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Parenzana

A journey through the center of Istria inspired by the past

 

Parenzana or for short TPC (Trieste-Parenzo-Canfanaro) was a narrow gauge railway track that connected Trieste with Poreč from 1902 to 1935. Its 123 kilometer long route meant life to the places that it passed down transporting passengers, salt from the salt pans of Piran and Sečovlje, olive oil of the Buje and Motovun regions, fruit, vegetables, Istrian stone, lime, wood, flour and wine. In just 33 years it left an indelible mark on the people and nation, and on the centenary of its opening an initiative was begun for a kind of revival by the renovation of the bridges, roads and tunnels and tourist rides in this part of the Istrian landscape.

 

With the distinctive whistle of the conductor and crew members dressed in authentic uniforms, you will take a peek into the history, culture and attractions of this region, in doing so feeling larger than Veli Jože the brave and kind giant, the symbol of the freedom of the Istrian people. Today many walkers, explorers, cyclists and nature lovers enjoy this beauty of the fairytale route woven into the tame Istrian scenery. We should mention that due to the occasionally rougher surfaces of the trail it is suitable for MTB bikes, but not for road and trekking bikes.