It is an old town of Roman origin, famous mainly because of its Euphrasian Basilica, a monument on the World Heritage Unesco list because it was the first church in Western Europe with the 3-apse layout.
We visited the basilica, admired a Roman mosaic and some others dating from the 5th century, had a look at the baptistery and visited the bishop's palace.
I also climbed the tower for the views.
(This was an interesting painting in the bishop's palace: a canvas which had been painted over not once, but twice!)
Then we had a walk around town, looked at the remains of a Roman temple and had a toasted sandwich for lunch.
(a Romanesque house from the 13th century)
(this is the centre of town, where the decumanus maximus meets the cardo maximus)
Next stop was the small walled town of Novigrad/Cittanova
The town is very picturesque. It also has a 16th century loggia, apparently the only one in Istria that is located by the sea.
After our walk around town, it was time for a sit down and a small ice-cream!
On the way back to Rovinj, we stopped at Sveti Lovreč Labinski/San Lorenzo di Albona a fortified hamlet.
The main gate (Vela Vrata) sports the omnipresent Venetian lion and a strange head, said to be Attila the Hun.
I really liked the tiny place.
Back in Rovinj, we decided to go to the bar by the harbour to watch the sunset again, as we had done 2 days before. I thought that I wasn't going to take any more photos, but then I couldn't resist!
(this time I had an alcoholic cocktail: a cherry blossom)
After the drink at the bar, we climbed up to Da Sergio, a renowned pizzeria: the pizza was excellent.
And then it was time to go back to the hotel.