Relaxed Rovinj is perhaps the best place to visit in all of Istria. Wooded hills punctuated by low-rise luxury hotels surround the town, while the 13 green offshore islands of the Rovinj archipelago make for pleasant, varied views. Rovinj is still an active fishing port, so you see local people going about their day-to-day business, and the cobbled, inclined streets in the old town are picturesque. There's a large Italian community here.

Originally an island, Rovinj was first mentioned in the 7th century as Ruvignio but it's believed that the town emerged at least several centuries earlier - possibly between the 3rd and 5th centuries. It was settled by Slavs in the 7th century and began to develop a strong fishing and maritime industry.

The Rovinj coastal area is very well articulated with numerous bays, creeks, and capes. There are places of great natural and ecological value: forest park Punta Corente-Muntrav, St. Andrea's archipelago, the Palud marsh, the Limski kanal Fjord, and Monfiorenzo cave. Along the coast, with a markedly Mediterranean flora and fauna, a sup-Mediterranean climate with a moderate humidity level prevails.

The presence of man reaches back to prehistoric time. The antique city nucleus, built on foundations of an insular fortification which was a prehistoric settlement, dates from the 2nd-4th century, and also presents a unique Venetian urban and architectural model, built upon late antiquity and high medieval foundations.

The historic nucleus is piled up on a hill, on a very narrow building area of former island, with houses bunched together up to the door-step of the baroque church of St. Euphemia. The church and its slender bell-tower dominate the city, with the ample Valdibora bay on North side and the picturesque bay of St. Catherine on Southern side of the city.

Coordinates: N 45° 04’ 58", E 13° 38’ 03"

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