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Peristil Square
Flanked by two Corinthian colonnades, Peristil Square is the central plaza of the town of Split and part of Diocletian's Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. An 187-feet (57-meter) eye-catching belfry towers above the square; climb to the top for a stellar view of the sea.

The Basics
Walk under Italian marble columns that frame the monumental entrance to the imperial Vestibul, a cavernous open dome above the ground floor passageway, and traverse the foyer that leads into the emperor's residential quarters. Explore the adjoining St. Domnius Cathedral, housed in an octagonal structure that was once the emperor’s mausoleum—an ironic end to a man who persecuted Christians. Explore the square as part part of greater Split on a half-day or full-day walking tour.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Peristil Square is suitable for solo travelers, couples, and families.
  • Walking tours of Split usually require a moderate amount of walking.
  • Due to uneven surfaces, walking tours are not recommended for those with walking disabilities or who use a wheelchair.

How to Get There
Peristil Square in the heart of Split is about a 7-minute walk from Split’s main ferry terminal. Central Split is compact and easily navigable on foot and has limited public transportation.

When to Get There

Peristil Square hosts events throughout the year, most notably during the Split Summer Festival when the square transforms into an open-air opera theater. Go in the mornings for traditional klapa band performances in the Vestibule where the acoustics are pitch-perfect. The best time to visit Split is September and October when tourist crowds have dispersed, but the Adriatic Sea is still warm enough for a dip.

A House Fit for a King
Roman emperor Diocletian (284 to 305) was an aficionado of all things Egyptian. He was so taken by the granite sphinxes of Luxor (circa 1,500 BC) that he brought over more than a dozen. Three sphinxes remain today in Split. One can be seen at Peristil Square; the second (headless) stands guard at the entrance of Jupiter's Temple; and the third is displayed at Split Archaeological Museum.
Address: Peristil Square, Split 21000, Croatia
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Diocletian Palace Walking Tour and Optional Trip to Trogir

Discover the ins and outs, secrets and secluded spots of Diocletian’s Place in Split, a UNESCO-World Heritage-listed spot, with a knowledgeable local guide as you traverse this 1,700-year-old palace that has become a part of the city. The 1.5-hour tour takes you through the palace to Peristyle Square, underground cellars, the Temple of St. Jupiter and the Cathedral of St. Duje. And if that’s not enough, upgrade the tour to include an additional 2-hour tour of nearby Trogir, a stunningly gorgeous small town that is beautifully preserved and off the radar to many tourists. 
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Split Day Trip from Dubrovnik

Ditch Dubrovnik for the day and head to Split, the lovely coastal town 140 miles (229 kilometers) up the coast. After meeting your guide, learn about the history of the area during the three-hour drive. Once in town, take a 1.5-hour walking tour of the city. See incredible sights, like Dioclean's Palace, the Riva promenade, and ancient churches and temples. Take free time to do some sightseeing on your own and perhaps enjoy a meal at a local restaurant.
  • Duration: 13 hours
  • Duration: 13 hours
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Split Like a Local: Private tours in English and Spanish

Private guided tours of Split, offered both in English and Spanish, are tailored just for you! Split is my hometown, I have been living here for more than 20 years and I'm passionate about sharing its beauty and culture! I would love you to see Split through the eyes of a local and I know those hidden gems that you often miss when traveling independently. Whatever you’re looking for, I’ll be happy to point you in the right direction, helping you choose great spots to eat, drink and make amazing experiences!
  • Duration: 90 to 120 minutes
  • Duration: 90 to 120 minutes
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Split City Walking Tour

Appreciating the historic sights of Split can be difficult on a self-led walking tour. Discover city highlights, including the UNESCO-listed Diocletian's Palace, the Gregory of Nin statue, and Riva promenade, with illuminating insights provided by a local guide. Gain an intimate perspective of the city as you explore by foot, and benefit from the small-group tour size for a more personalized experience.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Split walking tour with cellars! A drink, a walk and a talk with a local guide

We start off with a drink on the promenade of town, as it is usual for locals. Split has a very interesting and long story so I will introduce you to the town in that time. Then we start off by visiting the substructures of the Diocletian's palace, which is the only part of the palace where everything looks like almost 2000 years ago. Then we proceed to the surface and see the rest of the town. Everything depends on how much you can and want to see or hear!
  • Duration: 1 to 3 hours
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Split Shore Excursion: Diocletian Palace Walking Tour

Explore Diocletian’s Palace — the UNESCO-listed palace complex once home to Roman emperor Diocletian — in the heart of Split on this 1.5-hour shore excursion. Discover how the one-time Imperial residence grew into a city within a city as you wander amid grand squares, well-preserved temples and Romanesque churches. See highlights such as Peristyle Square, the Temple of Jupiter and St Duje Cathedral, and learn more about the rags-to-riches emperor and the city of Split.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Spectacular Split Walking Tour

