This stunning villa, constructed of locally sourced, pale, honey-colored stone, is situated on the edge of the village of Vizisnada with commanding views over the lush, green hills of northern Istria. Reminiscent of the Tuscan countryside before it was overrun by tourists, this area has the delightful atmosphere of a place that time forgot.
The east facing upper terrace is the perfect location to experience sunrise over the hilltop town of Montovun, as the summer mists swirl upwards from the Mirna River valley. Or indeed an idyllic location to see the light change over the valley and the hilltops as the sun sets. Take one of the local fruity wines with you, or enjoy eating al fresco at one of the five possible dining locations in this well-equipped home (three outdoors and two indoors). There is wood-fired grill with large thick wood dining table on the pool/grill cabana level. The Infiniti pool stays refreshingly cool, even in the summer months, and has also been designed to take advantage of the bucolic views.
Transformed into the French town of Clermont in 1970 for the filming of the WWII movie Kelly’s Heroes, Vizisnada is centrally located to explore this culturally and historically diverse region. Sample the Agritourism (the original farm-to-table) tavernas and restaurants of “green Istria” with such specialities as: the black and white truffles, locally cured prosciutto and pancetta, Istrian beef (boskarin), boneless pork (ombolo), and different types of home-made pastas. Or head towards the coast just 15 minutes by car to Porec to partake of the specialities of “blue Istria”: fish stew, scallops, oysters, spider crab, sardines and scampi. Go on a wine or virgin olive oil tasting tour of the region. Stop by the local lavender grower’s market. Explore the Venetian heritage of Istria, starting in Vizisnada town square where the iconic winged lion of St Mark the Evangelist proclaims the early influence of La Serenissima. Follow the well-marked pedestrian or biking trails that follow the early 20th century, now defunct, Parenzana railway route from Trieste to Porec. Visit the many castles of the region dating back to the 10th, 11th and 12th centuries. Experience the deep faith of the early local Christian communities who learnt the stories of their faith from the beautiful frescoes painted inside their churches from the 12th through the 16th centuries, many of which are only now being uncovered under years of whitewash and plaster, beginning with those uncovered in the local 12th century Church of St Jerome near the town square. You will be reminded of this Christian heritage with the ringing of the Angelus at eight o’clock each morning. Learn about the development of the first Slavic alphabet, called the Glagolitic Script on the seven kilometer stretch between Roc and Hum. Or head to the many beautiful beaches just a short drive away on the west coast.