Rovinj, Croatia

Rovinj Croatia

ZigZagging Our Way Through Europe

Today, we set sail from Pula for the Croatian coastal city of Rovinj situated 40km to the northwest.

Sailing into Rovinj’s marina, one of the first things we notice is the Italian charm.  After all, from the end of World War I until 1947, Rovinj was a part of Italy.

Rovinj, Croatia
Rovinj, Croatia

The second most visited town behind Dubrovnik, Rovinj is a favorite of European travelers although not that well known to travelers from the United States.

After debarking, we set off for La Grisia, the main street leading to Rovinj’s Old Town. We first pass the Partisan Memorial, erected to commemorate the victims of fascism during World War II.

Partisan Memorial In Rovinj, Croatia
Partisan Memorial

Just past the Memorial, we enter the seafront Rovinj Market. Although appearing to be a farmer’s market, we found it targeting mostly tourists with vendors aggressively hawking produce or souvenir trinkets.

Rovinj Market, Croatia
Rovinj Market

Continuing along the narrow street of La Grisa …

Rovinj, Croatia

we come across picturesque alleyways tucked discreetly between the old stone buildings …

Rovinj, Croatia

As well as beautiful architectural detailing

Detail of Doorway in Rovinj, Croatia

Until we enter the Marshal Tito Square that connects the old town of Rovinj with the newer town.

Marshal Tito Square in Rovinj, Croatia
Marshal Tito Square

Built in the 17th century, it was initially called Piazza della Riva and later Square Vitorio Emanuele III. In 1980, it was renamed the Marshall Tito Square after the death of Yugoslav President Josip Broz Tito.

To the right of the Square we find the Balbi Arch, an ancient Venetian arch that leads back to Rovinj’s Old Town. Built in 1679, it was named for Daniel Balbi, the town mayor.

Balbi Arch in Rovinj, Croatia
The Balbi Arch

Entering through the Arch, we climb the steep hill to the Basilica of St. Euphemia with its 60m high Bell Tower.

Basilica of St. Euphemia In Rovinj, Croatia
Basilica of St. Euphemia

Atop the 17th century Tower is a statue of Saint Euphemia, standing watch over the town and bay.

Basilica of St. Euphemia Bell Tower
Basilica of St. Euphemia Bell Tower

The interior of the Church is decorated in the opulent Baroque style with high ceilings, statues, frescoes, as well as several treasured 16th century paintings.

Basilica of St. Euphemia In Rovinj, Croatia
Basilica of St. Euphemia Interior

The Church also contains a sarcophagus which holds the remains of Saint Euphemia. The patron saint of Rovinj, she was born in 290 AD and died by torture in 304 AD when she was only 14 years old for refusing to renounce her Christianity.

Sarcophagus of Saint Euphemia in Rovinj, Croatia
Sarcophagus of Saint Euphemia

Walking around the grounds of the Church we were provided with panoramic vistas of the Old Town and Aegean Sea below.

Rovinj, Croatia

Returning to the marina and after a wonderful day exploring Rovinj, we were again captivated by the influence Italy has had on the beautiful architecture in this city by the sea.

Rovinj, Croatia
Rovinj, Croatia

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