Istrian towns and villages

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Smrikve Pula Premantura
Brijuni Vodnjan Medulin
Fazana Galizana Vizace
Peroj Svetvincenat Marcana
Bale Kanfanar Mutvoran
Monkodonja Dvigrad Krnica
Rovinj Zminj Rakalj
Lim Bay Sv. Petar u Sumi Barban
Klostar Tinjan Rasa
Gradina Beram Labin
Vrsar Trviz Rabac
Funtana Gracisce Sv. Martin
Sv. Lovrec Pazin Sumber
Sv. Ivan Lindar Pican
Porec Kascerga Krsan
Mali Sv. Andjelo Zamask Klostar
Baredine Cave Motovun Kozljak
Tar Oprtalj Gologorica
Visnjan Zrenj Paz
Vizinada Zavrsje Belaj
Novigrad Grimalda Boljun
Karpinjan Draguc Lupoglav
Dajla Racice Raspor
Brtonigla Sovinjak Slum
Seget Vrh Ucka
Umag Hum Plomin
Savudrija Roc Brsec
Groznjan Buzet Moscenice
Buje Kostel Lovran
Momjan Salez Opatija
Istra Veprinac

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Istrian Traditional Instruments: “Rozenice, sopele, mih”


“Z armoniku v Rocu” is the name of the unique, traditional festival held every year on the second Sunday of May.

Violin or viol; also named: viulin, mala gigla – in Croatian; violin, viulin, picio zighisun – in Italian; skant, zinglic – in Slovenian. The violin became increasingly popular in the 19th century but it was already present in Istria in the 17th century.

Small double bass or bajs; also named: bajs – in Croatian, Slovenian; bajsadur, velika gigla – in Croatian; bassetto, leron, grando zighisun – in Italian. Similar type of this instrument can be found in Austria, Bohemia, Poland, Slovakia, Carnia and Slovenia.

During your stay in Istria it is likely that you will hear the sound of “rozenice”.

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