Today I continue to tell the Valamar Gourmet blogger, blogs Italian first tour organized in Istria Istria Tourist Board.
On 31 May, we woke up with a blue sky and a warm sun and we left for Buzet, a village in the northern part of Istria known as the land of truffles, that can be found both blacks and the most fine whites ones.
Our program included a walk with the dogs to hunt for truffles after a hearty breakfast at the farm of the family Karlić, prospectors for generations.
They make use of 12 dogs’s help both Mixed (more resistant to disease, rain and low temperatures) and some lagotti. In Buzet there are more truffles dogs than people!
For those who love the precious tuber have to take note that the second weekend in September it is cooked in a giant pan fritaja of a huge size. They are used more than 2000 eggs accompanied by 10 kilograms of truffles. This event, in fact, marks the beginning of the 'Truffle Days'.
After this bucolic brackets we went to Motovun, a medieval town perched on a hill overlooking the valley of the river Mirna (quiet), dominated by the Gothic-Romanesque crenellated bell tower dating from the thirteenth century, next to the parish church of St. Stephen of the seventeenth century . In the central square the Romanesque town hall stands surrounded by many other historical buildings such as Palazzo Polesini.
From the large balcony you can admire the valley planted with vines, with the most well-known Istrian vineyards, such as Malvasia and Teran.
At this regard, I had the pleasure of tasting a fine selection of Istrian wine at the Welcome winery, remarkable sweet wine made from Malvasia grapes.
To note the effort that manufacturers are doing to make their products of high quality labels also attractive in the international market, including by promoting initiatives such as Vinistra.
Tired but pleasantly surprised by the beauty of the Istrian hinterland, I went back to the hotel and had dinner on the terrace of the restaurant at the hotel, enjoying a rosy sunset.
On June 1, the day begins with a hearty breakfast at the restaurant overlooking their beautiful swimming pool.
Won the temptation to dive, we head towards Labin, situated on a hill 320 meters high, located only 3 km from the sea.
The first remains, dating back to the Bronze Age, witness the presence of the first settlements from 2000 years BC. The name Labin seems to have Illyrian-Celtic origin, means ‘city on the hill' or 'high city', and it is for this reason that it is believed to have been founded by the Celts in the fourth century BC.
The present city is made up of three parts, the old town or high (Stari Grad), the lower town or Piedalbona (Podlabin) and the seaside resort of Rabac and Labin Porto (Rabac) located about 5 km from the center.
Walking through the narrow streets of the old town, from Porta Maggiore, you can see the Praetorian Palace, the Palace Scampicchio, The Palace Lazzarini Battiala and various other palaces transformed into museums, the Municipal Theatre, the Municipal Loggia, the Cathedral of Santa Maria (with an elegant facade and Gothic walled portal), the Church of Santo Stefano and the Church of San Giusto.
To take note the visit to the local museum to admire the archaeological and ethnological collection but especially the model of mine, the only one in this part of Europe. You have to remember that Labin is an important center for its deposits of bauxite, coal and cement marl.
After the walk to the historical center of Labin, we moved to the coast in Rabac, 'The Pearl of the Kvarner Bay'.
From the terrace of the Rabac’s hotel you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the bay and of the islands of Cres (Cres) and Losinj in the background and if you are lucky you may even see dolphins swimming.
The white pebble beaches, with gradual entry to the sea (also suitable for small children), and the lush Mediterranean vegetation are an ideal place to carve out moments of pure relaxation.
My journey at Valamar Gourmet Bloggers Tour continues, but I will tell you in the next few days.