Istria is the largest Adriatic peninsula, lying at the foot of the Alps in three countries: Croatia, Slovenia and Italy. The area has been influenced by a variety of traditions: from Venetian to Yugoslavian. The scenery ranges from deep valleys and rolling hills to picture perfect beaches. The Romans christened Istria "Terra Magica," and this small triangular peninsula was Italian until World War II. Istria is a magic triangle of truffles, wine and bucolic bliss, with its own wines and olive oils. Travelers can spend the day at the coastal resorts of Rovinj, Porec, or Novigrad and dine luxuriously in the main town of Pula. Inland is dotted with timeless hilltop villages, Groznjan, Motovun, Hum and restaurants Italians cross the border to savor. Time Out Shortlist Istria gives travelers the inside track on where to stay, beach, hike, eat, drink, and shop in this idyllic part of the world.