Piran is a city in Slovenia that is situated on a peninsular, which means that it cannot expand as there is no space for any more growth. This has meant that even though time has passed the city has remained largely the same. In recognition of its historical and cultural importance the Slovenian government has recently decided to protect the city.
It is up to the visitor to choose what time of year to visit Piran. In November there is not much happening in the city although it can be an enjoyable experience just to walk the narrow streets. Visitors will also want to enjoy a meal by the river and climb to the top of the campanile. From the top you will see beautiful views over Italy and Croatia.
Tartini Square or ‘Tartinijev trg’ is the focus of the town. This square is named after the famous composer and violinist, Guiseppe Tartini. In Slovenia the summer is warm and visitors will be able to visit Guiseppe Tartini’s house. The square and the two Venetian houses built in the fifteenth century are beautiful. Unfortunately however, the marble that surrounds the square is being used as a car park, so any pictures you might want to take of the square or houses will be obstructed by cars.
Piran is one of the wealthiest towns in Slovenia and has historically been a city that has traded with Italy. This has led to quite a different attitude developing Piran compared to neighbouring cities. The people here are more welcoming to Venetians than most other places in Slovenia.
Despite its wealth the town failed commercially after being taken over by the Austrian Empire, similar to what happened in Trieste just across the water in Italy. This has left the city untouched which has amazed historians for a long time. Segej Masera Maritime Museum has rather erratic opening hours throughout the year and does not open through the whole month of November. This museum looks at the history of the city, specifically at the rule of the Venetians. It looks at some key features that the rulers left the city with. First there is the sailing, which is popular in the city. Second there is the salt; if you go to the nearby Portoroz you will see a road with huge amounts of salt on it.
Piran share some similarities with Italy architecturally as well as in its food and drink. Piran does serve some Slovenian foods, but compared with the rest of the country, the city has a much more Italian influence.