Experience the traditional lifestyle!







- a no-profit association promoting and valorising the traditional resources of the Region of Istria in Vodnjan-Dignano, Croatia -

There are more days than sausages.

- A good reason to join us now! -


ISTRIAN de Dignan - ECOMUSEUM was established to improve the local quality of life, promoting the values of cooperation, work and solidarity between the members and the local community.

The sense of belonging, the care taken to protect the most ancient traditions and the strenuous search for the quality, are source of inspiration for us.

The Ecomuseum members are developing projects to satisfy the local needs and to valorise the underused resources at global level.

The development of the territory and the revitalization of the material and immaterial rural culture are being achieved through an ethical approach and particular attention to the social integration of disadvantaged groups.

The association is a meeting point for people from all around the World, sharing the will of developing a better society and enjoy nature!



Our work is dedicated to the preservation of traditions, urban and rural regeneration, valorisation of local products, arts and crafts.

We are focused on developing agriculture, culture and tourism.

  • We learn from the history in the House of Traditions. A historical building in a rural town, where we stopped the time in the past, through a careful restoration of the spaces and the exposition and daily use of original items, tools and furniture brought by the community members.

    We share with the visitors multisensory experiences through tastings, guided tours, cultural events, exhibitions, practical presentations, workshops, study visits and active engagement in the rural life of the community.

    We are taking care of the last family of autochthonous donkeys. They are exchanging the favour, helping disabled people and those suffering from various diseases to feel better through onotherapy sessions.

    We turned the local Elementary School garden and dismissed facilities into a Didactic Farm, where we practice bio production mixing ancient knowledge and modern technics for growing up traditional sorts of fruit, vegetables and aromatic plants. We are helping to grow up healthy the children of the school too, teaching them the value of good food, from the seeds to their dishes.

    We are cultivating and collecting autochthonous varieties and producing typical products. The Lab where we transform local raw products into delights using traditional recipes is open to the public for practicing and tasting.

    Our food and drinks and those produced by local families are served during our events and can be bought at our store or ordered online.

    We are helping the visitors to understand the local environment through sustainable, educative and emotional tourism. Our Ecomuseum is made of people, places, products and passion. We are mixing those elements every day, showing to our guests several thematic routes to discover the territory.

    Yes, we love it!


Picking potatoes

Today, 21st of June, was dedicated to pick up potatoes in our vegetable garden. This year the harvest was a success! 



Workshop for children

We are looking forward for the coming of the students of the Elemntary School of Vodnjan on Friday, as part of the didactic workshops, we will build “Bolt dolls as in the past” and “the insect hotel”



On the 4th of June 2017, in the frame of the manifestation “Oil an Wine Day” and of the cycling race “Extra Virgin Mountain bike Marathon” it will take place the cultural cycling meeting “Pedala! Istrian de Dignan”.


New project ''Creating a unique touristic product through networking and education''

We wish to inform you that the project ''Creating a unique touristic product through networking and education'' by the association ISTARSKO – Ekomuzej iz Vodnjana, was chosen to be co-funded through the Open call for programs and projects co-funding for professional associations in tourism and/or catering in 2016 by the Ministry of Tourism RH.



From seeds and plants to big satisfactions in the garden

Saturday, 19th of March 2016 the agronomists of the Ecomuseum in collaboration with Vivaio LONGO, organized the workshop “From seeds and plants to big satisfactions in the garden”.

Multicultural evening: DINAMIC EVS volunteers

On the 25th of February we spent a multicultural evening at the Ecomuseum with the volunteers of the DINAMIC EVS project.



CARNIVAL is in town!

Creativity and imagination: our DINAMIC EVS volunteers taught how to create beautiful carnival masks at the elementary school in Vodnjan-Dignano.

“500 steps through Merceria Street”: opening of the exhibition Erminio Vojvoda

Saturday, 2nd of April 2016 during the Olive Oil and Wine Day in Vodnjan-Dignano, there was the opening of the Erminio Vojvoda exhibition “500 steps through Merceria Street”.



How to prepare the honey brandy? Discover the secret!

On 4th February 2016 we started with our first workshop of the year “How to prepare the honey brandy? Discover the secret” at the Ecomuseum Istrian de Dignan. We learnt how to prepare a great home-made honey brandy.

DINAMIC: Film “Tutta la vita davanti” by Paolo Virzì

During the evening organized by the volunteers of the DINAMIC EVS project at the Ecomuseum, we watched the italian movie “Tutta la vita davanti” by the director Paolo Virzì.



Olive pruning is the first step to a good harvest

On 11-13 March we started with the first course on olive pruning, held by the agronomists of the Ecomuseum, Edi Pastrovicchio, Ivica Lađarević and other members.