Museums and Traditions
The rural environment buzzes with energy in the streets and courtyards of the small villages. Typical buildings of the area reflect the historical changes and community relationships that forged these places and transformed them. As a result of reconstruction and restoration work, always carried out in keeping with the styles of the ancient structures, the tourist can re-live the traditions of Karstic history by visiting places that faithfully represent the rural customs of the villages. An opportunity for leisurely discoveries in the villages, revealing the fascinating origins and rural traditions of the Karst and its people. A step back into a past that has left indelible traces waiting to be unveiled.
The Karst’s Slovenian traditions revolve around food, songs and costumes. They vary from area to area, reflecting the differing influences of natural boundaries, local history, and cultural contacts with neighbouring communities.
As far as costumes are concerned, a well defined Gorizian Karst region can be identified in the area above Trieste, encompassing Servola, Sant’Antonio in Bosco, Muggia and extending towards Istria.
The inland regions of the Karst show signs of Alpine influence, with Mediterranean influence more apparent towards the coast. It is as if the geological and botanical features of the different areas are depicted in the customs and economic activities of the people who have lived in them.
Thus we find that Alpine costume, while distinctive, is less ornate than that of the Mediterranean coastal area, where the climate is milder and prosperity has followed the progressive development of Trieste and its port.
Hundreds of people still wear traditional costumes for Karstic celebrations such as weddings, and for other occasions attended by visitors from elsewhere. This continuity has ensured the survival of knowledge about the materials in these costumes, how they are made and when they are worn.