Located on a tiny, beak-shaped peninsula that juts into the Adriatic, Piran has the feel of a charming Italian coastal town. Indeed both Slovene and Italian are the official languages here. A walled city (fortified to protect the town centre from Ottoman raids), the architecture is in the Venetian Gothic style, as Piran was once a town of the Venetian empire. The houses on these narrow winding streets have generally remained intact, making the town arguably the most picturesque in Slovenia.
The tangle of streets open up at the oval-shaped Tartini Square (Tartinijev trg), named in honor of the Italian composer and musical theorist, Giuseppe Tartini, who was born in Piran in 1692 during the days when the town was part of the Republic of Venice. A statue of the composer stands in the handsome square and his house there is one of the oldest on the square, dating to around 1384, although renovated between 1985 and 1991. It’s now plays host to various events and exhibitions. Another notable residence on the square is Venetian House, another Venetian Gothic classic, with finely detailed architectural flourishes and a romantic Gothic balcony.