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Rovinj

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Dec 15, 2021

Rovinj (Italian: Rovigno) is a city in Istria. The city is officially bilingual (Croatian and Italian).

Rovinj
View of Rovinj at sunset
Old town harbor

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Rovinj is served by Pula airport approximately 30 km south. The easiest way to reach Rovinj from the airport is to drive – the journey takes approximately 40 minutes. Although cars are not permitted in the old town, Rovinj is sufficiently small so that parking is available close to most of the city. Prices are around 2 kn per hour (the park-o-meters accept only coins).

There are also buses from Central Pula run by Flixbus.

Venezia Lines is a high speed ferry company in the North Adriatic, linking Venice to the Istrian coast and in particular Rovinj. Departure (in season) every day at 17:00 and arrival at 20:00.

The old town and the surrounding area are small, and are easily accessible on foot. Bicycle hire is quite inexpensive in Rovinj and there are very good cycle tracks up and down the coast.

In the old town

The old town is best explored on foot. Worth seeing are the original entrance into the city, the Balbi Arch; the market at Valdibora; the cathedral of Sv. Euphemia; the artists’ street of Grisia, described as “Rovinj’s Montmartre”; and the harbour in the centre of the town.

There are also taxi boats and excursions to St Katherine’s Island, in the harbour.

  • Walk around in the old town.
  • Climb the campanile of the cathedral of Sv Euphemia in the middle of the old town.
  • Shop for truffles, olive oil, seafood or fruit and vegetables in the open air market, between 07:00 and 16:00.
  • Cycle there are miles of cycle tracks to the south through pine forest that follow the coast line. Cycle Hire is relatively cheap for good quality bikes.
  • Swim right there, below the church you can clamber over the rocks and take a dive in the Adriatic.
  • Rovinj Heritage Museum, Trg marsala Tita 11/52210 Rovinj, +385 52 816 720. 09:00-15:00, 19:00-22:00 (late opening, summer only). The museum is housed in a Baroque palace that in the 17th and 18th century belonged to the Califfi counts. It was founded in 1954 by a group of artists from Rovinj with the intention of collecting and exhibiting works of art. Today it serves as a town gallery and as a place where its rich bank of works of art is permanently exhibited. 15 kn. 

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