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memories, this time from my adventurous lone trip to Croatia and Slovenia two years ago, after fabulous Veneto meeting. This is a blue hour, or rather night already, from Piran. It was late when I arrived there, and there were no more people on the main square, all went to sleep. But I am tough, the next day I had the bus to Trieste at six a.m. You can see the dark silhouette of the guy, he is the violinist Tartini, who was born in Piran.

Piran (Italian: Pirano) is a town in the eponymous municipality in southwestern Slovenia on the Gulf of Piran on the Adriatic Sea. It is one of the three major towns of Slovenian Istria. The town resembles a large open-air museum, with medieval architecture and a rich cultural heritage. Narrow streets and compact houses give the town its special charm. Piran is the administrative centre of the local area and one of Slovenia's major tourist attractions.

Piran is the birthplace of composer and violinist Giuseppe Tartini, who played an important role in shaping its cultural heritage. The town's main square, Tartini Square is named after him. In 1892, to mark the 200th anniversary of Tartini's birth, the people of Piran decided to erect a monument in his honour. Venetian artist Antonio dal Zotto was commissioned to create the larger-than-life bronze statue of the maestro, which was eventually mounted on its pedestal in 1896. The statue dominates the square, overlooked by the Cathedral of Saint George.

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