SLOVENIA

LJUBLJANA is the smallest and most intimate of Europe’s capitals, but vitally important in terms of 1920’s architecture, due to the vision of Joze Plecnik, known for his work in Prague. It is quirky, witty and sophisticated, yet informed by history. We include a private Plecnik villa, and there are fine Baroque buildings and interesting contemporary art too. Ptuj to the east is built on Roman foundations described by Tacitus in 69 AD, with stunning 17th century Orientalist paintings in the castle. With its numerous Renaissance and Baroque buildings it is now a UNESCO site. We visit monasteries, country houses and vineyards between the two, as well as Maribor to see the fine museum and cathedral. Slovenia is a paradise for good food and wine, and slow rural tourism. An extension to Trieste is also easily arranged.