The Diocletian’s Palace with Jewish Heritage

Explore The Diocletian’s Palace and The Old Town of Split with visits to The Synagogue and Jewish Ghetto.

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Tour duration
3-3,5 hours

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Start time
On demand

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Language
English

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Included
Licensed guide

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Excluded
Entrance fees

Meeting point
See here

HIGHLIGHTS

Join me on an exciting tour of Diocletian’s Palace and the Old Town followed by exploration of the Jewish history and culture in Split, visiting two main Jewish sites – the Synagogue and Jewish Ghetto.

We can also visit the Jewish cemetery, set up on Marjan Park Hill in 1573, 15 minutes’ walk from the Old Town. You can soak up some amazing views of the city with its harbour from the first viewpoint of Marjan. The cemetery can be reached via taxi. Please get in touch to fully customise the tour.

ITINERARY

We begin our tour with the exploration of the magnificent Diocletian’s Palace and travel back to the times of the Roman empire. Time to immerse into the rich cultural heritage of this vibrant city with its numerous palaces, quirky narrow streets and lively markets and artisan shops.

Firstly, we meet and admire the remarkable substructures of the palace. From there we continue to the upper part of this magnificent retirement villa of the emperor, built at the beginning of the 4th century.

Explore with me the intriguing remains of the dining halls, Peristyle square, Jupiter’s Temple, mausoleum and all four gates of the palace.

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Listen to some traditional Dalmatian singing in a beautiful Vestibule entrance hall of the palace. Klapa singing is inscribed on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. It is really emotional and pleasing to the ear to listen to these soothing tunes in a place with such remarkable acoustics like Vestibule.

Later we move over to the Synagogue where we meet a member of the Jewish community who shares his stories of the Jewish heritage in the city of Split. Many prominent members of this community played a significant role in the economical and historical development of Split.

The Jewish Community of Split is one of the oldest in Europe. The archaeological findings from the nearby Roman city of Salona prove that the Jews lived there together with the Romans, probably sometime between the 2nd and 3rd century AD. Centuries later, the citizens of Salona escaped the attacks of the Barbarians and inhabited the Diocletian’s Palace. The Jews shared the destiny of other citizens of Salona and started their life in Split.

 

ENTRANCE FEES

Substructures of the Diocletian’s Palace approx. €6.00 per person (HRK 45.00)

Mausoleum & Jupiter’s temple approx. €3.50 (HRK 25.00)

 

 

 

 

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We had a wonderful couple of hours with Jelena in Split. We were so grateful that she was able to fit us in at the last minute. (We actually overheard her giving another couple a tour when we first arrived and were quite impressed. We resolved to track her down, and we got lucky.) What a treat. Not only is she perfectly delightful, she is incredibly knowledgeable and professional, speaks perfect English, and has organized a tour that gives you great groundwork for a stay in Split, It’s so much more rewarding when you know the backstory.

Karla and Jim, the USA
 

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What others think

Walking tour of SPLIT

My husband and I were so fortunate to have Jelena Vrancic as our guide for a walking tour of Split which was thorough and interesting. We have traveled extensively in Europe and usually enlist the help of guides to orient us upon our arrival to any new destination. As a result, we have experienced many guides over the years. Without doubt, Jelena was the most professional, knowledgeable and pleasant guide we have ever had. It was a pleasure spending time with her. Her English was impeccable as well.

Rose W., California

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Made our Split travels perfect

Jelena is a seasoned teacher (15 years teaching English in area schools); her English comes naturally to her, her tours feel like she’s personally crafted the tour for you, and she is filled wth love and knowledge and pride for her country: what else could you ask for? Toward the end of our 4 hours together we felt like we’d met a friend, not a rote, dully memorized lecture. She is cheerful, intelligent, and engaging. You will not be disappointed! Call Jelena now!

Ihr. from New York

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The highlight of our 3-week trip

We had a wonderful couple of hours with Jelena in Split. We were so grateful that she was able to fit us in at the last minute. (We actually overheard her giving another couple a tour when we first arrived and were quite impressed. We resolved to track her down, and we got lucky.) What a treat. Not only is she perfectly delightful, she is incredibly knowledgeable and professional, speaks perfect English, and has organized a tour that gives you great groundwork for a stay in Split, It’s so much more rewarding when you know the backstory.

Karla and Jim, the USA
 

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Learn a local word

Picigin
/pee-tsee-geen/
noun

Picigin is a favourite Split game – nearly 100 years old! Created on the sandy beach of Bačvice around 1923, it’s played throughout all months of the year. Interestingly, it’s even played on Christmas Day!

It’s the only game protected as a cultural heritage so definitely check it out if you come to Split. The rules are quite simple. Picigin is played in a circle with two or more players – often, the more the merrier. The aim of the game is to keep a small rubber ball in the air between players as long as you can. Once the ball hits the ground – it’s game over!

So who fancies a game of picigin?

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