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article imageFirst Roman Road in Central Dalmatia opened near Split, Croatia

By Paul Bradbury     Dec 21, 2014 in Travel
Split - More inland treasures in the popular Croatian region of Central Dalmatia are uncovered with the opening of the first Roman road in a new initiative.
Better known for its sun-kissed coastline and islands, the focus on popular Croatian tourism region Central Dalmatia was on the interior on December 19, 2014, as the first stretch of the region's Roman roads was opened between Kurtovići and Klapavice, in a ceremony which was attended by officials from neighbouring Klis and Dugopolje, and project leader Lino Ursić and archaeologist Miroslav Gogala, as well as Central Dalmatia Tourist Board Director, Josko Stella.
Central Dalmatia Tourist Board Director Josko Stella has been a keen supporter of efforts to improve...
Central Dalmatia Tourist Board Director Josko Stella has been a keen supporter of efforts to improve access to the region's Roman road story.
Maja Zlokic
Stella, who was interviewed by Digital Journal earlier this year, has been an important driving force in trying to diversify the region's tourism away from over-reliance on sea and beach tourism, and he unveiled the Roman road initiative at a press conference in Split last year.
Helpful information boards have been erected to help tourists around the routes.
Helpful information boards have been erected to help tourists around the routes.
Maja Zlokic
The 2 kilometre stretch is the first to be opened under the initiative, which plans to make the region's rich Roman heritage more accessible to tourists. The ancient Roman city of Salona just outside Split was an extremely important base prior to its sacking, while Diocletian's Palace is the former retirement home of the Roman Emperor of the same name. It is the most popular tourist attraction in the Dalmatian capital of Split, and new discoveries about the palace were recently presented in London by chief conservationist Radoslav Buzancic.
Central Dalmatia has a rich Roman heritage  and its network of roads is largely undiscoverd.
Central Dalmatia has a rich Roman heritage, and its network of roads is largely undiscoverd.
Maja Zlokic
The Roman road initiative is in line with a new national tourist board initiative called Croatia 365, which aims to prolong the season, focusing on key areas such as culture and heritage, and the location of the road, at the entrance to the Dalmatian hinterland of Zagora, is one more attraction in a region which was recently toured by Digital Journal with local outdoor specialist Dalmatia Explorer.
It was also the subject of the latest promotional video of Central Dalmatia, as previously reported (see video below).
For more photos of Friday's ceremony, click here.
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