After the stay of the Ban (Viceroy) Josip Jelačić and the Empress Maria Anna of Savoy, the wife of the Emperor Ferdinand, in Opatija, it becomes a highly demanded cure resort among the most important personalities of the Monarchy.
Croatian tourism was officially "born" in Opatija 170 years ago, when Iginio Scarpa built the Villa Angiolina to the memory of his deceased wife and surrounded it with a wonderful park. Very soon after the breaking year 1844 the place became a favourite destination of the elite from Rijeka and after the stay of the Viceroy Josip Jelačić and the Empress Maria Anna of Savoy, wife of the Emperor Ferdinand, Opatija becomes a highly demanded cure resort among the most important personalities of the Monarchy.
Through the entire 20th century Opatija was a popular destination of European and world jet-set and also with its attractive Summer Stage built on the backfilled coast, it turned soon into a festival centre of the state and the whole central and south-eastern Europe of the time and enriching gradually its tourist offer spreading it to the whole year. From the once winter cure resort, Opatija became an everyday more in demand summer resort of hundreds of thousands of tourists who arrive to Opatija attracted by its bathing-places, culture, architecture, gastronomy, congress halls and events.
Opatija celebrates its 170th birthday of organized tourism with a new postage issue that is available for purchasing beginning from 12th of June.Villa Angiolina Stamp has been issued in an 8-stamp sheetlet with one label and there is also First Day Cover (FDC) issued by Croatian Post.