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Roman mosaics and 2nd-3rd century Villa Urbana in Risan

The rapid Romanisation of Risinium began after the subjugation of the Illyrians under King Gentius in 167 BC. Risinium became a typical Roman town, surrounded by walls, with a town centre – a forum in the Carina fields. Ancient tombs – necropolises – were located outside the walls, and in the southern side of town there was a residential area containing the villas of rich Risan landowners and traders. The remains of the eastern portion of a Roman urban villa were found in the early 20th century. Between 1956 and 1962 the mosaic flooring in four rooms of the villa was fully restored and conserved, and the first protective awning built. Another mosaic floor was discovered in 1972, on which conservation work was also done and a roof added.

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Partial restoration and conservation of all the walls of the villa around the central yard – the atrium – was also carried out. Roman mosaics decorate the floors of four of the five rooms in the eastern part of the villa, as well as two rooms in the western part. There are only traces of mosaic flooring in the remaining rooms. The technique used was one of large cubes of local grey and black stone, with motifs of the labrys – a double-bitted battleaxe originating from Crete. In the eastern wing of the villa a mosaic was laid displaying plant motifs, using stone cubes of varying size and colour (red, yellow, green, blue, black and white). In the middle there is a circular medallion depicting the Greek god of sleep, Hypnos, in the form of a winged boy leaning on the head of the bed. It is likely that this room was the bedroom of the villa’s owner – the dormitorium. Geometric chessboard-like patterns decorate the mosaic floor of the southern room, and beyond that there are a further two rooms with mosaics featuring geometric motifs and stylised sea life (cuttlefish and squid). It is thought that one of the corner rooms that do not have mosaics was the dining room (triclinium), with typical Roman couches.

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Montenegro Dolphin Sailing Tour

On board the ultimate world class cruising yacht, a Discovery 55, the Montenegro Dolphin Project will be guiding you in an adrenaline filled search and a lifetime opportunity to meet these magnificent creatures up close.

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Take part in something extraordinary – set sail on a 4-day eco-tourism voyage on board the ultimate world class cruising yacht, a Discovery 55. Together with the Montenegro Dolphin Project Team you will have the opportunity to:

  • Traverse the exquisite Montenegrin coastline
  • Discover sailing techniques in the Bay of Kotor
  • Explore offshore waters in search of dolphins
  • Observe migratory bird species in Ulcinj Solana
  • Enjoy engaging with our marine biologists through on-board conservation and research activities

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While sailing the Adriatic Sea, the team of researchers will be introducing you to the wonder of dolphin’s lives, their main threats and the possible ways to contribute to protecting their vulnerable world. The Ocean Going Sailing Yacht “Chance Discovery” will provide you with dolphin watching seats, a luxurious deck and saloon, refreshments and bathroom facilities.

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Montenegro’s first long-term cetacean research project

The Adriatic sea holds one of the richest cetacean habitats in the Mediterranean, but unfortunately these animals are classified as either at risk or data deficient and are subject to various anthropogenic threats such as habitat degradation, by-catch, marine traffic and pollution. Unlike many Adriatic countries, Montenegro lacks annual cetacean survey efforts. Dedicated and systematic research is needed to collect important data on cetacean species for their subsequent conservation. For these reasons we launched the very first annual study in Montenegrin coastal waters in order to investigate the cetaceans’ regional status and help support future conservation strategies. Further, the Montenegro Dolphin Project employes scientific outreach techniques to raise marine environmental awareness within the local community.

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For more information about 8 hours Sailing Tour with Wild Dolphins and Marine Wildlife Expedition please contact us on info@montenegro.com.

Thank you for your support!

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Montenegro Wine Tour

If you love wine and want a unique holiday then you should not miss going on one of the wine tours on offer in Montenegro.

It is not widely known that Montenegro, apart from its beautiful seaside and mountain villages, also boasts regions that are famed for producing exceptional and world-renowned wine varieties. France, Italy and Portugal have for many years been building credibility as top tourist destinations thanks to wine tourism. The many scenic regions of our country are perfect for enjoying this type of tourism. The mild Mediterranean climate, the composition of the soil and the favorable location provide ideal conditions for cultivating vineyards and growing grapes. The best-known grape-growing areas are Crmnica, Nahije, Komani, Bjelopavlici and other wine-producing villages around Lake Skadar. Montenegrin wines are produced from various types of grape, including Krstac, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Vranac.

