Touring the Istrian Peninsula we stopped at the village of Rovinj. This is a extremely picturesque town with red-rofed houses clustered around the hill with the Church of St. Euphemis at the top of the hill. The church has a typical Venetian Bell Tower topped by a bronze statue of St, Euphemia. The present structure dates to the Baroque period, the baptistery stands on
Freedom square. There is a Franciscan monastery on the eastern side of town.
The old town is packed into a small island with steep narrow streets and a winding main street. Around the harbor filled with boats, are bright awnings and colorful cafes . Artists, musicians, writers and actors have gravitated to this beautiful place finding apartments in the historic houses of the town. The town center has been surrounded by a wall since the Dark Ages and is entered through seven gateways of which three remain in their original appearance. There is a wonderful small market near the harbor with several stalls selling fresh produce and truffles both black and white and truffle oil.
The area was originally inhabited in the pre-historic times and was conquered by the Romans in 177 BC.. When the empire was split it became part of the Eastern Empire.