Hum Made Shadows

Croatian Grad Hum is officially the smallest town in the world, as registered by the Guinness Book of Records. As of 2021, only 23 citizens live here, including the local Gradonačelnik (town head). This position is more of a headache, as most of the local inhabitants are actually pensioners, and the town itself encompasses three streets inside a castle with the size of a modern city supermarket. That’s why sarcastic locals call the town head “a fool for a year.” However, Hum is well worth visiting. It is a cozy little place surrounded by a beautiful valley where Istrians hunt for truffles and grow grapes to produce their wonderful grape rakija called Biska. It is also a nice place to take photos, as all buildings in the castle stand close to each other and produce intricate shadows during a bright summer day.y