🔅 From Diocletian's times to 2023🔅 - 🥇 BEST free walking tour

Duration: 1h and 30min
Languages: English
Guru: Ivana
Quality Verified Registered on March 21, 2023

Licensed Tourist Guide in Croatia. I am a passionate traveller who loves meeting people from all around the world. Except in Split where I grew up, I lived in other cities in Croatia and in Spain. I've studied French and Italian language and literature, and my curiosity was leading me always towards history, reading about other cultures, and traveling, so now, I really enjoy the mix I can offer as a guide; speaking in your language and telling you a history of my hometown. I am also a Tour Leader to Croatian biggest National Park - Plitvice Lakes. As a local, I enjoy soaking up the sun and drinking coffee for hours; "fjaka" is what we call it :). You won’t regret booking a tour with me, I guarantee you an exciting journey - stories about Greek Gods, Egyptian sphinxes, Temples, Roman Conspiracies, and much more! It's a beautiful and 1700 year old story that is worth your time.😊 🚩 SMALL GROUPS 🚩 GREAT INTRODUCTION to your stay in Croatia 🚩 TIPS & RECOMMENDATIONS after the tour

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

Together we will discover why Split is a hidden gem of the Mediterranean, from Diocletian’s times to nowadays – DISCOVER why everybody talks about Croatia! 

Our journey will start in 295 A.D., as you see you are visiting a 1700-year-old city, and wondering how it all happen. How the palace became the second-largest city in Croatia? And how is life in Croatia today

This free tour follows the footsteps of Diocletian, a local boy who left a huge impact on the Roman Empire. His palace, today a UNESCO World Heritage Site, holds historical sights, secrets, and stories that will come to life on this tour. 


This tour covers the most important Split’s historical events like:

  • Diocletian's comeback
  • Demolition of Salona 
  • Beginning of Settlement of the Palace
  • The transformation from pagan to Christian buildings


We will see different areas of the complex, such as the cellars and monumental Peristyle courtyard. Look at the emperor's private observatory and see the Cathedral of Saint Domnius, originally built as Diocletian's Mausoleum. Discover the site of the Temple of Jupiter and Baptistery, and the original Bronze Gate, Silver Gate, Golden Gate, and Iron Gate that provided access to the city. Discover a refuge for the noblewomen of Split at the Benedictine Monastery of St. Arnir, admire the original 15th-century Town Hall, and marvel at the Baroque monuments of Fruit Square (Voćni trg).

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Obala Hrvatskog narodnog preporoda 23...
    Obala Hrvatskog narodnog preporoda 23, 21000, Split, Croatia
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    In front of the "aROMA gelato experience Boutique" Split at Riva promenade - direction to ferry port, next to the Southern gate of Diocletian's Palace

  • 1
    Outside visit
  • 2
    Outside visit
    Diocletian's Cellars
  • 3
    Outside visit
  • 4
    Outside visit
    Jupiter's Temple
  • 5
    Outside visit
    Saint Domnius Cathedral
  • 6
    Outside visit
  • 7
    Outside visit
    Golden Gate
  • 8
    Outside visit
    Gregory of Nin
  • 9
    Outside visit
    Narodni trg (Pjaca)
  • 10
    Outside visit
    Fruit square

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Carolyn 09 Sep 2023

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Travelled in group - Sep 2023
Our walking tour with Ivana met and exceeded expectations! She was a wealth of information about history from Diocletian’s time to the present. She was able to answer all of our questions, give us excellent recommendations for Split, and was so professional! I would give her 5+ stars!!!
Nuno 26 Aug 2023

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Travelled alone - Aug 2023
Don't miss this tour! Ivana was a great tour guide and the things I learned about Split made me look to the city with a different perspective.
Rose 12 Aug 2023

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Travelled in group - Aug 2023
Ivana was a great tour guide. She was knowledgeable, funny and interesting. She welcomed and encouraged questions and was very engaging.
Andy Farquharson 12 Aug 2023

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Travelled in couple - Aug 2023
Ivana was fantastic. Informative and fun, very friendly and always ready to answer our questions. Have us a great incite into the history and present day in Split. Would highly recommend her tour to any visitor.
Sandra 10 Aug 2023

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Travelled in couple - Aug 2023
I would highly recommend Ivana she was lovely, knowledgeable and fun.
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Accepts reservations up to 100 people.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Only cash payment is accepted.
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