Favorite thing: The baroque parish church of St. Euphemia was finished in 1736 after a plan made by the architect Giovanni Dozzi. The sarcophagus of St. Euphemia, which according to legend floated from the distant shores of the Bosphorus in the 8th century, is located in the church.
Favorite thing: The bell-tower of St. Euphemia's Church, the city's patron saint, is 59 m high and resembles the campanile of San Marco's basilica in Venice. A statue of St. Euphemia, several meters high, is placed on the top of the bell-tower, set there in 1758 and restored in 1996.
Favorite thing: This is located right off Trg Marsala Tita, and on Obala Pina Bucina-or the street along the harbor edge. They were helpful for directions of things and had many maps in many languages. It is in the midst of restaurants there
Favorite thing: Its not much I can say here, pictures really tell everything. Rovinj has always been one of my favorite istrian and adriatic places and I have always been returning there since my chilhood years. The city itself has a special, unique structure and no matter from which side you approach, you will always be stunned by the view to the historical old city downtown, dominated by the St.Eufemia's church. But, nearby Rovinj there are few bigger and smaller islands, accessible by local boat charters, which I strongly recommend you visit when you are there. Most of the islands offer excellent beach resorts so have that in mind when planning your vaccation.
Favorite thing: The harbour in Rovinj is really busy and there is more traffic across the water than on the streets. It took me a few days to realise that one of the things that's so great about this place is the comparative abscence of cars and exhaust fumes. There are some cars of course, parked in various places but in the centre, because of the narrow hilly streets, you never have to hear or make way for a car. But all day long and probably all night as well, the traffic at sea is constant. Fishing boats, ferries to the islands and pleasure boats mingle freely and although there is a large yacht marina in front of our hotel I've only seen one yacht at sail in the bay. Some moored boats are even used as souvenir shops and many were open at the weekend. This is the first time I've been in a place where everything seems to happen on the water and I absolutely love it. The chug-chug of motor boats, the hum of generators and the swoosh of water - such pleasant sounds and such a change from traffic conjested streets.
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.
Not surprisingly, given the beautiful location, Rovinj has attracted large numbers of artists who have settled and now work here. I've already mentioned Grisia ( the artists street and festival), plus the new gallery on the premises of the tobacco factory but I was absolutely amazed at the large permanent collection of modern art in the local museum. The gallery is on the first floor of the museum and mainly features work by the Rovinian Circle. This group was founded by Bruno Mascarelli and six others and is now an established and respected group within Croatian art circles. Most of the paintings shown here are abstract but there are also some representational land and townscapes. The gallery itself is pristine, with gleaming wood floors and white walls. There's lots of sculpture on display as well as paintings, with some monumental pieces strikingly positioned in the centre of the gallery floor. The paintings are mostly big, colourful and thought provoking and despite the comparatively small space available are really displayed to advantage.
In addition to the work of the painters living or working in Rovinj, during the winter months the gallery also displays a selection from the contemporary Croatian art collection. The photographs show the gallery and some of the works on display.
Favorite thing: I came upon the Scuola di Musica entirely by accident. Having struggled up Ulica de Amicis to visit the Franciscan Monastery( which was closed), I sat on the steps to rest and found myself surrounded by the sound of music. Not a hallucination caused by oxygen deprivation but a choir of girls performing just across the way in the Scuola di Musica. They were singing either trendy hymns or some sort of folksongs but whatever the subject the result was absolutely delightful. I wasn't the only one gatecrashing this performance and the two children you see in the photo were hanging onto the windowsill for dear life. At the end all the kids outside clapped loudly and it was very easy to romanticise this whole evidence of what seemed to be idyllic school days. When you get to my advanced age you tend to get nostalgic about these things. As I left though, I noticed a coat of fresh white paint covering something underneath but regrettably another coat of paint was needed. At the very bottom, in bright blue, someone had written something VERY rude. School ( or even Scool) it seems, inspires the same sentiments from its pupils everywhere........ even in beautiful Rovinj. I should point out here that my favourite memory is of the impromptu concert that I was treated to and not the graffiti. It was funny though !
Fondest memory: An enduring memory of Rovinj for me would have to be its seagulls. Physically huge and incredibly voluble they are a constant backdrop to any visit here. Every bollard along the harbour has a proprietorial seagull perched on it and every boat has several perched on the prow. They fly in swarms after the fishing boats and parade petulantly along the parts of the harbour where tourists sit and eat. Looking down from your chair you will be fixed witha beady eye and a quivering beak. 'Feed me' that eye says, and gobbles up whatever you give him in an instant swallow. They are so tame they will practically eat out of your hand but watch your hands as those beaks are as sharp as Stanley knives. it seems strange to be entertained by seagulls but one morning on the main square we witnessed a territorial row on a scale with War of the Worlds. Some pigeons were daring to peck around a seagull's patch and the antics he got up to to scare them off were hilarious. The flapping of wings and chasing off was par for the course but you never heard vocals like this. An operetta in three acts, written and performed by Mr seagull! Their vocal range of screeches and screams is truly amazing and I seriously wonder if they're having sneaky lessons at the Scoula di Musica mentioned in the next tip.
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!
The main spot in Rovinj is the Church on the top of the hill ..from there hundreds of alleys slope down to the main square and the waterfront..Amazing sights going up to the top of islands in front of the coastline
In summer is a mostly popular destination for all the Istrians and its very crowded
At the same time a peace and relax spread all the town and i didnt find any trouble or bother there
Rovinj is situated in the most western part of Croatia, on peninsula of Istria. It is relatively small town but one of the biggest and among most beautiful touristic resort on Adriatic.
The old core of the town is very pitoresque and by the colors of its facades looks very alike to Burano, townlet nearby Venice/Italy.
Down to the sea by the southern side of the peninsula of Rovinj. Between the previous picture and this one, we have visited Sveti Euphemia cathedral (look under ''must see'').
A watch dog sits in the middle of the street and watch at any passerby. That is its job !
Favorite thing: A lovely pink house sits by the side of strong stonewall that has to be a part of the city wall. The first city wall was built in the Middle-Ages. The Venetians improved it and since then, some parts of the city wall were demolished and rebuilt several times.
Favorite thing: If we go on walking up towards Sveti Euphemia cathedral, the houses are smaller and scattered, the street is more sunny. It looks like if we were to arrive in a different place, a different world ! Still Rovinj but not the same Rovinj !