Ivica Profaca

Ivica Profaca is a journalist with decades of experience, and strong connection with Split, city where he was born, and where and with which he still lives. With this series of blogs he shows Split as he see it, and as he would like you to see it. Contact writer via: iprofaca@gmail.com
  • Enjoy Films by the Sea and on the Mountain

    Here I am again, for the 100th time on Split Personality Blog, and hoping for many, many more! Little by little, Split turns into a city of film festivals, even this year when many events of that kind were cancelled or postponed. In July, we enjoyed Mediterranean Film Festival, which was originally scheduled in its usual early June. Following all epidemiology guidelines, open air cinema Bačvice hosted films from around the Mediterranean, but also Latin America as a separate program. In the ... More

  • What Prophet Muhammad Has To Do With Franciscan Monastery?

    When speaking of heritage in Split, first idea is usually ancient Rome and Emperor Diocletian. The second one is Christianity, with Split being one of the centres of faith in Croatia. However, influences on that heritage are various, sometime with strange twists. It's enough to see Egyptian sphinxes scattered in public spaces and museums, or traces of thousands of years of Jewish presence in this area. Some of those signs of different influences are in the same time among those hidden gems ... More

  • #SplitForKids: Play and Learn about Split

    Tourism is back in Croatia, and Split, with re-opening of borders, and in spite of sudden increase of new COVID-19 cases pretty much everywhere. It's very, very far away from visits we got used to in previous years, but even short walk around Split gives an impression of season. What can we offer to them, to let them have vacation as close as possible to some earlier, normal times? Here is a product Tourist Board of Split has for families with children arriving to our town - a tourist map of ... More

  • COVID-19: New Restrictions Arrived

    It was so great to write few previous updates on COVID-19 situation in Croatia, but things change fast this year. Too fast. And in direction we don't want. Numbers in Croatia are still among the lowest in EU, but can and probably will grow. You can follow all stats at official national COVID-19 page. Obviously, re-opening brought some unwanted side effects. I don't want to put blame on ordinary people, but it's a fact that people don't wear face masks. It was never mandatory, just a ... More

  • COVID Update: Split Getting Closer

    As previously announced, June 15 was supposed to be sort of a D-Day for borders opening in Europe, including Croatia. Excellent epidemiology situation in Croatia, with only a handful of new cases in the last seven days, and only seven patients still in hospitals, definitely is encouraging for everyone who wants to visit Croatia. However, there are European countries where COVID-19 is still active, in some cases very active. That's why National Civil Protection Headquarter extended the current ... More

  • COVID-19: Travel to Split Getting Easier

    Is there a tourism in Croatia this season? Well, if you have walked around Split these days, you could probably see or hear first early birds, mostly arriving by car. They are still rare, far from anything we had in previous years as one of the most attractive destinations in Croatia. Officially, some 10-15 thousand foreign citizens entered Croatia since border regime softened. However, situation with border openings and travel regulations is changing almost on a daily basis. It's moving. It ... More

  • COVID-19: New Normal is Here!

    Ilustration Dalmatinski portal  A time has come for "New Normal"! On this day, May 11, 2020 Croatia started what is officially called the third phase of opening after lock down caused by Corona virus. It's logical result of situation in Croatia, which is mostly under control, with numbers much lower than in most European countries. In the last few days, Split and its county had an outbreak of several dozens new cases, but with swift reaction this was contained, and now we ... More

  • In Honour of Domnio's City

    Split was never very shy in any kind of celebrations or festivities, but nothing can be compared with celebrating city's patron saint Domnio, or Domnius. City is so well identified with that martyr and bishop from Roman city of Salona, that people in Split ("Splićani") usually call him by more local version of his name Duje. Moreover, over centuries Duje became the Split-most male name. Throughout whole history of Split, Duje became "one of us", even though he was executed ... More

  • Coronavirus: Caution, But Not Panic

    On a day when I'm writing this blog, there are five people in Croatia found positive on Coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV as experts like to call it. It's hard to predict whether numbers will grow, and how much. It's even harder to say where this virus will travel next. We live in a globalized world, after all, and with millions of people travelling who can predict the path of a virus like this? What does it mean in a city like Split, big reception destination for tourists from around the world? It's ... More

  • Split, A Running Paradise

    Recent Split Marathon was a huge success, thousands of people took part in this celebration of running, some of them on full size marathon, much more for half marathon. Once again, Split was sporting capital of Croatia, and there is nothing to say but to wish them many, many years of this wonderful event. Results are available on Marathon's web site, but even more important is that Split is now marked on world running map, as a place which gives a lot of opportunities for possibly the ... More