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History and culture

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3rd century B.C. 

Material traces exist proving that the Funtana area was inhabited in the late Neolithic period and that the Funtana coast was continually inhabited as early as the 3rd century before Christ. 

Roman period 

the existence of unique territorial area on Funtana region can be documented with certainty since the beginning with the Roman period. Kampaladanja and other fields which surround the coastal line, through its square sectioning still preserve the traces of orthogonal system marking the basic Roman intervention into the landscape.


Funtana is first mentioned as a settlement

Middle Ages

the region of Funtana abounded with settlements in the Middle Ages, one of them was near the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy, which was expended in the 16th century, still preserving the Medieval front section. 

16th century

this period brought a series of troubles to the Funtana region like wars, hunger, diminishing population, new inhabitants as well as new lords.

17th century 

The settlement Funtana grew on a hill next to the castle and a parish church, built by Bernardo Borisi, lord of Funtana, in the beginning of the 17 century. The family Borisi thus became the hereditary lords of Funtana until the feudal system was abolished in Istria in the second half of the 19th century. 

18th century

Geographic maps of Istria from the end of the 18th century show the borders of the feud which kept its independence unlike the one of Vrsar, which was annexed to Venice at the time. 1805 - Funtana went to the hands of Poreč district. 

19th century 

this period was marked with the growth of fisheries, and each family had a boat for fishing. Development of fishing and the coastal region of Funtana at the turn of the 20th century was among the most intensive ones in Istria.

20th century 

from the 50s to the 80s of the 20th century agriculture and fisheries began replacing tourism which reached as much as 70% of domestic product. 

WW1 and WW2

The period between the two wars was extremely difficult for Funtana, as well as the rest of Istria which was under the fascist repression. Croatian schools were shut down, and some inhabitants were forced, one way or the other, to leave their homes. In the fifties, people from the rest of Croatia and Yugoslavia arrived and settled here, especially from Dalmatinska Zagora.


Municipality Funtana was established by isolating it from Municipality of Vrsar.




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