The jewel of the Slovenian coast, the medieval walled Venetian town of Piran stands compact on a small peninsula, capped by a neo-Gothic lighthouse and presided over by a hilltop Romanesque cathedral. Narrow, winding, cobbled streets lead to the main square, Trg Tartini, which in turn opens out onto a charming harbor. Historically, Piran's wealth was based on salt making. Culturally, the town is known as the birthplace of the 17th-century violinist and composer Giuseppe Tartini.

If you are arriving by car, avoid the tiny lanes around the harbor and instead leave the car in the lot outside of town. The lot farthest out has the cheapest long-term rates, and a shuttle bus will then take you into town.

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