Amazing sunset over the Adriatic
Rovinj is a charming Venetian-style town; although quite commercialized, it retains an authentic look and atmosphere.
On a sunny day, at sunset time, take the winding lanes uphill to the church at the top of the hill. The sunset over the Adriatic sea is truly amazing!
PARK WOOD PUNTA CORRENTE
Park wood Zlatni Rt developed between 1890 and 1910. Count Georg Huetteroth arranged an agricultural landscape of the free landscaping style simultaneously introducing numerous evergreen exotic plants. Towards the end of period of arranging the park, count Huetteroth publicly announced the project of the climatic-beach centre Cap Aureo "The Sunny Coast of Istria", which was supposed to become an exclusive resort. Villas for the accommodation of the guests were supposed to be built in the Iobe bay, on the meadow near Skarabe, in the bay near Punta and on Montauro. The organization of the space, communications and the vegetation follow the accurately arranged plan for the hotel construction, which, by the time of its creation, size and the type of construction, is a rarity in such a type of Mediterranean environment, especially due to shapes and richness of the introduced cultures.
Namely, rare trees in European terms were brought to Punat through sailors all the way from Mexico, America, and Japan, and the especially valuable cedars were planted in the shape of the Star of David. Thanks to its arrangement, Zlatni Rt became one of the most famous park woods in the Mediterranean, side by side to Dubrovnik's Lokrum and Monaco's Hamburg. The project remained unfinished because of Huetterrodt's early death in 1910.
World wars and big social transformations changed the original intentions, so that Zlatni Rt became a protected object of nature of the park wood type intended for holidays and relaxation. Zlatni Rt was one of the generators of the tourist development of Rovinj but it was not properly maintained. The whole surface was neglected, the space was covered in macchia and the recognizable elements of the landscape style and arrangement were lost. By the physical plan and the General physical plan of the town, the renovation of the historical nucleus of the park wood was planned, as well as its enlargement southward towards the Cuvi area, also systematically arranged. Parks shaped in such a way turned out as the highest potentials for sunbathing and recreation on the lawns. Zlatni Rt used to be the most frequently visited beach in Rovinj. Since the lack of care caused the near disappearance of the lawns, wood borders and the valuable exotic plants, as well as sunny surfaces, the bathers increasingly keep choosing other beaches.
It is worth mentioning that Zlatni Rt became a park wood and a protected object of nature as early as 1961 by the resolution of the Republic Institute for the Protection of Nature. It occupies the space of 52,4 hectares, and 12,5 hectares include beaches and 4,5 hectares are fields. There are approximately 5.000 metres of coastal line, while the continental part is bordered with 800 metres of high dry wall. It is interspersed with walking alleys hiking paths. The walking alleys with a solid foundation take up 20.000 square metres of the surface, and the wood trails take up the surface of 5.000 square metres. Of the facilities on Punta, a watchtower and a horse stable were built. The stable was later turned into a catering point. By the same token, a pier for the mooring of boats was built next to the catering point. Park wood Zlatni Rt is the habitat for the game, especially deer, rabbit and pheasant for which special water-holes were built.
Old Masters Gallery at The Regional Museum
It was surprising enough to find the contemporary art collection here but given that Rovinj is just a small town on the Istrian Peninsula, discovering a collection of Venetian paintings from the 15th-19th century was just amazing. Maybe not when you consider how long Rovinj was under Venetian rule but generally speaking you do not expect to come across a collection of Old Masters in a small-town museum. This collection even claims to have one painting by the 'School of Bellini' but not being familiar enough with these artists I couldn't identify which one it was.I did find ' The Journey to Emaus" by Marco Ricci and some work by the school of Guido Reni though. One room is devoted to portraits, which according to the blurb, are of central European origin. Thes portraits are luminescent with a finish reminiscent of that achieved by the Flemish painters of the Northern Renaissance. The paintings are hung with flair in rooms furnished with occasional pieces of antique furniture. Both this gallery and the one metioned in the previous tip are on the first floor of the Rovinj Heritage Museum, where you can also see some archeological remains and a room filled with huge model ships. For a small regional museum, this is an impressive collection and not to be missed.
Opening Hours are 9-12 and 7-10 in summer and 9-1 in winter. It's closed on Sunday and Monday in winter and Sunday in summer. Admission is 30 Kuna ( less than EUR 3 ).
The Regional Museum is on the main square and the phone number is + 385 52 816 720
The photographs show the museum from the outside, the Old Masters Gallery and one of the ships from the maritime exhibition.
Through a cul-de-sac alley that climbs towards the top of the hill, appears suddenly Sveti Euphemia cathedral. If you click to enlarge the picture, you will even see that Sveti Euphemia herself is standing on top !
Bunar or zdenac
Not so long ago, most of the houses used to have bunar (the well) for the water supplying, which were situated in the inneryards. This one is can be seen in the courtyard of the restaurant in the old core of the town, right beneath the cathedral.