The city of Dubrovnik hides many secrets and stories yet untold. Every corner of the walled city tells a tale, some peculiar, others gruesome. If you want to unveil the long-forgotten legends of this city, consider joining the Legends and Curiosities thematic tour. Our guide will take you through the maze of small, winding streets and entertain you with stories you won't find that easily in the guide books. There is a quirky side to Dubrovnik's history, one that is often left untold, lying underneath the layers of the more well-known historical facts. Curious details can be found all over the Old town and we will help you find them!
Were there indecent acts between the Franciscan friars and the nuns of St. Claire? The legend says they were publicly put to shame when a little stone ornament was placed above Pile gate, depicting two female and one male head. The story about the indecent connections between nuns and monks soon got going... What about the strange gargoyles around the town? We'll show you the ugliest and the most popular one and tell you the legend of an undying love and how it evolved into a crazy summer competition that requires good balance...
What legend connects king Richard the Lionheart with Dubrovnik? How on Earth did the king of England become stranded on Lokrum island? The Legends and Curiosities thematic tour will provide you with a new and amazingly different understanding of Dubrovnik. Are there secret tunnels under the city? What was going on in the streets of 16th century Dubrovnik after dark? The laws of the old Dubrovnik Republic were rigorous and when one did something bad there was a myriad of ways to punish them. Riding on a donkey bare-naked, exposed to the mocking and insults of the crowd was one of them. Indeed, Dubrovnik had its walk of shame, or rather, ride of shame, long before it became widely known!
Of the numerous legends and curiosities that can be told, we'll talk about the one regarding saint Blaise, our patron. How and why did he become Dubrovnik's patron saint? As legend has it, it was because he appeared in a dream to the rector of the old church of St. Stephen back in 972, warning him of a surprise attack by the Venetians. Having repelled the attackers, the pious folks of Dubrovnik chose Blaise as our heavenly protector. Well, there's another side to that legend, one closer to reality and everyday politics, to be fair... Join this thematic tour and discover another, hidden side of Dubrovnik, one that will spark your imagination and amaze you with its odd and eccentric features...
Duration: 2 hours
Price: 160 Kn per person ( ~21 EUR / ~18 GBP / ~25 USD)
Meeting point: Pile gate, see the map for more details.
Please note: this is a private tour, available on request. There is no set schedule, so please contact us if you're interested in doing this tour!
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The maximum number of guests per group is eight.