Tartini Square (Tartinijev trg)

Tartini Square (Tartinijev trg)

Tartini Square (Tartinijev trg)
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TravelerTP
Northern Virginia, VA934 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Piran is a beautiful town, and Tartini Square is lovely. It's not like so many busy, touristy, over-run European plazas. It's quaint, and the people there are going about their daily life. It's wonderful, authentic, and charming.
Written January 20, 2020
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MayLehmannNYC
New York City, NY1,295 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Couples
Recently we spent 2 weeks renting an amazing apartment in Piran, over-looking Tartini Square. For anyone who has never been to Piran, Slovenia, I’d highly recommend the trip. Two weeks is a luxury, but one week is time well-spent to enjoy this Adriatic gem. The few hours or one day that many tours offer is not enough. Like “old town” Ljubljana, Piran is traffic-free which gives you the luxury of no automobiles, buses, motorbikes -- in other words, no noise pollution. There is parking outside the town not far from the bus station, a short 10-minute walk to Piran’s center. “Gratis” local buses stop directly outside of Tartini Square to pick up travelers going shorter distances. Other buses take riders to other seaside communities such as Portoroz,Koper and Isola. Facing the waterfront, there is a smattering of souvenir shops but mostly stores dealing with clothing, shoes, jewelry, and a few art galleries and museums as well.

Once inside Tartini Square, you are faced with one of THE most harmonious squares I’ve ever seen: baroque colonnaded buildings share the same sweep with Venetian-style mansions, all beautifully painted in soft reds, yellows, and greens. Near the middle of the square is a statue to Piran’s favorite son, Giuseppe Tartini, the famous Italian violinist. In one sweep of the square a series of café/restaurants welcome you; on the other, the town hall, an old court house, a Modern Art Museum, The Venetian House and Tartini’s House which you can tour to view Tartini’s musical scores, books, one of his violins, and even his death mask. A congenial and knowledgeable guide, Bruno, took us through Tartini’s history as well as that of Piran’s. He had no problems fielding any of our questions both musical and historical, and his excellent command of English was an added plus. Inside the Town Hall is a beautiful painting by Tintoretto which can be privately viewed by requesting an appointment through the guard upon entering the building. Once leaving the square you have several options to experience one of those “knock your socks off” views of the town. Above the town, make your way to either the ramparts (the remains of the town’s walls which you can climb for a 1 Euro fee) or the tower of St. Giorgio’s (here there is no elevator, but it’s well worth the climb). If you can do both, you’ll be rewarded by different views of Piran, but both are knockouts. I climbed both twice, once in morning and once in afternoon and for me, I preferred the experience of that 10:00 AM sun.

If climbing is not your thing, walking around town can be equally rewarding. The First of May Square, Trg 1 Maja, is more in the “heart” of Piran than Tartini is: location wise. After walking through several arched alleys, you’ll come into the tiny square adorned with elevated statues of Law and Justice. Facing the statues on your left is an exceptional eatery: Il Cantini, canopied by grape vines, offering a limited but delicious menu, particularly inexpensive seafood accompanied by French Fries -- It’s worth it just to get the French Fries. You order at the window, and they ring a bell when your order is ready. You then take it to a table, and savor not only the food but the quiet and beauty of this little jewel of a square. If you want a beverage, you go to the adjoining café Klet–and place your order. Odd? You bet, but as the adage goes, “When in Rome. . . .” Il Cantini was one of several excellent restaurants we found during our 2 weeks in Piran. Others included Pri Mari, Casa Nostromo, Ristorante Verdi, and Mario on Tartini Square just to name a few, and if you want what I consider the best ice cream in Piran, you must make a beeline to Karamela, right next to the bus stop. After sampling every Gelatoria in Piran, Karamela got my vote as serving up the richest, most delectable ice ceam.

Piran has an assortment of beaches, from concrete to rocks and pebbles (no sand). All are 5 minutes from the center of the town and offer opportunities to enjoy the sun and the glorious water of the Adriatic. There are other activities such as paddle boarding, snorkeling and scuba diving.

