The Smallest Town in the World
Beverages - Glass of Grape Brandy, Water
Snack - Local Favorites
Tour Participation Requirements
Special Medical Restriction
Hum's story begins with a little irony. A local legend tells of giants who built the towns in central Istria's Mirna River valley. The stones these huge fellows left behind were used to build what is now the smallest town in the world.
As you enter town, look for the inscriptions on the sturdy 11th-century gate. (We'll translate – they're welcoming you.) That strange lettering is Glagolitic, the script revered as the earliest form of written Croatian. It arrived with Saints Cyril and Methodius, 9th-century Greek brothers who wanted to translate the Bible and make it more accessible. Examples of this beautiful script around town make Hum a cultural treasure.
Once inside the gate, you may have the unreal feeling you've entered a perfectly designed movie set for a medieval romance. Everything's on a small scale and so beautifully preserved. Yet, as you explore, you'll discover Hum has everything a romantic location needs – captivating cobblestone streets, homes, a church, and, of course, a tavern.
But it's all real. The signs of life are everywhere as you wander within Hum's cozy walls – laundry drying in the breeze, a local selling olive oil, a cat sleeping lazily on a windowsill. Bells chime from the tower and candles cast a glow on the 12-century frescoes in the Church of St. Jerome. In the kanoba (tavern) where we'll stop for a snack, you'll find this little town even has its own famous local brandy. Hum is a small wonder.
And you thought mistletoe was just for kissing
Hum is famous for more than being the world's smallest town. It's also celebrated for biska, a homemade brandy spiced with mistletoe and herbs. The concoction is based on a 2,000-year-old recipe, and earns this little place the title of "Town of Biska." But to this day, that recipe remains a big secret.
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