Talijanova Buža

The Italians' Hole - Rimski vodovod - Roman Aqueduct

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Location: In Novaljy, Zvonimirova Street, in front of the Town Hall. Island Pag, Dalmatia.
Open: All year daily 8-20
Classification: SubterraneaWater Supply Roman aqueduct
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Dimension: L=1,024m
Guided tours: L=150m
Bibliography: V. Bozic (2002): The Roman Aqueduct of Novalja, 3rd International Symposium on Souterrains, Starigrad Paklenica (Croatia), 15.-18.9.2000 (Zagreb 2002) 46-51.
Boris Ilakovac (1994): Javni zdenac (lacus) rimskog akvedukta Škopalj-Novalja na Pagu, (The public well (lacus) of the roman aqueduct Škopalj-Novalja on the island of Pag), in: Radovi Zavoda za povijesne znanosti HAZU u Zadru. Sv. 36 (1994) / glavni i odgovorni urednik Mate Suic. ISSN 1330-0474. pp 1-5.
Address: Talijanova Buža, Tel: +385-, Fax: +385-,
Tourist Agency Sv. Marija d.o.o, Stara Novalja, island Pag, Croatia, Tel: +385-53-662-160, +385-53-662-150, Fax: *385-53-662-150. E-mail: contact
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1st century aqueduct built by the Romans.
19th century rediscovered.


The Talijanova Buža is a Roman aqueduct, built in the 1st century to provide drinking water for the town and the harbour of Novalja, the center of the island. It is connecting the Roman city Cissa, today a small hamlet called Caska, with Novalja and its harbour. It is cut through massive limestone, with nine ventilation shafts.

The name Talijanova Buža means the Italians' Hole and is a joke about its Roman origin. The visit is possible for the first 150 m of the 1,024 m long tunnel, starting from Zvonimirova Street, in the center of Novalja right in front of the Town Hall. The town council is working on opening more of the antique water tube for the public.