"An Island Oasis and Winding Streets" Rovinj by BruceDunning

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Picturesque (as in a book) view of the town

This was a decent defense for the migrant people, so they started to occupy the island around the 4th century. As time went by the Croats/Slavs came here to settle. They needed protection from attackers and Dubrovnik had a fleet of ships that traversed these waters, so they made a pact to trade goods and it was a north port for Dubrovnik. However, in time The southern town could not defend Rovinj, which fell under Venetian rule in the 1600's. It managed to survive through Austrian and Italian rule over the next couple of hundred years, but went into decline in late 1800's.
Tourism has brought it back to fame, and they got that idea nearly 100 years ago, so now it is founded pretty well.

Island Unique surrounded by water

The Italian influence still prevails, as much here, and maybe more than other Istrian towns. The language is almost divided between Croat and Italiano. Our knowledge came in handy to communicate in Italian and we studied some Hrvatski also. The locals liked that a lot, and became quickly friendly for our trying to adapt to the culture. The irony is that maybe 5% are remaining Italians in the town since they were "moved out" after WWII. However, the language prevailed for a lot of those folks and it passed on down the to next generation.

Steeple Standing out in Skyline

The town has the houses but up against the water's edge, similar to what you would find in a lot of Italian towns. This was for protection as well as being able to make use of all the room possible

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Wonderful time seeing the churches and walking winding streets
  • Cons:It Would be packed with tourists in the summer on narrow streets
  • In a nutshell:A nice place for great views of the town and harbor
  • Last visit to Rovinj: May 2010
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Mar 7, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    These Croatian sea-side towns always look so enticing!

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Dec 17, 2010 at 12:26 PM

    This looks like a lovely town to poke around in, though it's a sham that you found some of the museums closed. But the winding streets look great - just the sort of place I like to explore and photograph!

  • Maurizioago's Profile Photo
    Oct 19, 2010 at 1:34 AM

    I hope to go there soon! Ciao!

  • tiabunna's Profile Photo
    Sep 15, 2010 at 3:50 AM

    Bruce, your Rovinj page confirms the "picture postcard" image I have of that area. Must try to get over that way some day.

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Aug 24, 2010 at 11:27 AM

    Very interesting views from high above, especially on Grisa Street! Rovinj looks like the sort of place I would love to explore too, for a short time. I don't really like things too crowded!

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Aug 9, 2010 at 11:26 AM

    Hello, Bruce! Now it's my turn to visit the majestic Croatia! :-) Thanx for your story and photographs...

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Jul 14, 2010 at 1:26 PM

    Bruce, lovely little page with brilliant photos of Rovinj. I visited Istria twice about 25 years ago, when it still belonged to Yugoslavia.

  • micas_pt's Profile Photo
    Jun 28, 2010 at 1:58 PM

    Fantastic aerial views. Enjoyed reading your page, well done.

  • Ekaterinburg's Profile Photo
    Jun 26, 2010 at 3:46 PM

    I've enjoyed re-visiting Rovinj with you . Glad to see it's as beautiful and photogenic as ever.

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Jun 21, 2010 at 4:22 AM

    Good all-around info on Rovinj.


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