When it was decided that we would visit Italy I took the opportunity to add Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. Invariably our itinerary grew to include the Istria peninsula of Croatia and our visits to Grožnjan, Motovun and the coastal city of Rovinj.
Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.”Anatole France
After the break-up of the Austro-Hungarian empire, Rovinj came under Italian rule which lasted until the capitulation of Italy in September 1943 and came under German occupation until the end of WWII.
According to the Paris Peace Treaty from 1947 Rovinj was incorporated, along with other Istrian towns into Croatia within the Yugoslav state. On June 25th 1991 the Republic of Croatia proclaimed its sovereignty and independence.
Rovinj is actually quite a small town situated on the western coast of Istria. It has a population of 15000 inhabitants and is surrounded by water on three sides. The old town is dominated by the Church of St. Euphemia with its Venetian tower. All along the road up to the church are restaurants and shops.
The port of Rovinj is connected to Venice and the Emilia-Romagna region, Italy. During the summer months, there are passengers-only sailings almost every day. Rijeka Ferry Port, located 91 km from Rovinj, is connected to the islands of Kvarner and Dalmatia by ferries.
Because Rovinj grew from a humble fishing village you won't find an abundance of palaces or major museums. But you will find a picturesque town with a welcoming atmosphere without the overcrowding you might experience in Dubrovnik. Later that evening we had a wonderful dinner at Tutto Bene.