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City Tour of Antique Zadar

Discover how Zadar looked like during the period of Roman Empire. Learn how it got its name and get a glimpse of everyday’s life in ancient Zadar. Hear the story of Antique glass making and Zadar’s secret for longevity.

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DATES: available upon request


Zadar is a city of quite turbulent and long history. Situated at the very heart of Adriatic coast, for many years it represented urban center of the Dalmatia region. From the 9th century BC it was populated by Liburnians, ancient Illyrian tribe. In the 1st century it became part of the Roman Empire until the fall of the Western Roman Empire in 476. During that period Zadar acquired all characteristic of traditional ancient Roman city. Numerous remains of Roman urbanization and culture are visible even today and witness 3000 years long evolution of the city.


Duration: 2,5 hours

City tour of Antique Zadar starts at the antique Forum. Forum was center of social life in former Jadera and here your guide will explain the genesis of the name of the city. You will learn more about the Roman colonization of Zadar, urban planing of the city and its economic, religious and administrative function. You will discover locations of “taeberns” ancient indoor markets, location of former basilica and template dedicated to Capitoline Triad, group of three deities who were worshiped in ancient Roman religion.
After sightseeing of Roman Forum, you will head to nearby Archaeological museum. There, you will hear three stories: story about Liburnians, story of Colonia Iulia Iader and story about Croats.
After visiting Archaeological museum you will walk trough old town till the crossroad of two main streets in ancient Zadar: Decumanus Maximus and Cardo maximus.  These streets have kept theirs position until nowadays and your guide will introduce you to principles of planning ancient city and structure of its districts.
Following trails of ancient streets you will get to the Sea Gate. This gate contains parts of a Roman triumphal arch and was erected by Roman noble lady Melia Aninana in memory of her husband.
You will follow the city walls and climb to enter Museum of ancient glass. In there you will find out more about antique glass making workshops in Zadar, story of Emilio Atacin and Zadar’s secret for longevity and learn more about women beauty treatments in ancient Zadar.
After guided tour trough exhibits of Museum of ancient glass you will proceed towards “Porta Triumphalis”, once main entrance to antique Zadar. There your guide will speak about the gates and gatekeepers and the idea of “fortis facere”. Symbolically with the “story of in and out” ends this tour trough antique Zadar.

PRICE: upon request


  • Guided sightseeing with licensed heritage interpreter
  • Ticket for Archaeological museum
  • Ticket for Museum of ancient glass
  • insurance
  • VAT


  • meals and beverages
  • personal consumption

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RECOMMENDED AGE: suitable for all age groups
DIFFICULTY: easy walking tour, not physically demanding
HERITAGE INTERPRETER:  licensed English and French speaking guide
WHAT TO BRING: comfortable shoes, mobile phone, camera, pocket money and your ID


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