VODNJAN/DIGNANO managed to maintain its outstanding characteristics of a Medieval urban and rural centre, so that today it resembles a man with a rich history. Its wide area with innumerable characteristic kažuni or casite (little stone houses) built in the technique of dry-stone walls denoting property stands as witness to a millennium of its inhabitants being engaged in agriculture, especially olive-growing and wine-growing as the basis of their own material prosperity.
According to the legend, it developed out of the association of seven villas which were part of the colonial goods of Pula. VODNJAN/DIGNANO was known as early as Roman times as VICUS ATTINIANUM and listed in historical records in 932 at the time of Pietro Candiniano, to whom the Istrian towns were giving amphorae of "good wine" in exchange of protection. Inside the historic nucleus, the town preserved its characteristic Medieval look with atria and narrow streets, irregularly winding among houses, with cobble roads and facades made of cobble stone, old streets still impressively recognizable by their Gothic, Venetian, Renaissance and Baroque style and many churches rich with memories and art. Among many, in the old town there is St. Jacob Church or "delle Trisiere" that was designated as a parochial church as early as 1212, a church that witnessed some important historical events such as the peace agreement with Pula in 1331 and the writing of the Statute of 1492.