The only male student and a great lover of the garden of his village was Claudio Grbac, a versatile Šišanac who, in addition to working in a bank and growing olives, is extremely active in the Italian Community as a singer and dancer in folklore and a member of the choir, as well as a dancer in Medulin folklore. and a member of the Pula klapa. “I am extremely glad that the first such course was organized in our area, because I think that this is a great way to discover the unknown heritage. We all know about the Arena, St. Euphemia and the Euphrasian Basilica, but with this course the focus is on the hidden part of Istria and proves that even the smallest place can be heritage-valued and promoted. I am proud as a Šišanac that the heritage I grew up with has become important and recognized. Wanting to join the efforts of the Tourist Board of the Municipality of Ližnjan, I intend to become a guide because I want it to be well valorized. All guests who come to us and stay in apartments should get to know better the destination they came to Said Grabac. In our country, it is held by the first Croatian certified trainer, Iva Silla, who is also the author and leader of narrative and gamma tours of Zagreb called Secret Zagreb. The recently completed course in Šišan is the fifth in a series of courses organized mostly in small tourist destinations in which more than 40 guide interpreters have grown up. New courses follow that confirm the importance of interpretive guidance in heritage valorization and the creation of innovative tourism products The Tourist Board of the Municipality of Ližnjan is the first Istrian tourist board to recognize the value of the five-day course “Certified Interpretation Guide” of the Interpret Europe association. Tečaj “Certificirani interpretacijski vodič” kroz 5 dana i 40 vrlo zahtjevnih sati, u kojima je čak 70% praktičnog rada, suočava vodiče (i sve one s iskustvom u vođenju) s redefiniranjem dosadašnjeg načina rada i strukturiranja tura te im daje nove alate za rad. Poticanje brige o zajedničkoj baštini, pretvaranje predmeta i pojava u iskustva, poticanje stvaranja dubljih, emocionalnih veza s naslijeđem, otkrivanje puta do dubljeg značenja sve su to postulati interpretacije baštine koje treneri praktičnim radom prenose na polaznike. We consider the course an investment in the creation of innovative tourist products – Natali Palko Zirdum, director of the Tourist Board of the Municipality of Ližnjan Thanks to field work and valuable study of Šišan’s heritage, the hitherto neglected potential of Šišan has been put in the focus of numerous guides who will henceforth include it in their guides and thus provide it with richer tourist facilities. ”We are very happy that Šišan, as well as the entire municipality of Ližnjan, was the most studied place in Istria during two weekends in March. By organizing this course, we have made a big step forward in the research and tourist evaluation of our heritage, especially Šišan and Ližnjan, which have shone with numerous, hitherto hidden, heritage stories. Considering that almost all participants came to us from all over Istria and that we had four local participants, including me, in addition to education, a great synergy was achieved, which is why we are optimistic about the future. We consider the course an investment in the creation of innovative tourism products with an emphasis on greater involvement of the local community, which is the foundation for the preservation of our heritage”Emphasized Natali Palko Zirdum, director of the Tourist Board of the Municipality of Ližnjan. Trenerica Iva Silla izuzetno je zadovoljna proaktivnom grupom polaznika u Šišanu, a o daljnim koracima kaže: “Sljedeći tečaj počinje ubrzo u Vrsaru, organizira ga TZ Grada Vrsara u sklopu slovensko-hrvatskog projekta Uživam tradiciju. Nakon ljetne pauze u kojoj su vodiči zauzeti vođenjima u Hrvatskoj i izvan nje, kreće sljedeći ciklus tečajeva za koje su zanimanje pokazala i kontinentalna odredišta. Razvoj interpretacije baštine u punom je zamahu što me kao trenericu izuzetno raduje. Raznovrsna i bogata baština naše zemlje fantastična je osnova za kreiranje kreativnih i održivih turističkih sadržaja, a ovaj tečaj predstavlja kvalitetan i odmah primjenjiv alat za postizanje tog cilja” concluded Iva Silla. Why wouldn’t a similar story be told in Ližnjan tomorrow? Certainly possible, it’s up to the people. After Žumberak, Bakar, Šibenik and Kastav, for the first time in Istria this course was organized in mid-March by the Tourist Board of the Municipality of Ližnjan, which confirmed the fact that small destinations best recognize its potential. More space was required for the course, and the participants, in addition to the locals, arrived in small Šišan from Rovinj, Pula, Medulin, Fažana, Novigrad and Zagreb. Those who want market development, who are proactive and who break the status quo, no matter how “small or big” it may be, are growing and developing. If someone had said 5 or more years ago that people from Zagreb would get in a car and come to Baranja on weekends just for gastronomy, they would laugh and declare him crazy. But that is the reality and one “small” Baranja has positioned itself as a TOP destination in Slavonia. The European Heritage Interpretation Association Interpret Europe, which has over 800 members from 50 countries, has so far designed and conducted a series of courses to educate professionals in the field of heritage interpretation (guide, host, writer, planner, revived history). The longest-lasting and most elaborate education is certainly the course “Certified Interpretation Guide”, which, for almost a decade, has been conducted throughout Europe by trainers of the Interpret Europe association.