Did you know that Poreč and Trieste were once connected by a railway called Parenzana, which passed through a large number of Istrian towns, including Vižinada. It was in operation as a railway from 1902 to 1935, and at the beginning of 2000 it was converted into a recreational trail.
The railway called Parenzana was the basic economic link between Istria and the world and enabled the development of the then poorest parts of Istria. In addition to transporting passengers, agricultural products such as olive oil, fruit and vegetables, wine, and cereals were also transported.
The Istrian part of Parenzana passes through beautiful valleys, over green hills, through vineyards and olive groves to medieval towns. The special feature of the route is the preserved tunnels and viaducts, which are masterpieces of the architecture of the time. Many interesting things are connected with Parenzana, and some of them are as follows.
The first is how the train moved at a maximum speed of 31 km/h, the second interesting thing is that the carriages were lit with kerosene lamps. The third point of interest tells about the fate of the rails of this railway. Mussolini’s authorities removed, or dismantled, the rails and shipped them to their colony in Ethiopia. However, the ship never reached its destination because the ship was shipwrecked in the Mediterranean Sea, which is why she was nicknamed the Istrian Titanic.
Despite the mutual influence of time and nature on erasing the traces of the railway line, the Parenzana revitalization project called “Path of Health and Friendship” was launched. If your attention is drawn to Parenzana, you want to learn more about it and you want to meander through it with quads, we recommend that you take a look at our “Parenzana Magic” tour.