“Get to know the locals!”
Rovinj chimneys are considered an architectural phenomenon in Istria. During centuries, Rovinj was a desirable destination to plant family roots, so at times Old Town inevitably experienced overpopulation. Newcomers had to claim their civil rights, and so they did – by building chimneys. Building a chimney was a legal basis for obtaining civil rights in Rovinj. Afterall, it was a pretty desirable place to live. So, newcomers were welcome, but Rovinj natives didn’t make it easy. Obtaining a fireplace in a home was a symbol for family, life and social status. Furthermore, due to narrow streets and density of houses, chimneys were built outside the house. Next time you walk through Old Town, take a good look at wonderful picturesque Rovinj chimneys!
At the end of 19th century, opening a tobacco factory in Rovinj was an industrial bloom for the area.
Surprisingly, more than 700 women applied to work in the factory. At a certain period there was a total number of 780 women employed.
Consequently, any woman who worked at the factory was called a ‘tabacchina’. Tabacchinas had simple tasks: to roll perfect cigarettes, and to make sure the production ran smoothly. But in the eyes of young Rovinj men, they were not mere just workers.
For them, a tabacchina was a self-confident, hardworking woman (with regular income).
Having that in mind, sailors fishermen and farmers saw opportunities for settling down, because tabacchinas were considered a good catch. They wanted to marry them for their financial independence and so tabbachinas quickly became the most desirable bachelorettes in town.