Roman Emperor Diocletian's former palace in Split
A beautiful knot of bustling little lanes, any tour of Split’s lively old town centre reaches its crescendo at the former palace of the Roman Emperor Diocletian, built in the 3rd century AD. This isn’t some staid archaeological site, but an intrinsic part of the town – the sprawling set of remains have often been built on, or adapted by later residents, so that a wander through Split invariably means walking where once where Emperors bathed, or where great Roman halls stood, and some still do. The Riva, for example, Split’s waterfront, is the palace's southern facade, modern bars and cafés, shops and apartments built into ancient limestone walls. The palm and cafe-lined promenade is a great, atmospheric place to at once soak in modern-day Split’s bustling heart and old soul.