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Do you remember when you were little and your mom or grandma read bedtime stories to you? Most of the stories have some magical city built on a small hill. Inside a mighty magician treats everyone with its miracles. Now try to imagine how that city would look like. When you do, add the sea around it to make it even more beautiful.

What if I tell you that I am magician, too and I know how the picture in your head looks like?

The city you have in your mind probably looks a lot like Rovinj.

How Rovinj got its protector St. Euphemia?

Rovinj protector St. Euphemia

In the 3rd and 4th century it wasn’t easy to be a Christian on the Roman land. Emperor Diocletian was against Christianity and history remembers him as one of the cruelest persecutors of Christians. He is famous for sentencing the protector of Split, St. Domnius, but that wasn’t his only sentence to death of a future saint. Diocletian is responsible for a heroic death of St. Euphemia.

I’ll get back to St. Euphemia, but it would be silly to talk about Diocletian and skip the fact that he has a UNESCO protected palace in Split. He was a terrible person, but he had an amazing feeling for beauty. Diocletian’s palace is definitely worth visiting so take a car from the best rent a car in Pula and treat yourself with amazing adventure.

Now let’s get back to St. Euphemia. She refused to abandon God so Diocletian threw her to lions. That is why she is always painted with one or more lions around her. After her tragic death Christians preserved her body which later was send to Constantinople. Emperor there built a big church to Euphemia’s glory, but fate wanted to move a body of a brave lady from that legendary city. Back in 800 big storms hit Constantinople and Euphemia’s sarcophagus disappeared.

It looks like that brave lady wanted to get to Rovinj because that is where a young man has found it. He had two skinny cows, possibly Istrian boškarin, which he used to take the sarcophagus from the shore next to St. Francis church. Residents of Rovinj considered that a miracle so they started to worship St. Euphemia as their protector. 

People from towns around Rovinj were coming to see Euphemia’s sarcophagus so people of Rovinj decided to build a church worthy of their mighty protector. The church that dominates the whole town of Rovinj still proudly holds the name of the lady whose fate was stronger than fear of lions. 

The magician of Rovinj

beautiful city of Rovinj Croatia

If you have read our articles about Pula and Istria you know how much attention food gets in Istria. A long tradition in tourism and love for food push everyone to their limits. Everybody wants to stand out from the crowd with their food which is amazing. That gives guests an opportunity to taste food made from quality ingredients by world-class chefs. 

Constant improvement is the style of life for Danijel Đekić and Tjitske. Their hard work paid off in 2017. Their restaurant Monte got the first Michelin star ever in Croatia. This amazing couple uses their vast knowledge to make some extraordinary dishes. Rent a car and drive to the best Restaurant in Rovinj, maybe whole Istria. Danijel will show you some of his hidden magick, but as a real master magician, he won’t reveal his secrets. 

Tjitske, sommelier, will put you under her spell with wines from Istria and you will feel like never before. If you realize that you are unable to leave the table, don’t worry, there is nothing wrong with you. The food at Monte restaurant is just so good, people, usually, have a really hard time leaving. 

Call us and rent a car from us if you want to go to Rovinj and taste the best food in Istria. Driving our cars will be a lovely experience on its own, but once you enter Rovinj you will see what is real magick. You will be protected by legendary St. Euphemia while you enjoy masterpieces on a plate of a Monte restaurant. 

Everything looks better with a glass of wine in your hand so try some quality Istrian wine there and drive carefully on your way home.