Touted by many as the “new” Italian Riviera, the Dalmatian coast of Croatia is dotted with countless charming communities. With a population of roughly 250,000, Split, Croatia’s second-largest city, is like an open-air museum. It’s famously home to Diocletian’s Palace, which was built at the turn of the 4th century for the Roman emperor of the same name. Another noteworthy sight is the Cathedral of St. Domnius (Katedrala Svetog Duje), with its Romanesque bell tower poking high above the terracotta-roofed city. Although it was constructed much later—in the year 1100 CE—the tower is the symbol of Split and can be seen from just about anywhere in town. For a nominal admission charge, visitors can even climb the stairs to the top. It’s a bit treacherous (since the safety rails seem inadequate), but the spectacular views of the sparkling Adriatic Sea are well worth it.
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Michael Figueiredo is a freelance travel writer based in Los Angeles, California. When he’s not gallivanting around the world, he’s enjoying the laid-back lifestyle and perfect weather of Southern California. So far he’s visited forty countries and territories on five continents. His goal is to see at least one new country every year! . Read more from this author