The “city of roses” squeezed between two great rivers
Less conspicuous than other towns in the Veneto region, Rovigo is equally rich in artistic and cultural heritage. The “city of roses”, founded as an episcopal fiefdom sandwiched between the Po and Adige rivers, home to many historical monuments, including the Torre Donà and Torre Mozza, remnants of the ancient medieval fortifications. Of particular interest are the Cathedral, Palazzo Roncale and Palazzo Roverella. Also worth a stop is the Sanctuary of the Beata Vergine del Soccorso, known as the Rotonda due to its octagonal layout, flanked by the Longhena bell tower.
Also visit Fratta Polesine, famous for its 16th-century Villa Badoer, the work of Andrea Palladio and a UNESCO heritage site. The town was the birthplace of the socialist Giacomo Matteotti, who was assassinated by the fascist regime in 1924 and buried there. Documents and testimonies about his life can be seen in his house-museum.
If you are looking for a relaxing moment surrounded by nature, head to the Po Delta Parkan area of 750 square kilometres between Emilia-Romagna and Veneto where you can discover this delicate ecosystem in all seasons of the year. A true paradise for birdwatchers.