Have you put Brtonigla in your travel planner? Great, now let me share with you some interesting facts about this city that will only increase your anticipation of meeting it live!
How did Brtonigla get its name?
Brtonigla was first mentioned in written documents in the 13th century, under the name Ortonegro, which originates from the Roman name Hortus niger, meaning black garden. It is said to have been given its striking name after the color of the soil that prevails around the city.
Who is the patron saint of the city?
Sv. Zenon is an early Christian bishop from Verona who lived in the 4th century. Brtonigla celebrates him as its patron saint. The magnificent parish church, built in the 19th century, was named after him. You will recognize it from afar by its yellow façade and red tower.
What are the four soils of Brtonigla?
In the Brtonigla area, all four types of Istrian soil are represented – red, black, white and gray. On the basis of this natural peculiarity, an interesting wine project “4 Countries – 4 Wines” has been developed. As part of it, the local varieties of Malvasia and Teran were planted on all four soil types. The same varieties grown on different types of land produced different, yet equally good, wines. The fruits of this successful project can be enjoyed with the local winemakers for whom Brtonigla is widely known.
What famous artist lived here?
The painter and sculptor Aleksandar Rukavina is one of the most significant Croatian artists of the 20th century. He spent part of his life in Brtonigla. Since 1989, the city has featured a memorial gallery bearing his name, which you can visit in the summer or with prior notice to the local tourist office in all other seasons.
What goes on in Brtonigla?
Brtonigla regularly organizes interesting events, and some of them you may enjoy this month! If you like a good drop and you don’t hate sweets either, be sure to visit the Chocolate and Wine Festival in mid-February. The traditional Brtonigla Adventure Trek race, which is being held at the same time, will certainly be of interest to the recreational athletes. And this is just the beginning of a rich program of events that waiting for you all year round in Brtonigla!!