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In 2010 and 2011, signage was put up and the “Wine Roads” of Montenegro were fully marked out. A tourist map of the wine tours can be picked up in local tourist offices in any town in Montenegro, at hotel receptions and in travel agencies. If you like an active holiday, the Wine Roads offer you a chance to visit wine cellars, taste wines, walk through the vineyards and even take part in grape-picking. Wine can be tested, tried and purchased in wine cellars, while some wineries also offer accommodation, so visitors can get the complete experience, learn about the history of the winery, see wine being made and of course enjoy the finished product.

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Lago di Monte Resort

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The vision of the developer and architects was to create a contemporary eco-resort, developed by the principles of sustainability and environmental protection that at the same time offered a high level of luxury with breath-taking views of Durmitor peaks and green pine forest. The guests should enjoy a range of healthy lifestyle activities and programs irrespective of the season and climate conditions throughout the whole year. Lago di Monte is a perfect meditation spot surrounded by raw, untouched nature, offering complete silence and endless panoramic views of tall, snow-covered mountain peaks, grass fields and emerald forests.

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The potentials of the location itself represent an important catalyst of economic and social development of the entire area. Besides being a sustainable luxury destination, the project itself is designed to contribute to the local community by engaging 100% local resources. The sustainability concept behind the project entails a healthy lifestyle with local organic production sourced from the area. The entire program has been carefully planned according to the natural characteristics and potentials of the location.

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Therefore, new structures and their shapes are implemented in synchronicity with the existing terrain. The content positioning is done in accordance with natural and geographical features of the location, so the spatial experience mostly depends of the directed vistas and open spaces. Necessary contents imply accommodation capacities, hotels and villas, spa centre and congress centre, and some additional contents such as sport facilities, restaurant, equestrian club, playgrounds. Lago di Monte is a complete getaway, perfect for everything from romantic trips , to family vacations, adventurous voyages, corporate retreats and destination weddings.

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The micro-location chosen for a perfect getaway called Lago di Monte is set on the shore if a very small and famous lake called Poscensko jezoro at 1487m above the sea level. Its depth is maximum 3.6m, which the lake usually reaches during spring time, when the surrounding snow melts. The lake  is characterized by relatively low temperatures, sometimes reaching up to 20 degrees in the summer season. During the winter, the surface of the lake tends to freeze and the ice cover retains over 60 days which makes this place an idyllic and perfect winter setting. One of its characteristics is high level of water transparency. The resort has a tranquil backdrop of dark emerald pine forests radiating aromatic scents. Lago di Monte is a 6 acres estate with lake, forests and green grass fields perfect for all season relaxation and adventure. It has one of the best views if Durmitor’s highest peak – Bobotov Kuk, which is usually snow covered throughout the year.

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The resort has a good geographical position and sees plenty of sun due to its south-west orientation. All the main popular activities of Durmitor region are within an immediate reach – hiking, climbing, cycling, skiing, and other including touring of famous cultural heritage sites. The location is easily reached – only 8km away from Zabljak and just two-hour drive away from Montenegro’s capital – Podgorica.

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Based on the principles of sustainability and environment protection, Lago di Monte has been designed as a contemporary eco-resort with luxury eco villas and hotel, spa & conference centre. The project has been designed by DVARP from Podgorica based on several research studies done over couple of years. It is created with extremely low carbon print and with great consideration for the environment and vistas thus with very low visual impact, blending into surroundings. This resort is created for those who appreciate the magnificence of nature, adventurous hiking/biking vacations, skiing and snowboarding or just joy of simply letting go.

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There are 105 hotel units in a hotel and 8 villas with total of 300 beds. The spa centre, appropriate for the capacity, extends from the inside out, facing the forest. The conference centre offers space for events for about 300 people and the restaurant capacity with large outdoor terrace extends beyond that which makes it perfect for events – corporate of weddings.

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During the design process the imperative has been to create a unique destination, an unforgettable escape in the middle of pristine nature. This type of resort means not only well planned accommodation with suitable program, but also requires ecological and sustainable design in dialogue with the environment supported by high-ed technology. Except for the very low carbon footprint the resort is designed with a renewable energy system in place and highly controlled water usage and waste management.

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The lake, the nearby surroundings, and precious forest mad it an imperative to preserve and enhance the given natural resources. We have been inspired by the land, astonished by culture and gastronomy while revered by the Durmitor inhabitants of centuries past. We wish the same for our guests and investors.

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