Salona and Split - 2 gems of Ancient Rome
The history of Dalmatia is a long one and its beginnings are shrouded in mystery. But Salona, the most important archeological site in Croatia, holds many answers and provides the visitors with some valuable information about life in these parts of the Mediterranean. Initially a coastal stronghold and the port of the Illyrian Delmats, the favorable geographic position and good road links to the hinterland contributed to the development of the impressive capital of the Roman province of Dalmatia with around 60 000 inhabitants. Like all major Roman towns, Salona had its baths, basilicas, temples, forum, theater and amphitheater. The once mighty town and a probable birthplace of Roman Emperor Diocletian swiftly declined in its importance in the beginning of the middle ages and was deserted and uninhabited ever since. Exploration and excavations have been carried out since the late 19th century and we have yet to learn the majority of the story behind the place where it all began.
Next stop on the tour through the ages is Split. Explore the city with the guide who loves it and lives it! See the spots, hear the stories and get the best insider tips.
The old town holds many wonders, such as the iconic Diocletian's Palace, 1700 year old living organism, that has witnessed everything from the deaths of emperors to the birth of dragons. Touch the gigantic toe of Grgur Ninski for good luck, solve the riddle of the ancient sphinx and experience daily life in the local green market. Showcase your sunglasses on the sunny Riva promenade, the longest runway in Split. We'll show you the city from its turbulent beginnings to the present, discovering amazing people and stories in the process. Conclude the trip with a breathtaking panoramic view from the Marjan hill, favorite getaway destination of locals, situated just a short walk away from the city centre.