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Hum
Hum is situated in the heart of Istria, in the township of Buzet. This picturesque settlement is located at 339 m above sea level. Today, Hum numbers only some 15 imhabitants and bears the popular name "the smallest city in the world". At the 6 kilometers long road towards Ro there is a unique memorial complex dedicated to the old Croatian Glagolitic alphabet and culture with 12 significant cultural monuments under protection.
According to the legend, Hum was built with the stones left over when giants were building towns in the river Mirna valley.
Despite such a small number of residents it preserved the old ritual “Election of the prefect for a year” when all the men from the parish gather at the Municipal Loggia to elect the village superior by carving their votes into a wooden stick. Inside the preserved city walls there are two small streets with three rows of houses. Today, Hum is a city-monument, one of the rare examples of the urban development within the city walls.
Apart from being famous for being the smallest city in the world, recently it became popular for “biska”, brandy spiced with mistletoe and made according to the old recipe originating from Hum. Every year at the end of October, the Grappa festival takes place here, presenting brandy producers from all over Istria.
In the immediate vicinity of Hum there is a small picturesque village of Kotli, that experience its new revival after being completely desolated, known for its water-mills and the waterfall.
This town, only an hour-long pleasant drive from Umag, can turn your trip into a beautiful story of Istrian small towns. This hidden part of Istria is extremely friendly towards random visitors.

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