Polesine and Po valley
The Po river
Rovigo and the whole Polesine area are linked to the most important river in Italy: the Po. For the management of landscape, the water penetration imposed a special relationship with nature than the rest of the region. Most relevant are the artificial canals and the drainage pumps present in strategical areas for the land reclamation, as well as the geometries of crops and the poplar groves. An environment that mingles up with reed beds, gulls, coots, water lilies and eels. A nature that, thanks to a rich amphibian world, can give a test on themes of the environment it self.
In the modern era
Rovigo, like the other art cities, earned along the years an economic and culture position of all respect. And this is due thanks to the development of the agriculture, the industry, and the road network.
The center of the town
As a result, the town was the connection of the Venetian and the Ferrarese. But during the fascism period, a modern town takes place where there was the XVth century site of the Este dynasty.
The main square is dedicated to Victor Emmanuel II around which we find the most important buildings of the city. The Town Hall, as well as Palazzo Roverella built in the second half of the XVth century on a draw of Biagio Rossetti that was the architect of the Este family. Very close to this palace, there is the cathedral with valuable works inside. Nearby the Dona tower and a truncated one that are the remains of a castle founded in 920. It seems that the first of them is among the highest buildings existing of the Italian Middle Ages.
The rose and Rovigo
Worth a visit La Rotonda, a Marian church with an octagonal floor plan. Inside there is a fresco representing the Madonna and child holding a rose. It seems that the Rovigo etymology derives from the roses that in antiquity characterized these areas.