Dreaming in Diocletian’s Palace // Split

When I saw a property on Airbnb that let me stay in Diocletian’s Palace during my trip to Split a few weeks ago, I immediately clicked “book.” I mean, all my inner princess fantasies were finally going to come true!

To just debunk a few misconceptions: Diocletian’s Palace isn’t your typical palace. I would describe it as a small city within the city of Split. The streets remind me so much of Venice…tiny, crooked, dead ends all the time, and streets with multiple names. Also, it is seriously a photographer’s paradise. I’m not sure if I liked it more at day or at night!

Diocletian’s Palace was built by the Roman Emperor Diocletian around 300 AD and was meant to be his retirement home. It is considered the most important cultural and architectural structure in Split as well as the entire region. Additionally, it is the most intact Roman palace in the world!

Most people now recognize Diocletian’s Palace as a filming location for the fourth season of “Game of Thrones.” I’ll be honest, I don’t watch the show at all…haha. But seriously, how gorgeous is Diocletian’s Palace?!?!

BY NIGHT:

Diocletian's Palace via Wayfaring With Wagner
Diocletian's Palace via Wayfaring With Wagner
Diocletian's Palace via Wayfaring With Wagner
Diocletian's Palace via Wayfaring With Wagner
Diocletian's Palace via Wayfaring With WagnerThis is the main structure of Diocletian’s Palace. Now lots of outdoor concerts and events are held here (and the rocks make perfect platforms for modeling!)

Diocletian's Palace via Wayfaring With Wagner
Diocletian's Palace via Wayfaring With Wagner
Diocletian's Palace via Wayfaring With Wagner
Diocletian's Palace via Wayfaring With Wagner
Diocletian's Palace via Wayfaring With WagnerI really liked photographing at night because the lighting added this ominous feeling to all the photographs. Plus, different colors become much more present during nighttime than daytime.

BY DAY:

Diocletian's Palace via Wayfaring With Wagner
Diocletian's Palace via Wayfaring With WagnerI really had this thing for taking pictures of all the laundry hanging out to dry!

Diocletian's Palace via Wayfaring With Wagner
Diocletian's Palace via Wayfaring With Wagner
Diocletian's Palace via Wayfaring With Wagner
Diocletian's Palace via Wayfaring With WagnerI loved hanging out at this square and enjoying all the restaurants and cafes! I had the best breakfast Sunday morning in this square (the orange juice was fresh squeezed and to die for…)

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Diocletian's Palace via Wayfaring With Wagner
Diocletian's Palace via Wayfaring With Wagner
Diocletian's Palace via Wayfaring With Wagner
Diocletian's Palace via Wayfaring With WagnerThat picture above? A sneak peak of Split from the bell tower in Diocletian’s Palace! Can’t wait to share those pictures in the coming weeks!

So what’s your favorite: by day or by night?

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