Town of Motovun
Motovun (ital. Montona) is a medieval town that grew up on the site of an ancient city called Kastelijer. It is situated on a hill 270 meters (886 feet) above sea level with houses scattered all over the hill. On the inner walls are several coats-of-arms of different Motovun ruling families and two gravestones of Roman inhabitants (dating from the 1st century).
In the 10th and 11th centuries it belonged to the Bishop of Porec. From 1278 it was taken over by Venice and surrounded by solid walls which are still intact today, and used as a walkway with unique views over the four corners of Istria. All three parts of the town are connected by a system of internal and external fortifications with towers and city gates containing elements of Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance styles, built between the 14th and 17th centuries. It is a typical example of Venetian colonial architecture.
Motovun is situated in the heart of Istria peninsula, in the region rich with truffles, vineyards and olive trees, which determines its gastronomy offer. All-round the year, Motovun organizes different touristic fiestas, such as traditional and famous film festival, winery feast, truffle days, etc.
Many good restaurants, bars and wine cellars can be found in the city and its vicinity.