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Rovinj is one of the most photographed cities in Croatia, especially known for its amazing sunsets. From the air, its location on a promontory makes it look like a fairy-tale village suspended on a pillow of bright blue sea; at ground level, it looks like the quintessential Italian fishing village. Central Rovinj once was an islet, and it wasn’t until 1763 that the channel separating it from the mainland was filled in. Today, Rovinj’s Old Town is a protected monument and one of Istria’s most visited sites. Rovinj has preserved the best of its architectural and cultural legacy by allowing development but keeping industry on the mainland, where the Rovinj tobacco factory and cannery still play major roles in the town’s economy. The historic center is a tangle of steep pedestrian streets that are paved with sea-salt-polished cobblestones and marked with signs in Italian and Croatian. These narrow, winding streets are lined with galleries, quaint shops, and excellent restaurants, but it is becoming very touristy and can get extremely crowded. Most streets lead to the town’s highest point, where St. Euphemia Church and its campanile dominate the skyline. Add to that Rovinj’s strong Italian personality, which includes a thriving fleet of small fishing boats, a smattering of Venetian-style piazzas, numerous restaurants, cafés, and atmospheric rock walls set next to pounding waves, and you have a town that’s both vibrant and historical.