Terracotta-colored rooftops and brilliant white building facades line the streets of this picturesque city on the coast of Slovenia. Locals say this tiny town is among the nation’s most beautiful, and despite its small size, Piran is worthy of an entire day to explore.
Travelers can venture to Tartinijev, the oval-shaped town square, where white stones line the streets and a statue of a well-known violinist holds court over the lively public space. Architecture lovers will enjoy the square's oldest building, the Venetian House, which is known for its unique color as well as the inscription between the windows: "Lassa pur dir," ("Let them talk") which acted as a message from the Venetian merchant who had the house built for his mistress.
The Sergej Masera Maritime Museum showcases exhibits that tell the story of Piran’s past, while the Church of St George stands as an impressive example of local religious architecture and offers impressive city and harbor views from atop the bell tower.
Getting to Piran can be tricky, but it is well worth it. The closest airport is Trieste, while coaches run into the city and take about 90 minutes. While there is no train station, there are frequent buses to and from Izola, Koper, Portoroz and Ljubljana. If you're coming over from Italy, there is a regular public boat service from Venice. Getting around Piran is must easier, and because it is so small, can be seen by foot without hassle. Cars are not advised, as there is very limited parking and it can be very expensive. If you've rented a car, there is parking available outside the city, with a free shuttle bus to the lot every 15 minutes.