About Livno

About Livno

Just 90 km from Split, there is a small town of Livno, a crossroad of history and culture, landscape and climate. Livno’s geographical position contributed to the turbulent and rich history of the city and its surroundings. The first written mention of Livno was in the statue of the duke Mutimir, 892 (September 28th) so this date is being celebrated today as the day of the city. It is important to mention that the people who lived in this area enriched the history and culture. In the prehistoric period, this area was settled by the Illyrian tribe Delmati and Livno was the center of then called Delmat Region. 156 BC, the Romans began their first raid on Delmati. The war was long-lasting and the Delmati proved to be excellent warriors and warlike people who were not easy to conquer. The Roman legions suffered enormous losses but still won over the area."It was the toughest war that the Romans led after those against the Carthage". After the complete conquest of the Delmati, after which the Roman province Dalmatia was named since they were the last one conquered, the long-lasting process of Romanization began.

After the victory over the Avaris at Carigrad in 626, Croats settled in the areas of Roman Dalmatia and Pannonia. In these areas, the Croatian Kingdom develops as an independent state by the middle of the 10th century. In the Middle Ages, Livno occasionally crosses into the composition of the Bosnian Kingdom and then returns to the composition of the Croatian Kingdom. The Ottoman army entered Livno in 1463, soon withdrew but returned several years later and remained until the arrival of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1878. After World War I, Livno became part of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. During World War II, Livno became a part of the Independent State of Croatia; later temporarily occupied by Tito’s Partisans who finally conquered it on October 10, 1944, making Livno a part of Yugoslavia. In the last war (1991-1995) Livno remained unbowed and after the war it became capital of Hercegbosnian County in Bosnia and Herzegovina.


Turbulent and rich history has left in heritage many cultural monuments, the Catholic churches, the Orthodox churches and mosques. Geography and different cultures have eriched this region gastronomically. Natural pastures, fresh air and rich traditions have brought the enchanting title of the best cheese in the Balkans (Belgrade 2018).The Livno cheese is produced by family Puđa. In addition to the cheese, the Livno gastronomy is complemented by excellent cured meats, homemade rolled pie (burek, zeljanica) and variouus meat delicacies from Livno's pastures, such as lamb, veal and beef. You can also taste the excellent trout from the Livno rivers, carp and catfish from Buško Lake.


Livno is also specific for its people. Some of the most famous people of today come from Livno.
Zlatko Dalić – coach of the Croatian National Football Team which won second place at the 2018 World Cup.


Niko i Robert Kovač – coaches of FC Bayern Munchen
Davor Šuker – the best shooter of the World Cup in 1998.
Mate Rimac – Innovator and “creator” of the world's fastest electric car Concepttwo – by Rimac Automobili