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Trsteno (Croatia // South Dalmatia // Dubrovnik riviera)

Trsteno
Excursions
City tour: Dubrovnik
The city of Dubrovnik, once the center of the Dubrovnik Republic, today one of the most popular tourist destinations on the Adriatic coast. ...
Walking tour: Srd, Dubrovnik area
The town of Dubrovnik is situated by the feet of the Srđ hill.
This hill got its name because of the church dedicated to Saint...
Sea kayaking: Dubrovnik
Sunset tour, Dubrovnik
starts beneath the ancient fort St. Lawrence in the bay called Pile, next to the restaurant Orhan.
Walking tour: Dubrovnik area,Cavtat - Cilipi
Cavtat, the antique Epidaurus, was an important Roman colony in this region. Today, Cavtat is the largest and the only urban centre ...
Cycling: Dubrovnik area, Konavle
The excursion starts with a boat ride from Dubrovnik to Cavtat where the cycling part of the trip begins. The cycling route goes fro...
Walking tour: Island of Lopud, Dubrovnik
The Island of Lopud is the second largest island of the 13 Elfati Islands and it is 9N/m away from the city of Dubrovnik. It is l...
Visit: Folk Dance - Linđo folklor
If you want to explore the folklore and ethnography of Konavle you must visit Cilipi in Konavle.

In front of the St. Nich...
Sea kayaking: Dubrovnik (Exclusive Game of thrones kayaking tour)
Your 4,5 h long adventure tour starts beneath the ancient fort Lovrjenac which was used as a Red Keep in the small port called Pile (also...
Total excursions:
13

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Trsteno (Latin: Cannosa, Dalmatian: Canait) is a district of Dubrovnik in southern Croatia. It is located on the magistral road between the Orašac and Slano.

Trsteno Arboretum

Trsteno is most famous for its arboretum, is the oldest arboretum in this part of the world.[1] The arboretum was erected by the local noble family of Gozze in the late 15th century, who requested ship captains to bring back seeds and plants from their travels. The exact start date for the arboretum is unknown, but it was already in existence by 1492, when a 15 m span aqueduct to irrigate the arboretum was constructed; this aqueduct is still in use. It has been the property of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts since 1948, when it was donated. The Arboretum reserves a very special place among the old Ragusan, Dalmatian and Mediterranean parks. It includes a park surrounding the fifteenth century summer residence, which is a monument of garden architecture, and a nineteenth century park at Drvarica.

The arboretum passed into Yugoslav state ownership in 1945, and was declared a natural rarity in 1948. Since 1950 it has been managed by the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts. In 1962 the Arboretum Trsteno was registered in the list of protected natural monuments list as a monument of landscape architecture. The protected area covers around 255,000 square metres.

Trsteno suffered extensive damage and looting during the Croatian War of Independence when on October 2 and 3rd, 1991, the Yugoslav People's Army launched a series of gunboat and air attacks and set the Arboretum afire, destroying a large part of it, and causing partial damage to the summer residence and the oldest part of the arboretum. The arboretum was further severely damaged in 2000 by a forest fire during a drought, when around 120,000 square metres were lost in fire.

The pride of the arboretum, two Oriental Planes located on the central market place of Trsteno, survived both disasters undamaged. They are over 500 years old and are unique specimens of its kind in Europe. The ancient trees are both about 45/60 m tall and their trunks are 5 m in diameter. Within what was once the noble family's country house, there is the oldest Renaissance park in Croatia, designed in 1502, with numerous exotic plants.
 
 
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