Visit one of the best preserved medieval urban settlements of Europe
What would have been visible on the barren island 1500 years ago wouldn't have been impressive. Who was to know that this small patch of land was to become the most prosperous and largest medieval town in Istria by the 16th century?
Starting in the low town, obtained after the channal was land-filled in 1763, we will follow step by step the history and culture of this beautiful town. This will definitely be a journey back in time, starting with the WW2 monument area and going back to the inception point of Rovinj, up on the top of the hill of this little "ruby island".
Starting at the feet of Saint Euphemia's hill, we will discover the area that would have been obtained in 1763 when Rovinj, after having existed for more that a thousand years as an island city, becomes connected to the mainland . That narrow stretch of land is where the channel would have been and where we have the Bridge Square today- the isthmus of the peninsula.
On our way through the medieval ambiance of the old cobbled streets, we will stop at all the three main squares that we have today- all the three would have been the center of Rovinj at a specific point in time: Marshal Tito's Square, Grand Square as well as the old Oven Square.
A stop in the miniture Sephardic area ghetto is a must on the way up.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Cruise ship terminal at Valdibora harbor, or in front of WW2 memorial at the same location.
End location: Farmers' market, St. Euphemia's square or cruise ship terminal.
Duration: 2 hours
The visit is within the old city limits- a pedestrian area where all major sights are located within walking distance of each other.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
50 Croatian Kuna (HRK) - Drinks and/or snacks.
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We had Goran in both Pula and Rovinj. We wished he could have been our guide for the whole country.