The town of Split plays host to the world’s most atmospheric Roman ruins, and Pula, one of its finest amphitheatres.
The remains of Diocletian’s Palace in Split, another Game of Thrones filming location, is now the buzzing heart of the city. Among the ancient columns, temples, walls and underground cellars that once made up the Roman emperor’s retirement home, you’ll find dozens of hidden bars, restaurants and shops. Stay at Apartments Salvezani, right in the centre of the Unesco World Heritage Site, and be sure to visit hip Uje, a restaurant and wine bar that also lies within the old palace boundaries.
The port city of Pula in Istria is noted for its first-century Roman amphitheatre, one of the best preserved in the world. Time your visit to the city to coincide with its annual film festival (held in July), which features screenings inside the ruin, or look out for one of its regular musical concerts.
Anchor off the islets of the Brijuni National Park, once Tito’s summer retreat, make a memorable day trip.