Visionaries from Labin

Become inspired and discover Labin Old town through inspiring stories of world famous visionaries from Labin: Labin visionary world famous: Labin Republic brave miners, the exciting life of Protestant Reformer Matthias Flacius Illyricus, Jospi Belušić, the inventor of speedometer, the first Istrian social activist and pedagogue Giuseppina Martinuzzi and the noble families Scampicchio and Battiala - Lazzarini. Labin Museum, the biggest Old town attraction, will draw you with its mining tunnel built in the baroque palace; Renaissance palaces will take you back in time of the Labin nobility, while in the lower part of town we recommend visiting Pijacal, protected industrial heritage complex with a mine shaft, lamp room and a new futuristic public library. End your tour by visiting the mining town of Raša, the youngest Istrian town.

Labin City Museum

Visit one of the most attractive Croatian museums located in the baroque palace Battiala - Lazzarini with 150 meters long mine tunnel which tells about the rich mining history of Labin set in the palace basement. Thanks to this, Lonely Planet ranked Labin City Museum among the 10 most original museums in Croatia. Once you feel what life was like for Labin miners, interactive maps and music tracks of traditional Istrian instruments will take you through the rich history of Labin, from the battle against the Uskoks, to the horrible Law of Cauldron. Discover the story of the inventor of the speedometer, the physicist and mathematician Josip Belušić, who was born in the village of Županići near Labin. In 1888 he constructed the first electric speedometer, used in cars, planes and ships.

Labin City Museum
6 1. Maja, Labin

T +385 (0)52 852 477
M +385 (0)99 261 3276

Opening hours: Mon - Fri 10 AM to 1 PM
July and August 10 AM to 1 PM and 6 PM to 10 PM, Sunday closed

Organized groups: by appointment only (outside the specified time).

Matthias Flacius Illyricus Memorial Collection

At Memorial collection of Matthias Flacius Illyricus discover the exciting life of the Protestant reformer Matthias Flacius Illyricus (March 3rd 1520, Labin-March 11th 1575, Frankfurt am Main), a close associate to Martin Luther and one of the most influential minds of 16th century Europe. A superb theologian, Church historian and Latin and Greek teacher, Flacius has written more than two hundred books. The Collection is situated close to Labin Museum, in Francovich palace. Have a look at copies of his most famous works The Magdeburg Centuries (an ecclesiastical history divided into thirteen centuries) and Clavis scripturae sacrae. Find out how Flacius became a Protestant under the influence of his uncle Baldo Lupetina, a martyr of the Inquisition in Venice, how he became friends with Reformation initiator Martin Luther and how he managed to have nineteen children. 

Matthias Flacius Illyricus Memorial Collection
7 Giuseppina Martinuzzi , Labin

T +385 (0)52 852 477
M +385 (0)99 261 3276

Opening hours: Mon - Fri 10 AM to 1 PM
July and August 10 AM to 1 PM and 5 PM  to 7 PM, Sunday closed

Organized groups: by appointment only (outside the specified time).

Brunch on Town Walls

After a romantic walk round the noble palaces, quiet streets and squares full of art galleries, relax in the most beautiful Old town promenade with a traditional brunch or lunch. Sitting at the table set on the town walls overlooking the blue green waters of Rabac and the islands of Cres and Lošinj, try the old-fashioned maneštra (minestrone soup), salted anchovies with sun-dried tomatoes and capers, Tagliatelle with fresh crab and Fishermen's potatoes, calamari stuffed with prosciutto and asparagus, liver stew with onions and red wine and sweeten fritule (homemade sweet pastry) with raisins and homemade brandy. With a glass of local Malvasia or Merlot enjoy the spirit of antiquity and your dream view.

