Last week, LAG “Central Istria” hosted partner representatives from Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, Romania, Bulgaria, Germany and Serbia as part of the INSiGHTS project funded by the INTERREG Danube Transnational Cooperation Program in which LAG “Central Istria” is participating as one of the partners.
The study visit was focused on transnational learning and exchange on green and healthy tourism. Partners were introduced to the best practices of Central Istria region, starting with the wine tasting, bike riding at the Parenzana trail, traditional Istrian pastry making and the adrenaline-cultural experiences of tourist offer in Pazin.
Partners met on Tuesday afternoon in Motovun for a short presentation of Istria with the specific emphasis on the Central Istria region. Later partners also took a guided walk around the old town of Motovun and the day ended with wine tasting at the local winery. Day two of the study visit started with the unique experience – the Parenzana bike trail ride from Motovun to local agrotourism where the partners continued with their Steering Committee and thematic meeting. In the evening the partners were able to test their skills in the traditional Istrian pastry making workshop. The pastry named Pazinski cukerančić is currently in the process of being protected as intagible cultural heritage of the Republic of Croatia. On Thursday partners visited Pazin where they could choose between the ZipLine Pazinska jama adrenaline experience and Pazin Castle visit. Flying on the zip-line offers enough time to enjoy the unusual view on a grandiose abyss and a medieval castle on its cliffs. On the other hand the Pazin Castle is a medieval fortification built on a solid rock situated in the middle of the town of Pazin which today holds two museums – Ethnographic Museum of Istria and Pazin Town Museum. The last stop of the study visit was at the cemetery church of St. Mary of the Rocks, situated in the vicinity of Beram. Within itself it holds one of the most valuable accomplishments of Istrian medieval painting – well preserved late-gothic frescos almost entirely covering the inner walls of the church made by master Vincent of Kastav. The strongest impression leaves the fresco called „Dance of the Dead“, where in front of our eyes kings, merchants, cardinals, even the Pope himself dance hand in hand with death.
The next multilateral study visit will take place in Hungary in March 2018..
More information on the INSiGHTS project is available on the official website of the project: www.interreg-danube.eu/insights