Ivana was born in Zagreb. Ever since her teen age, she has spent a lot of time in an international environment, which she liked a lot and which encouraged her to choose her current profession as a tourist guide. Having finished high school, Ivana firmly decided to carry on with her education in foreign languages by studying Hispanic studies as well as Slavic philology at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Zagreb. In order to perfect her use of Spanish language, she spent some time in Mexico.
Education: MA in Spanish language and literature, MA in Slavic philology
Languages: Spanish, English
Guide since: 2010
…restaurant in Zagreb is Okrugljak. Located in the mountainous part of the city of Zagreb, on the slopes of Medvednica Mountain, this restaurant, with a nice and quiet atmosphere, offers good Croatian traditional food selection as well as wines at reasonable prices. In the hot summer evenings, the romantic terrace of the restaurant offers a perfect refreshment.
…museum in Zagreb is the Gallery of Old Masters located in the beautiful building of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts. This gallery displays works of art from the 15th to the 19th century, mostly displaying the private collection of the Academy founder bishop Strossmayer. What fascinates her the most is the Baška Tablet located in the Gallery. This is one of the oldest written documents in Croatia. Written in stone, it displays old Croatian script, known as Glagolitic alphabet.
…Croatian product is the Šestine Umbrella. It dates back to the mid-18th century, and is a part of the folk costume worn in the Šestine region of Zagreb. This umbrella is by far one of the most recognizable souvenirs of Croatia’s capital.
…thing to do in Zagreb is socializing over a cup of coffee with her friends in Zagreb’s most vibrant and vivid street known as Tkalča. One of her favorite cafes is the coffee shop Bonn.
…destination in Croatia, outside of Zagreb is the town of Zadar, situated in the very northern part of Dalmatian region. The city of Zadar is more than 2000 years old, with variety of old churches, some that were built in early periods of Christianity, such as, St. Simon’s church and the church of St. Anastasia. The city of Zadar is nowadays also known for the unique masterpiece of the modern architecture, the sea organ powered by the sea waves.