The local dishes are characterized by simple and genuine ingredients.
Typical dishes include: rice in fish broth, risotto polesano with eel and the guinea-hen in tecia, cooked in an earthenware pot, ina a wood burning oven or over open fire.
Eel and freshwater fish are grilled or cooked in a saucepan, usually with a side dish of polenta, also typical to this area.
The area boasts a rich variety of game, especially geese and ducks.
There are tasty cold cuts, such as the renowned smoked bondiola, a specialty of the Basso Polesine area, and the bondiola of Adria, made with minced veal, pork rump and lard.
A typical dessert of the Polesine area is the torta (cake) polesana or miassa, made following a recipe that dates back to 1829.
In the southern part of Veneto, lying within the Po Valley, the Province of Rovigo is mostly occupied by the Polesine area, and crossed by two remarkable rivers: the Po and the Adige.
Following, the gentle flow of these rivers it is possible to begin a characteristic and unusual trip through woods, old towns and the sound traditions of the local people.
It is an exceptional land where a dense network of canals, drainage units, reclaimed lands and geometric plantations coexist with nature. An unreal world, absolute silence is only interrupted by the cry of birds or by the calm noise of the Po; a mysterious landscape, it is difficult to differentiate when the fog closes in. It is a valuable example of how mankind - through effort, sweat and love - can coexist with a difficult land without disturbing its balance.
The Po River Delta is situated on the coast of the Adriatic Sea; it is a little-known land to be explored; discover the hidden corners of this soft and captivating landscape where woods, pinewoods, oasis and cane fields coexist with history and art.
Rovigo is a modern city whose past is mapped out by its remarkable historic buildings.
The Medieval influence can be seen in the towers that look over the city, such as the tower in via Pighin and the two leaning towers: Donà -one of the highest Italian medieval towers- and the Mozza tower.
There are also many Renaissance mansions: Palazzo Roverella, Palazzo Roncale di Michele Sanmicheli and Palazzo dell’Accademia dei Concordi, which hosts the Painting Gallery of the same name.
The remarkable Cathedral dedicated to St. Stephen Pope and Martyr preserves many sculptures and paintings.
Heading towards the Adriatic Sea we come to the Po Delta Park, an area where masterpieces of nature and man unite to offer a sensational landscape. From the countryside, to the fossil dunes, the river banks, to the floodplains, the fishing valleys, to the lagoons, there are so many different landscapes to discover and experience in learning about the nature and history of this land.
In the Veneto area the Po Delta Park comprises nine municipalities including Porto Tolle, which boasts one of the most suggestive and precious landscapes in Italy, with spits of land that alternate with branches of rivers, islets, cane fields and fishing valleys; and Adria, the small, pretty town that gave the Adriatic its name, full of artistic jewels, and site of the National Archaeological Museum with its remarkable Etruscan and Roman finds.
In Fratta Polesine it is possible to admire Villa Badoer, one of the most beautiful Palladian villas realized in the Veneto area (16th Century), its interiors adorned with frescoes by Pierfrancesco Giallo Fiorentino. Badoer is one of 24 Palladian villas named as a single UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In Polesella too, there are many Renaissance villas which are all representative of the elegance and magnificence of the typical Venetian architecture.
Rosolina a Mare, a pretty small town on the Adriatic coast, has a vast sandy shore and a dense pine forest.
The Po River Delta is the site of the Regional Natural Park, characterized by unique landscapes that take the visitor to a surreal world made up of spits of land, branches of rivers, islets, cane fields and fishing valleys, all providing the perfect environment for many bird species.
Red herons and grey herons, ducks and geese, waders, flamingos, avocets: more than 370 ornithological species in this park make for a genuine oasis for birdwatchers and photographers.
An ideal way to discover the wonders of these places is to take a boat trip, slowly sailing along the many branches of the river. This experience can be even more exciting in canoe or kayak, making it possible to reach the quietest corners of the river to observe the birds that nest or fly in the area.
In general, for those who prefer birdwatching from dry land, several observation towers have been built. Many are the routes to be explored by mountain bike or on horseback, making it possible to immerse oneself body and soul in this captivating countryside.
For beach lovers, that at Rosolina a Mare, almost completely surrounded by two fifferent rivers, is beautiful and vast, and at first glance seems to be an island surrounded by the waters of the Adriatic Sea and the rivers.
True to Italian tradition, many feasts and festivals are held throughout the Province of Rovigo, in celebrating of age-old customs and traditions that still flourish today. Strawberries, wheat and polenta are just some of the foodstuffs that feature in these festivals, in addition to the traditional Christmas and Easter celebrations. Badia Polesine hosts the Sagra degli Aquiloni (Kite Festival), an event dedicated to children, with prizes for the most beautiful and the highest-flying kite.