The Scampicchio Palace

The old Labin core is well known for its medieval palaces, which erection started with the rise of the Venetian Republic. One of the most famous palaces is the 15th century Gothic-Renaissance Scampicchio Palace, which was owned by a respectable namesake noble family. The palace was erected next to the parish church. There is still the family crest on its facade with a bird's wing and a leg in its central field.

Having donated a part of its land to the church in 1582 for the extension of the parish church, Pope Urban VIII allowed the Scampicchio family to join the palace with the church and to build their own passage, still visible today. It is also one of the most photographed motifs of the town of Labin.

The Scampicchio family originally came from Rijeka. Soon after their arrival to Labin, they were entrusted with keeping the town archives stored in their palace in the Old Town. Antonio Scampicchio was a mayor of Labin and a representative in the Istrian Parliament. As he was interested in geology and archaeology, he founded the first Museum collection in Istria by compiling the collection of geological rarities of the Istrian region. The family gave a number of intellectuals and mayors of Labin through history until the 1920s, when they moved to Italy. The family archives were joined with the State one in Rijeka.

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Praises from abroad to Istria

  • Best Olive Oil Region in the world 2016, 2017 and 2018


  • Istria 52 Places To Go In 2017

  • 10 Best European
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  • 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations 2015

  • World's 2nd Best Olive Oil Region 2010 - 2015

  • Top 10 Valentine's Day Retreats 2014

Already receiving significant earned media in outlets such as National Geographic Traveler Huffington Post and mention in notable guidebooks like Lonely Planet, international journalists and tour operators alike continue the praise heaped upon the Istrian peninsula and all it has to offer making it one of the world's top destinations.

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