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Piran is one of the oldest towns in Slovenia. Together with Ptuj and Škofja Loka it is a member of the Association of Old Towns of Slovenia. It stands on a peninsula and is the westernmost part of Slovenia. The commune of Piran has 17,000 inhabitants and the town itself 4,700. The municipality is bilingual, Slovene and Italian.

Its name comes from the Greek word Πυσ/Pyr, fire, as there was a lighthouse at the tip of the peninsula to warn boats sailing to Aegidia (now Koper). Under the Romans, the city was known as Piranum. After the XIIIth, it was part of the Republic of Venice and named Pirano. In the XVIIIth, it was integrated to the Austro-Hungarian Empire until WWI, when it was made part of Italy. After WWII, it was part of Zone B of the Free territory of Trieste, under Yugoslav rule and in 1954 it became full part of the Republic of Slovenia, one of the Republic of the Yugoslav Federation. Since the bursting of the Federation and the independence of Slovenia, the country has a dispute with Croatia about the access to the harbor by sea and the country borders in the gulf of Piran. This conflict, that blocked the admittance of Croatia into EU has been very recently settled (September 2009) which should now allow the admittance of Croatia into EU.

Piran had city walls as far as the VIIth century. They were extended in the XIIth and in the XVIth. The last extension gave the city walls the appearance they have nowadays. Piran is a member of the Walled Towns Friendship Circle of Europe. Piran is a very touristy town with a rich architecture.

  • Last visit to Piran: Aug 2009
  • Intro Updated Jun 8, 2010
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  • IreneMcKay's Profile Photo
    Apr 6, 2014 at 1:00 AM

    Lovely photos. Looks like a beautiful town. Irene

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Oct 3, 2011 at 4:05 AM

    Tartini Square looks like a lovely spot to take a stroll. I esp liked the Venetian House.

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Jun 5, 2011 at 8:17 AM

    Jean-Louis, fabulous page with brilliant photos of this Slovenian gem. Piran is still on my must visit list.

  • TheWanderingCamel's Profile Photo
    Sep 2, 2010 at 4:01 AM

    These little Adriatic towns have a lot of charm - and the problems with parking seem universal!

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Apr 2, 2010 at 12:54 PM

    Piran seems like a tricky place to visit! Interesting views of the narrow street to the quays. It seems that just about everyone has ruled Piran at one time or another! Arriving by car sounds extremely daunting - even for me!!

  • Andreja86's Profile Photo
    Mar 23, 2010 at 7:06 AM

    I know that Piran salt is very famous. Was you able to buy any of it?

  • lynnehamman's Profile Photo
    Feb 9, 2010 at 2:53 PM

    Lovely architecture in this pretty town. Lucky about the parking spot and late lunch! Good pics.

  • diosh's Profile Photo
    Feb 1, 2010 at 6:30 PM

    Piran looks like my kind of place:-)

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Dec 13, 2009 at 10:43 AM

    I must admit I have never heard of the composer and violinist Giuseppe Tartini, but he sounds like a very interesting and prolific musician. I'm glad to hear that Piran is very strict about enforcing the parking regulations for cars.

  • ranger49's Profile Photo
    Sep 25, 2009 at 1:43 PM

    Thanks for this grand tour of such an interesting town - and special thanks for the delicious sounding sea-food lunch.


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