Tona’s house is located in Sveti Peter, a genuine Istrian village spreading at the top of a plateau overlooking the Dragonja valley. The authentic Istrian-style house, built with stone, acquired its name after the last lady of the house, the wealthy Antonija (Tona) Gorela.
Once someone's home, the house now serves as an ethnological museum depicting local customs and farming traditions. While taking a stroll through the house, you will discover bits of history, which will unveil facts and stories about how farmers once lived.
The ground floor displays the main attraction, the oil press “torkla”. This oil making machine was prevalent all over Istria in the past centuries, and was commonly used up to the first half of the 20th century.
The upper floor displays the domestic artefacts in the kitchen and bedrooms, together with Tona’s well-preserved personal items. What do you think? How do they differ from the ones used today?