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.
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.
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.
Continuing along the narrow street of La Grisa …
we come across picturesque alleyways tucked discreetly between the old stone buildings …
As well as beautiful architectural detailing
Until we enter the Marshal Tito Square that connects the old town of Rovinj with the newer town.
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.
Entering through the Arch, we climb the steep hill to the Basilica of St. Euphemia with its 60m high Bell Tower.
Atop the 17th century Tower is a statue of Saint Euphemia, standing watch over the town and bay.
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.
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.
Walking around the grounds of the Church we were provided with panoramic vistas of the Old Town and Aegean Sea below.
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.
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