Restaurant Kvarner
Šetalište San Marco bb, Labin
T +385 (0)52 852 336

Giuseppina Martinuzzi

Opposite Labin Old town in the area of ​​Rialto stands the birthplace of the most famous woman from Labin, the first Istrian socialist, teacher and politician Giuseppina Martinuzzi (February 14th, 1844 Labin - November 25th, 1925, Labin). A picturesque courtyard still keeps the spirit of Labin bourgeoisie. Giuseppina Martinuzzi was born to a respectful family of Labin mayor Giovanni Martinuzzi whose family moved from Friuli in the early 18th century.  Like many girls from that time high society she wanted to become a teacher. Working as a teacher for thirty-two years, teaching the working class and peasants’ children from Trieste all the way to Stari Grad (Hvar island), she became a favorite “teacher of the poor”. Her work Manuale Mnemonico (Mnemonic Manual), published in 1866, stands as an example of creating maps which help memorizing data. At the beginning of the 20th century she got involved in politics and passionately represented the ideas of human like socialism and published her most famous work dealing with social issues, the poem Ingiustizia (The Injustice), and she is considered one of the world’s first woman socialists.  As a Socialist, she held numerous public speeches, advocating the rights of children, workers, and especially women, and the cooperation between the Croatian and Italian people in Istria. Art Nouveau furniture from her apartment in Labin, the Mnemonic Manual and her personal notebooks can be seen in the second floor at Labin City Museum.

Labin Republic and the Mine of Culture

For decades, mining has been the main industry and source of life in the whole of Labin area. The strike and self-government of Labin miners, known as the Labin Republic, lasted only for a month (from March 2nd to April 8th 1921. However, it is nowadays considered as one of the first riots against fascism in Europe.  The strike started when several miners gathered in the square in Vinež to protest against the fascists who abused their union leader Giovanni Pipan in Pazin.  The miners then took over the mines and machinery; they set mines at mine pits and organized armed security forces. Political and social issues were solved by the Mining Committee headed by Pipan, who was even supported by the nobleman Giovanni Tonetti (The Red Baron).  The miners organized the mine management and after a few days started the production. They went down into the pit where they appointed their own manager. On April 8th the management launched   a surprise military and police action on land and at sea. Poorly armed and inexperienced miners had to give up. Around forty miners were arrested who were set free after a court trial held in Pula. The memory of a glorious past is now kept in Podlabin, a planned settlement built for the needs of mining whose central part Pijacal is now protected industrial heritage complex. There is a mine shaft tower - the main 150 m deep mines' entrance, Lamparna (lamp room) and the new futuristic public library. The monumental Marble Hall, part of the former Istrian Coalmines Raša administration building, where the miners received salaries and rose strikes, was transformed into a modern mine of culture.

Labin Public Library
1/A Rudarska, Labin
T +385 52852257

Opening hours
Mon - Fri: 8 AM to 7 PM
Sat: 8 AM to 1 PM


The history of mining is unthinkable without a visit to Raša, the youngest town in Istria, 5 km away from Labin. Raša (Arsia) was named after the eponymous river and its history began in the mid-1930s, when a brand new town was built in the Krapan stream valley for the needs of mining, following the initiative of Mussolini himself.  Architectural project of a town for three thousand inhabitants was made by studio Pulitzer from Trieste. The town was built in just 547 days and officially opened on November 4th, 1937.  Houses were heated by the city heating plant. The town included a school, a kindergarten, a hotel, and two main parallel streets meet at the main square with the church of St. Barbara, the patroness of miners. It was built in the shape of an inverted mining wagon; the bell tower is reminiscent of the traditional miner's lamp, while the corridors resemble the mine corridors. A museum located in the church tower is also dedicated to miners.

The Tastes of Sea and Forest

Regardless of the season, visiting the central square in Labin Old town you will be greeted with the seductive smell of pizza and homemade pasta prepared with local fruits from the local forests, vegetable gardens and the Adriatic Sea. With a view to Torjon tower and town gate Sanfior, from the hidden forest groves be seduced by forest pizza with Istrian truffles; or have a marine pizza with treasures of the Adriatic, while the veggie and mountain pizza provide delicious flavors of homegrown vegetables and Istrian prosciutto and sausages. Besides homemade gnocchi, fuži (homemade pasta) and pljukanci (homemade pasta), don’t miss Labin pasutice (homemade pasta) with dried cod.

Pizzeria Napoli
7 Titov trg, Labin

T +385 (0) 52 852 261