Villa Bellezza is unique in the grandeur of its 2000-square-meter Renaissance garden. Surrounded by high stone walls, the garden features a majestic central walking promenade with original stone columns, each topped by a unique capital, carved with a variety of floral motifs from the garden. These graceful columns today bear witness to the importance of Dubrovnik landscape architecture of the Renaissance period.
Spirit of Dubrovnik, this stunning medieval stone walled city rising proudly from the blue Adriatic is summed up in its passionate motto of “Libertas”: freedom. Today, Dubrovnik is one of the Europe’s most attractive tourist destinations and its worldwide fame is well deserved. Even though the grand fortification encircling the Unesco protected old town ...
Spirit of Dubrovnik, this stunning medieval stone walled city rising proudly from the blue Adriatic is summed up in its passionate motto of “Libertas”: freedom. Today, Dubrovnik is one of the Europe’s most attractive tourist destinations and its worldwide fame is well deserved. Even though the grand fortification encircling the Unesco protected old town is the first sight you see upon arrival, its interior is just as impressive. As you walk through the streets heaving with people, take a moment to savour the vista of the shining paving stones of Stradun, the heart of the city.
City walls and towers: Dubrovnik's city walls were built in the 13th century, are 1,970 metres in length and allow you to walk around the entire perimeter of the Old Town center. The walls also incorporate several towers: Minčeta Tower to the north, Bokar Tower to the west, Sveti Ivan (St. John) Tower to the southeast, Fort Revelin to the east and Fort Lovrijenac on the crag outside the walls. The stroll, offering a splendid view of the open sea, the island of Lokrum and the Elaphiti islands, takes about two hours, with the adventure starting on the west side of Stradun where the entrance is located.
Stradun: The chief avenue in the Old Town is an interesting attraction accessed from the west through the Pila Gate and from the east by the Ploča Gate. From the very entrance, visitors will come across a number of impressive monuments such as the greater of the Onofrio fountains and Orlando's column as well as a bevy of bars, restaurants and municipal events.
Fort Lovrijenac: The fort is located outside the city walls on a 37-metre high crag and is considered a symbol of the liberty of Dubrovnik. It is frequently referred to as the ''Gibraltar of Dubrovnik.'' At the entrance is the inscription ''Non bene pro toto libertas venditur auro'' (Liberty is not sold for all the treasures of the world). In the summer, Fort Lovrijenac is a stage for many theatre plays during the Dubrovnik Summer Games.
Dubrovnik synagogue: This Jewish temple in the city is also a museum and it is considered to be the oldest Sephardic synagogue in the world. The synagogue was built in the 15th century and features exhibits dating from the 16th to 18th century.
Churches: Dubrovnik's best-known church is the one dedicated to St. Blaise (Sveti Vlaho), the city's patron saint, standing on Luža Square at the site of an older Romanesque church dedicated to the same saint. The church survived powerful earthquakes, fires and Yugoslav Army shelling during the Homeland War. The feast day of St. Blaise is celebrated every year in February, closing with a mass in the church.
The Church of the Holy Salvation (Sveti Spas), the Church of the Assumption of Mary and the Church of St. Dominic are traditional sacral edifices in Dubrovnik offering a unique window into the city's history and architecture.
Mount Srđ: Mount Srđ rises to the north of Dubrovnik, its peak at 413 metres above sea level with Fort Imperial, home to a Homeland War memorial museum. On exhibit are all of the weaponry used in the attack launched from this site against Dubrovnik with photographs and video documentation. The elevation offers a striking panorama of the entire city, the open sea and the islands. Since 2010, the most interesting way to get to the top of Srđ has been to take the renovated cable car—in just minutes you can enjoy the amazing view and enjoy a coffee or other refreshment on the terrace: take in the unique panorama and enjoy the cool breeze.