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The Lascaris de Tramontana Palace on the island of Vis (Old Kingdom of Dalmatia), Croatia, was built during the late 18th century but only finished in 1913 by a descendant of this old dynasty. The first member of the family came in the 17th century from Trogir (Traú), which used to be called “the Dalmatian Venice”. Under Saint Mark’s protection, the Lascaris went into exile after the fall of Constantinople. The Venetian Republic fully recognized their imperial ancestry granting them citizenship and command of the fleet to fight the Turks, bearing in mind their motto,” Nec me fvlgura” (nothing blinds me).
The Lascaris converted to Roman Catholicism, founding four branches in lands on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea: one each in Venice, Sicily, Malta and Nice, and it was the Venetian branch that moved to Trogir. In 1694, on the island of Vis, Prince George “traguriensis”, being a widower, married Isabella, the only daughter of Gubernatoris Francesco de Tramontana, a patrician from Messina. According to the marriage settlement it was agreed that the Lascaris surname was to be attached to the Sicilian one.
The structure of the Palace remained untouched despite military occupation in World War II and plundering of many art works. Marshal Tito occupied the island for a short time, including Villa Tramontana. After Croatian independence was achieved the Palace was gradually restored and should be finished by 2013. It is located in the heart of Vis Port at only 30 meters from the seaside and facing Trg Klapavica (Fountain Square); a 5- minute walk to the ferry boat and the sea mole.
After the war against the Turks and the fall of Venice, members of the family became sea merchants. One of them brought the first palm tree from Egypt which, because of the island’s mild climate, adapted well and spread to the remaining Dalmatian islands up to the present day. Becoming wealthy they helped the Church and the local municipality. During Croatia’s liberation war, Prince Raffael, Marquess of Guadacorte, and his family contributed with medical equipment and medicine to Croatian hospitals through the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, of which he is a Knight of Honour and Devotion.
Vis is the outer island of the Dalmatian archipelago at a distance of 42 naval miles from Split port on the mainland, and over a 100 naval miles from the Italian Porto San Giorgio. From Mount Hum, which is 500 meters high, one can see the Italian coastline when the weather is clear. It is well connected with Split during the Summer season: three daily ferries (2.30 hours) plus a morning catamaran (1 hour). There is another ferry from Ancona (3 hours).
The island’s beauty is quite unspoiled. Unlike all the other neighbouring islands Vis remained a military zone for over 30 years and little building was allowed. Even today it is difficult to obtain building licences because the authorities rightly wish to keep the island as natural as possible. The wonderful blue cave, similar to that of Capri, is one of the most exceptional attractions of the Adriatic Sea. There are plenty of gravel and a few sandy beaches. How does it differ from the other islands? It has a mild climate and a long history. It was a Greek colony, then Roman and Illyrian, part of the Croatian-Dalmatian Kingdom, Hungarian, Venetian, English, Austrian, Yugoslav and finally Croatian. There are still a few forts built by the Venetians, English and Austrians; those from after the World War II period are also numerous since Vis was considered the sea border with Italy. Its two mile-long harbour offers shelter to yachts and pleasure craft, making it a good base for a sailing holiday. There are plenty of sea-food restaurants, bars and dancing places. It should also be mentioned that Vis produces a high quality wine using its own famous grapes, Bugava (white) and Plavac (red).
Accès des voyageurs
Kitchen use is limited to breakfast. Fridge is available. Kettle is at disposal.
Échanges avec les voyageurs
I live in the palace and I welcome you personally and also see you off.
There are four rooms and two large bathroom for guests. The price is 35 € for one person and 45 € for two people in one room. 55 € for three people-groups in one bedroom is available in some cases.
Simple rules concerning your stay available upon arrival.
Si vous annulez jusqu'à 24 heures avant le voyage, vous recevez un remboursement intégral, frais de service compris.
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I am Rafael Lascaris de Gayangos de Tramontana resident in Rome and Madrid comingto Croatia, Vis for the Summer season to keep restoring my three hundred years old Lascaris de Tramontana Palace. From May to October