|The basilica of St Euphemia and its campanile crown the old town of Rovinj|
Nowadays the two cities are linked by daily ferries, and a pleasant 3 to 3 1/2 hour voyage takes you from the end of Venice's Zattere to the port of Rovinj, beside its old town. The schedule of the ferries--which leave Rovinj at 7 am and leave Venice at 5:30 pm--are clearly oriented toward day-trippers from Croatia, intent on joining the 75% of visitors to Venice who stay no more than a few hours. In fact, because you arrive at Rovinj at 9 pm from Venice, and the next ferry leaves in the early morning, you might conceivably make a "night trip" and enjoy Rovinj's less expensive restaurants and bars, but a day trip proper is out of the question. In the next couple of posts though, I'll suggest that 2 nights in Rovinj (or the nearby port town of Porec, also served by ferries) for someone staying a longer time in Venice makes more sense than the more common jaunt of a few hours made by someone staying in Rovinj.
But having awakened this morning at 5 am to catch the boat back to Venice, I'll leave more on that for tomorrow.