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The waterfront walls of Villa Tuttorotto, approximately three foot thick, were once part of the fortress walls that surrounded the town and kept it safe from invaders. The basement crypts with their perfectly carved stone walls were used for olive oil production, as well as stowaways where the impoverished inhabitants hid their scarce supplies of food in the hope that they would not be ransacked by invading pirates who plagued these waters in medieval times.

The museum walls of this charming Villa are covered with objects and symbols from the Istrian history creating a type of feeling journey through the past.

The poverty and famine that continued to trouble the region and its people gave birth to the myth of an 18th century artist who hand-carved a life-size wooden sculpture of a well-fed Madonna. She is holding a beautiful, round headed, well-nourished child who has a ball in one hand, while with his other hand he is gesturing with three fingers, symbolizing that happiness should come from the unification of all three major religions. The Madonna and Child greet all those who enter this hotel-museum.

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