martes, 23 de diciembre de 2014

First Roman Road in Central Dalmatia opened near Split, Croatia

Better known for its sun-kissed coastline and islands, the focus on popular Croatian tourism region Central Dalmatia was on the interior on December 19, 2014, as the first stretch of the region's Roman roads was opened between Kurtovići and Klapavice, in a ceremony which was attended by officials from neighbouring Klis and Dugopolje, and project leader Lino Ursić and archaeologist Miroslav Gogala, as well as Central Dalmatia Tourist Board Director, Josko Stella.
Stella, who was interviewed by Digital Journal earlier this year, has been an important driving force in trying to diversify the region's tourism away from over-reliance on sea and beach tourism, and he unveiled the Roman road initiative at a press conference in Split last year.
The 2 kilometre stretch is the first to be opened under the initiative, which plans to make the region's rich Roman heritage more accessible to tourists. The ancient Roman city of Salona just outside Split was an extremely important base prior to its sacking, while Diocletian's Palace is the former retirement home of the Roman Emperor of the same name. It is the most popular tourist attraction in the Dalmatian capital of Split, and new discoveries about the palace were recently presented in London by chief conservationist Radoslav Buzancic.
The Roman road initiative is in line with a new national tourist board initiative called Croatia 365, which aims to prolong the season, focusing on key areas such as culture and heritage, and the location of the road, at the entrance to the Dalmatian hinterland of Zagora, is one more attraction in a region which was recently toured by Digital Journal with local outdoor specialist Dalmatia Explorer.
It was also the subject of the latest promotional video of Central Dalmatia, as previously reported (see video below).

Source: Digital Journal:

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