for the original relief of the Greek god Kairos; a god of happy moment and a symbol of Trogir. Trogir is also famous for traditional Dalmatian taverns, or ‘konoba’, serving some of the local specialities. Apart from the standard fish menu (a must in every restaurant in Dalmatia), in Trogir you should try ‘pasticada s njokima’ (marinated stuffed beef cooked in thick sauce and served with homemade gnocchis). For dessert, taste their simple walnut cookies called ‘raviole’.

At a specified time and place your van awaits to take you back to the hotel (half to one hour, depending on the traffic).

We Wish You A Warm Welcome To Croatia And Especially Salona And Trogir!