Free history tour of Split with a historian guide

Duration: 1h and 30min
Languages: English
Guru: Ivan
Registered on June 06, 2023

Hello! I am Ivan Fistanić, a licenced tour guide with a master degree in history and art history with many years of experience.

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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

Hello! I am Ivan Fistanić, a licensed tour guide with a master's degree in history and art history.

My tour reveals parts of the historic city that you might otherwise miss if exploring in a tour vehicle. On this tour, you will visit the ancient, medieval, and modern amazing history of Split.

On the tour we will visit:

  • Riva Harbor, Riva Promenade
  • The Peristyle of Diocletian's Palace
  • Vestibulum of Diocletian's Palace
  • Cathedral of Saint Domnius
  • Temple of Jupiter
  • The Golden Gate
  • Grgur Ninski Statue
  • Pjaca, People’s Square
  • Venetian fortress at Fruit Square

This tour is realized by a local historian tour guide. 

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Ul. kralja Tomislava 15, 21000, Split...
    Ul. kralja Tomislava 15, 21000, Split, Croatia
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    I will be by the Grgur Ninski statue wearing a red T-shirt

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Ulica kralja Tomislava 12

    The Golden Gate is the main entrance to the Palace, and one of the four main Roman gates into the Diocletian's Palace. The gate is on the road to the north, towards Salona, the capital of the Roman province of Dalmatia and Diocletian's birthplace. Golden Gate are situated opposite to one more very known monument, Gregory of Nin.

  • 2
    Outside visit

    We are now at Peristyle, the open space of the imperial square. As a central spot of the Palace, it is framed on both sides by monumental arcades and oriented towards the imperial loggia. Admire the stunning colonnaded square, one of the most beautiful ones on the Mediterranean. Also you will be able to hear about transitions of the buildings and life as result of expansion of christianity.

  • 3
    Outside visit
    Saint Domnius Cathedral

    Standing on the Peristil, you can not miss seeing the Cathedral of St. Domnius. While you standing in front of it, I will be showing you the signifant parts of it and explaining you facts and story behind it. The Cathedral is one of the best preserved Roman structures in the city, and it's still in use to this day! We will not be entering inside, but everything that needs to be know about will be said.

  • 4
    Outside visit
    Jupiter's Temple

    The Temple of Jupiter, is one of the best-preserved late roman temples in the world. The location was chosen to signify the divine connection between the emperor Diocletian and Jupiter. The Ancient Roman God of the sky and thunder & king of the Gods. During the Middle Ages, the Temple was converted into a baptistery dedicated to St. John the Baptist.

  • 5
    Outside visit

    Vestibulum or preentrance of the Diocletian`s private chambers in the Palace was decorated in accordance of its importnace. You will found out what it looked like and what was its function. Also, from this place we will check up Triclinium, the dining place

  • 6
    Outside visit
    Diocletian's Cellars

    The basement halls of Diocletian's Palace (more accurately known as the substructures), are one of the world's best-preserved complexes from the era of classical antiquity.

  • 7
    Outside visit

    Riva is a meeting point, of both locals and visitors, and the main city promenade. Here I am going to explain you how Riva was built during the centuries and tell you about its importance for locals as it became central place in the city. Also, the southern wall of Diocletian's Palace is beautifully seen from that spot.

  • 8
    Outside visit
    Fruit square

    One of the most picturesque squares just outside the palace of the Roman emperor Diocletian. You will hear about significant monument which stands in the middle of it as well as about other surrounding important sights of the square. Fruit Square is dominated by the remains of the 15th century Venetian fort.

  • 9
    Outside visit
    Narodni trg (Pjaca)

    Situated in front of the old Town Hall, outside the western wall of the Diocletian's Palace, it has always attracted the visitors with its variety and vivacity. That is the main square of the city since medieval times. On the square, we can see the 14th century Town Hall and other interesting structures.

  • 10
    Outside visit
    Gregory of Nin

    We will end our tour where we started, by the statue of Grgur Ninski. Dominant and recognisable statue, a landmark of Split. I will explain you what it represents and what it means for Croatian language and culture of the early medieval times.

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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Mark 18 Apr 2024

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Travelled in group - Apr 2024
Ivan’s tour was fantastic! Just what we were looking for and hoping to have: a very knowledgeable guide with great personality and presentation. It is our habit to seek out a walking tour in the places we visit. We have developed a preference for small groups led by a historian or at least someone very familiar with the local history. Ivan was perfect. His presentation was clear, organized, coherent (which can be tricky with all the various rulers and peoples governing Split over all these centuries). He explained misconceptions, gave additional information and answered questions knowledgeablely and acknowledged when he didn’t know an answer. We were so disappointed that he was off the day we wanted to book a tour with him when our sister came to town. We would all recommend Ivan as a guide in a heartbeat!
Dominic 12 Apr 2024

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Travelled in family - Apr 2024
Ivan is a fantastic guide - he adapted to the different ages & interests in the group, talked with great depth & breadth across the cities extensive & varied history. His passion & knowledge really shined though - thank you Ivan & strongly recommend to all & anyone looking for a guide in Split.
Michael 06 Apr 2024
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Travelled in couple - Apr 2024
Ivan is the best guide we have had after visiting many countries. His knowledge and communication style is superb. We learned so much - he made Split come alive for us. We feel lucky to have had him as our guide. We give him our highest rating and recommendation to others.
James 17 Mar 2024

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Travelled alone - Mar 2024
Excellent tour from Ivan, who ran the tour even though I was the only attendee and could only give a backpacker-budget type of tip.
Marcela 24 Feb 2024

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Travelled in couple - Feb 2024
Marvelous guide.
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Not suitable for 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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