Shopping in Piran is also a treat. There’s even a trendy clothing store–Jack Jones–and an outstanding jewelry and crafts store–the Duka Gallery on Partizanska St which carries lovely handmade jewelry, earthenware and crafts. Another outstanding selection is to be had at Alora Market not far from the bus station, and in one street from the bay. The gallery features all Slovenian artists with art works ranging from fine leather goods to paintings, pottery and adorable handmade fairies. In the glorious Venetian House on Tartini Square is a shop carrying beautiful items (soap, oils, etc.) all relating to Piran’s most famous “industry,” the nearby salt flats which still produces some of the world’s finest table salt.

Come to Piran to enjoy the glories of this lovely Italianate community with a strong Slovenian flavor. Street signs are in both languages. Stay to savor the many smaller pleasures of a varied and “lived-in” red-roofed town.
Written October 9, 2013
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SloZlo
Portoroz, Slovenia104 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
Tartini squer is a heart of Piran this squear is realy special. In summertime is a ongoing moving from a locals to Japonese turists all togheter forming a unique atmosphere. At the late evning i've noticed all locals come to the squere and discussing about ordinary life it seems that Tartini have a magic to beat the internet.All children playing with parents close .I fell imediately welcome and homemade.At the night usually is some music concert specialy at the weekends.So definitely to visit anytime.
Written October 1, 2017
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swift314
Sheffield, UK12,111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Friends
Sperb square the main feature pont of Piran - regular street artists, great cafes around the square ideal place to sit and watch the world go by. Gets very very hot at midday and tends to be a meeting place for tour groups so best visited early evening.
Written September 5, 2015
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Jeanny8
The Netherlands1,544 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Friends
Sit on a terrace and drink in the morning your cup of coffee and look at people passing the square.
On some days there is a small market. On the square is the statue of the composer/violonist Tartini. You can still find some Venetian symbols on this place (As long time ago this region was under Venetian reign)
Written April 12, 2014
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ct-cruisers
Connecticut6,167 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2011 • Couples
We had taken a bus to Piran from Koper. The bus stopped just before the entrance to the old city part of Piran. As you enter Piran, you come to a large piazza called Tartini Square. Facing the harbor, the square is lined with shops, cafes, and houses. Giuseppe Tartini (1692-1770) was a famous violinist and composer who came from Piran. In the center of the square is a statue of Tartini.

Along the edge of the square are several interesting buildings including the Town Hall, the Venetian House, and the Tartini House. There are several cafes where you can sit down for a drink or meal.

There are two flag poles from the 14th century that once welcomed people that came into what was the old harbor area prior to its being filled in and made into a square.

From the square, you can walk up the hill to see the Church of St. George or walk out to the harbor and past the cafes along the Riva to the Punta (point) where a lighthouse and church are located.
Written October 28, 2011
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Aleksandar
Belgrade, Serbia8,216 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Friends
Very picturesque little square, wide open to the sea. Home of the Town hall, as well as several nice restaurants and cafes.

Beautiful to enjoy in the evenings.

Not to be missed.
Written August 24, 2016
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Pekka P
Vienna, Austria23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Couples
In the middle of everything and so beautiful. Try when it gets dark. Unforgetable. You have to park outside to get there, though.
Written July 26, 2016
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Oxheyian
Watford59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Family
Piran looked good in the guide books, but was a real little gem in reality. It's very different to the mostly-Alpine scenery of Slovenia and is very Mediterranean with pretty squares and narrow alleys. Compared to Croatia it was also remarkably cheap. Being traffic-free was also a bonus and the edge of Tartini Square is a drop-off point for cars, but they are not allowed to park.

Tartini Square is really the place to start from, with cafes, museums, the visitor centre and plenty of alleys to wander and explore. There were a few stall-holders when we were there (the real market is just behind the town hall in the square.) A great place to spend a few hours!
Written June 11, 2015
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fabioinmontreal
Montreal, Canada5,532 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Couples
Like in every town near the sea, there is a central square …
Tartini square is not exception: Lovely full of activities, children play, tourist listen to guides, numerous cafes waiting for customers, shops and ice cream parlors as well…
On Sunday it becomes market (Italian market) with delicious (quite overpriced) products from local villages…. Salami, cheese, pasta etc..
Lovely town square at midnight. silent and monumental
Written May 25, 2015
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