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Trpanj is a small littoral village on the Peninsula of Peljesac, which can be reached by ferry from Ploce or by car, via Ston, down the tourist road along the Peninsula. Peaceful atmosphere, picturesque countryside, rocky and pebbly beaches, transparent sea together with the unique hospitality of the villagers will undoubtedly make your holiday unforgettable. When looking at Trpanj from the sea, it is hiding between Milosevica hill from south and seven hills named Glavice from its northern side. Always so green and fresh, it seems that it just came up from blue sea with all his olive trees and of lavender bushes.
Large rocks of Veliki Skoj, Sestrica and Plitacki Skoj, which surrounding the port are rising from the sea, while small houses shining on morning summer sun. Bays Belecica, Pozora, Pristaniste, Zaborac, Dracevac and Luka, like small water - colours, are uncovering lots of unrepeatable poetry. There is no such a place that can be compared, in natural geological variations, like Trpanj, where on every step you can see different and magical sights.
Through the past centuries Neretvanski Kanal was a very busy road, on whose borders different countries were crossing, but trading was never stopped. There, Greek ships were carrying cargoes from Neretva to Korint, mostly, for making fragrance. And Rome's were rowing there with amphora's full of wine.
On Trpanj moles Roman conquerors had found settlement of Iliris on the Gradina hill, a good lookout for the Biokovo and Neretvanski Kanal. On the top of the hill, in late antics, in anxious beginning of 6th century, when Goths rules Dalmatia, Byzantine emperor Justinian were conducting war to take over the coast and to ensure safe seaway along the coast. For that reason he is making a chain of forts along the coast. Probably and Gradina were made during that time.
Down the hill of Gradina, in the year of 1922, the old mosaics were found. On the same place in 1963 the walls of old "villae rusticae" were found. Also, and Roman tombstones from the end of 2nd or beginning of 3rd century were found there. That confirms a Latin tombstone inscription excavated in 1963 near the harbour of Trpanj. The tombstone was erected by Crispinilla (the wife) to the memory of Pius, her husband, who died at the age of 23. Old people had believe that antic fort called Tarpano or Tarponio, were destroyed by Julius Caesuras, during the war against Iliyrians.