Rovinj Croatia

Also known by its Italian name of Rovigno.

Went to the lovely town of Rovinj today. The old town is now a peninsula but it had originally been an island, then in the late 18th century the channel separating the island from the mainland was filled in. The result is a large flat area of land between the historic old town and the newer area which is where waterfront bars and restaurants can be found. Rovinj traditionally had a large ethnic Italian population and the signs are all bilingual in the town.

The church on top of the hill is the Church of St. Euphemia, a statue of her is on top of the bell tower. The remains of St. Euphemia were said to have washed up in a casket at Rovinj, this is where the casket was supposed to have been found and then brought up the hill to the church at the time. This is St. Cross passage.

Rovinj was an important town in the Republic of Venice from 1283 to 1797 and three town gates were built. This is one of them coming from the water.

Old Town Street

A walled garden in the Old Town.

The town gate from the main square, the top the gate has the lion of Venice.

Passage down to the water, reminded me a lot of Venice.

Around Rovinj there is an archipelago of small islands, there are boats tours that will take you to see them.

Covered market selling truffles in oil as well as olive oil. Also fresh fruit.

The 'other side' as in the non marina side of Rovinj, with a dramatic sky. The buildings all go down to the water's edge.

Rovinj sunset beyond the clouds.

Not having been to Rovinj for quite a few years I was surprised by the amount of cafes and restaurants along the waterfront, it all makes for great people watching. The Old Town itself had quite a few small interesting bars down little streets. Even this late in the season there were a number of tourist buses and lots of people wandering around admiring the Old Town. It's a lovely town to experience and from what I saw there accomodation options to stay in the Old Town.