Rovigo province capital Po valley Veneto region
The Po river
Rovigo and the whole Polesine area are linked to the most important river in Italy: the Po. And hence the water penetration imposed a special relation with nature than the rest of the region. Most relevant are the artificial canals and the drainage pumps. Where in addition we can find the reclamations, the geometries of crops and the poplar groves. Therefore it mingles up with the spontaneity of reeds, gulls, coots, water lilies and eels. And also with an amphibian world that gives a test on the themes of the environment.
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 15th century site of the Este dynasty.
The main square is dedicated to Victor Emmanuel II. And 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 fifteen century. In the detail, on a draw of Biagio Rossetti that was the architect of the Este family. Hence near there is the cathedral with valuable works inside.
The area of the Cathedral
And close to the Cathedral, we find the Dona tower and a truncated one. They 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, Marian church with an octagonal floor plan. Inside there is a fresco with the Madonna and child holding a rose. It seems that the Rovigo etymology derives from the roses that in antiquity characterized these areas.