The Municipality of Brtonigla-Verteneglio is situated in the northern part of the Istria region, Croatia. The Municipality was founded in 1994 by the Croatian law for the local self-government and its territory extends on the surface of 33 square meters. Brtonigla-Verteneglio counts a little more than 1.600 inhabitants and is divided into 5 smaller picturesque villages. A special characteristic of the territory of Brtonigla is that it’s located above four types of soil, all the types of soil that you can find in Istria, which is a unique case in Istria and probably beyond. Along the coast, which has about 3 kilometers, in one part lies one of the biggest and best Croatian camps, “Park Umag”. It’s a bilingual territory and the Italian culture is very present in this area. The proximity to the sea, the natural wealth of this area, the proximity to the borders of Slovenia and Italy as well as the touristic attractions, make it a unique place. Brtonigla-Verteneglio offers the best from the Istrian inland – natural parks and caves, picturesque hills, rich flora and fauna, and the excellently preserved small churches and chapels that testify about the past. It is also a place where you can find superior wines and olive oils – many family cellars and tasting premises invite the travelers to discover the authentic power of the local lifestyle. The main guidelines for the development of the Municipality of Brtonigla-Verteneglio are agriculture and tourism. Special attention is given to the education of the new generations, to sensitize them to respect the nature and to teach them the culture of the area. In fact, the municipal policies give an enormous space to young people. The Municipality of Brtonigla-Verteneglio has cooperation relationships with several institutions, administrative bodies and with a variety of organizations and development agencies, both governmental and non-governmental, local, regional and international.
The Development Agency of Brtonigla-Verteneglio, funded by the Municipality of Brtonigla-Verteneglio has got expertise in the field of rural development, in the promotion of ecological agriculture, in the promotion of local products, in the environmental-care policies. In particular, the Development Agency of Brtonigla-Verteneglio can count on a direct contact with the farmers of the area, it implements programs that promote ecological farming and invests in research for the protection of the indigenous products.