The history of Rovinj dates back to ancient times. Even before the Romans set foot on the island in the 2nd century a small village existed here, which the Romans renamed Ruginium. In the 7th century then the city was renamed again in Rovigno; it received its current name in 1945 unter Yugoslavian rule.
Until the 18th century Rovinj was an island; in 1763 it was connected with the main land. Nowadays the city lies on the peninsula Istria in the north west of Croatia.
From the 13th century onwards Rovinj experienced a period of prosperity under the rule of Venice (Venice was one of the most important powers in the Mediterrean Sea for a long time). Venice is only 3 hours away from Rovinj with the ferry.
The Porta Balbi is the oldest remain of the Venetian rule. It was built in 1680 and on the very top you can see the Winged Venetian Lion.
Rovinj still feels very much italic, which is not surprising considering it was unter Venetian rule for several centuries.
Like on the whole Istrian Coast the restaurants here offer first-rate fish and seafood.
The Church of the Holy Euphemia with the church tower visible from afar was built in the beginning of the 18th century on the foundations of an older church. The basilica with three naves was planned by Venetian architect Giovanni Dozzi.
On the top of the roughly 60 metres high church tower, which was built after the model of the Camapanile in Venice, a bronze statue of the Holy Euphemia stands. The statue is rotatable and shows the direction of the wind with her right hand.
On the fringes of the city a small way leads around the old town of Rovinj, which is surrounded by the sea on three sides, in a big circle along the sea.
The typical post-card-Rovinj: clear blue sky, colourful houses, some green and the church tower on top of the slowly rising hill.
Not far from the coast you can sight dolphins with some luck. So keep you eyes open when on sea.
Around Rovinj there are a lot of camping grounds, from where you can explore the city and the Istrian peninsula.
Vodnjan lies about half an hour south of Rovinj. Just like its more famous neighbor the town has preserved its medieval character with its narrow streets, old churches and slighty washed-out houses.
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