Enjoy the beautiful area of Split and discover some hidden treasures.Step back in time and walk with me through Diocletian's palace.Diocletian palace is one of the most preserved monuments of the Roman architecture in the world.It is a combination of a luxury villa and Roman military camp (castrum). This is a must-see art.We will take an exciting journey that starts at promenade bronze map. We will then enter the substructures of the palace where we will unlock a lot of secrets.We will proceed to Diocletian's living room where you can get in touch with Roman living habits. Then, we will walk on two main streets of cardo and decumanos which are main streets of every Roman town.We will see the cathedral, Jupiter's temple, four monumental doors, the statue of Gregory of Knin, Pjaca square and Fruit square. You will see also Peristyle the centre of the palace used for religious reasons.I will also show you green market and fish market. This is one and a half hour of amazing history.
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  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Private Tour: Split Day Trip from Dubrovnik

Take a ride up the Dalmatian Coast to the seaside town of Split, Croatia's second biggest city, and home to the astonishing Diocletian's Palace, a 1,700-year-old erstwhile palace of a Roman emperor. This full-day guided trip is a great way to see a little bit more of Croatia while you're in Dubrovnik. Stroll the streets of Split, learning about its history, and seeing sites like Republic Square and the Cathedral of St. Domnius, among other great sites.
  • Duration: 14 hours
  • Duration: 14 hours
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Private Split Walking Tour

This is a private walking tour that is custom made just for you and your small group! No other participants will join on your tour. It is unique that this tour includes inside visit of the Cathedral in Split and Jupiter's Temple. Cathedral of Split is one of the oldest and most unique cathedrals in the world - it is a burial site of the roman's emperor Diocletian!
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Split Walking Tour

Explore the history-steeped city of Split with a 1.5-hour walking tour. Begin with a walk along the fashionable Riva promenade, and then veer off down the narrow walkways that lead into UNESCO-listed Diocletian’s Palace at the heart of Split Old Town. Wander amid ancient ruins and see showstopper sights such as Peristyle Square and the Cathedral of St Duje as you listen to your guide’s commentary about Emperor Diocletian and the evolution of his illustrious palace. Explore, too, the eye-catching Republic Square (Prokurative) before turning back onto the waterfront.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Walking tour Split

Gain a comprehensive overview of Split’s UNESCO-listed landmarks on a walking tour led by a professional. The small-group size ensures more personalized attention from your guide, with convenient hotel pickup and drop-off optimizing your sightseeing time. Learn more about the city’s Roman, medieval, and modern history as you discover landmarks including the St. Domnius Cathedral, Grgur Ninski statue, and Diocletian’s Palace.
  • Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes
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Discover Split History with the local

Discover Split History with the local tour will take you on exciting exploration of city vibes, culture, history and local customs! Join us on a guided, walking tour that will take you on unforgettable journey through history of Split. Learn all about this vibrant town, stroll its streets with your experienced guide and unveil its secrets!
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Game of Thrones Split Tour

Immerse yourself in the unique world of Game of Thrones and explore the places where the filming of one of the most famous series of today took place. Let your professional guide lead you through the 1700-years old Diocletian palace and explain you every detail about the series and history on this fun and unique tour.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Eco City Tour Split

Our eEco tuk-tuk vehicles are 100% electricand environment friendlyOur team is consisted of experienced local tourist guides, born and raised in town of Split!
  • Duration: 90 to 180 minutes
  • Duration: 90 to 180 minutes
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SPLIT CITY TOUR

Today, the City of Split is the largest Dalmatian city and port. 1700 years ago, during the time of Ancient Rome, it was founded on the Marjan Peninsula surrounded by the historical towns of ancient Salona and Trogir. We will stroll the narrow streets of Diocletian’s Palace, built by the 4th century Roman Emperor, tour its excellently preserved basement galleries and visit the old Temple of Jupiter in the central, ancient Peristyle Square, today the city Cathedral and the oldest building of its kind in the world. We will also pass the protected Golden and Silver Gates, walk through the historical squares to the lively markets and Riva, the ideal place for strolling and shopping
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Walking Tour of Split with a ''Magister'' of History

-I will guide you through all of the relevant sites in the center of Split left by the past in a logical manner following the cities development through time. I will take you through Roman times first where the story begins, over the christianisation of the city and medieval times to early modern age all the way to Napoleonic times. -We make a little break in the middle and get some coffe/beer/icecream!-I have a Wi-Fi hotspot on me!-I carry a tablet on which I try to demonstrate most of the things am mentioning!-And I am a Historian after all, and I can tell you so much more about history. And by that I don't mean only about history of Split. I can tell you anything you want to know about history of Croatia in general. Many people want to know about World War 2, the fall of Yugoslavia or Yugoslavia in general, the Homeland War of the nineties, Ottoman conquests, Hungarian-Croatian Kingdom and so much more.-I am a local from Split, I've been living here for my whole life!
  • Duration: 120 to 150 minutes
  • Duration: 120 to 150 minutes
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Historical tour of Split

A professional tour through Split is what you want, especially when your guide grew up between the very walls you came to discover.
  • Duration: 100 to 120 minutes
  • Duration: 100 to 120 minutes
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Tour through Split old town

Tour through Diocletian's palace and surrounding attractions is what you want, especially when the tourguide grew up within the very walls you came to discover.
  • Duration: 100 to 120 minutes
  • Duration: 100 to 120 minutes
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Historical tour through Split

I am a licensed tourguide and will lead you through history of the very streets I grew up in. I speak Mandarin Chinese, Italian, Spanish and English and I love working with people. I will tell you interesting stories about the city and the way of life of an average "Splitizen".
  • Duration: 60 to 130 minutes
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