We are surrounded by some of the most beautiful towns and villages imaginable. Many are perched, precariously, on top of high hills, clinging on for dear life, as they will have done for many, many years. But one town that has intrigued us for a long time, is Hum – according to the Guiness Book of Records, the smallest town in the world. It is definitely small – inhabited by less than 20 full time residents and with only two cobbled streets. One going up. One coming down. But, it has everything you’d expect from a town – a post office, a church, a cemetry, a town square, a number of shops (mostly selling local wines, honey, grappa etc), a museum, a couple of restaurants and visitor accommodation. You can do a full circuit of the town in less than 10 minutes – although if you did it that quickly, you would miss out on some very beautiful sights.
This is definitely the kind of town where you should take your time and take in the views. It is located at a height of 349m on top of a hill, and was founded in the 11th century, when the castle was built on the place of the ruins of an ancient Roman settlement. The town of Hum was built and developed only inside the castle walls, never spreading beyond them.
The 12th C church of St Jerome is worth a visit – its frescos and verses in the lost Glagolitic script – considered to be the earliest form of written Croatian – making this a place of great historical and cultural significance in the region. This script can also been seen carved into tablets in the archway that brings you into the town. If churches and frecoes aren’t your thing, you could discover the local tipple – Humska Biska, made with white mistletoe and four kinds of grasses. And after this, you may well want to get your head down in one of the apartments for rent 😉