The Slovenian capital of Ljubljana may not be easy to pronounce, but it is certainly a destination worth visiting. It has been named one of Europe’s greenest and most livable cities, and it offers plenty of things to do and see, with a friendly café culture by day and a vivacious nightlife once the sun sets.
And this year there’s more reasons to visit Ljubljana than ever, as the city celebrates the 2000th anniversary of the Roman colony Emona, which was founded on the site where Ljubljana stands today.
Remnants of Roman heritage can still be found in the center of the town in its original environment. Here you’ll be standing in the place from where Caesar Augustus approached the Balkans, where Roman soldiers began to build, and where North-Italian families laid down roots to colonize.
Roman-themed Events and Exhibitions
Roman-themed events and exhibitions are scheduled to take place throughout this year of celebration with the showpiece event scheduled for August 22-24, 2014.
The Ave, Emona! event is designed to transport visitors to the distant past as the Congress Square comes to life as in old Roman times with activities such as gladiator fights where you can strap on your sword or watch as a spectator.
As café tables spill out into the narrow streets of Old Town, sit back and enjoy the street musicians and actors who entertain passers-by.
True Roman Inn
Along with festivities, guests will have the opportunity to experience a true Roman Inn. It’s a unique opportunity to see how the people of Emona lived 2000 years ago.
Ljubljana also boasts a dazzling hilltop castle at her crown and the emerald-green Ljubljanica River at her feet.
It’s not a big city, but don’t let size mislead you. Ljubljana offers a wealth of culture, sights, activities and old-fashioned fun and good times that cities twice her size would envy. Plus the smaller size makes everything just a stroll or cycle away. And inexpensive buses radiate out of the city to the rest of Slovenia to do more exploring.
Ljubljana is an affordable choice that offers a stunning landscape and plenty to do.
Photo credits: Rick Steves