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What to see in Rovigo: historic center, typical dishes and surroundings

Located between the Po and Adige rivers, Rovigo, seemingly quiet and often overlooked by tourists, hides a cultural and landscape heritage that is worth exploring. The history of Rovigo dates back to the medieval period, when it was dominated by the Este family, the Serenissima of Venice and the Austrians. Despite its reputation as the “ most boring city in Italy ”, Rovigo has evolved into a fascinating destination, characterized by a strategic location and a rich artistic heritage .

What to see and do in Rovigo

The heart of Rovigo is concentrated around Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II and Piazza Garibaldi , with Corso del Popolo as the main artery. A walking itinerary allows you to discover the city easily. The lively atmosphere of Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II, dominated by Palazzo Roverella, offers an excellent introduction to the discreet beauty of Rovigo.

Here is a short introductory guide to the beautiful buildings of Rovigo that can be visited starting from the center:

  • Palazzo Roverella : built in the fifteenth century, this palace hosts highly attractive temporary exhibitions. Its red brick and pink marble facade is an icon of the city. The permanent art gallery inside contains works from the fifteenth to the eighteenth century.
  • Palazzo Roncale : dating back to the sixteenth century, this sober and austere building is another important contribution to Rovigo's cultural offering. It currently exhibits part of the art gallery's collection.

Social theater and museum of the Great Rivers

The Teatro Sociale of Rovigo , located in Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi, is one of the city's cultural treasures. Founded in 1819, this historic theater is still today configured as a public institution and represents one of the few traditional opera houses in Italy . Built in the 19th century, it is characterized by an elegant neoclassical façade which highlights its majesty. The interior is equally impressive, with a room that retains the atmosphere and beauty of the era in which it was built.

Instead, the Museum of the Great Rivers is a fascinating stop on the cultural journey of Rovigo. Located in Piazza S. Bartolomeo, this museum is entirely dedicated to the particularities of the Polesine area, offering a unique perspective on the development of civilizations along the Po and Adige rivers . The museum uses a combination of multimedia installations, models, dioramas and archaeological finds to tell the story of the populations that developed on the banks of these important rivers.

The towers and churches of Rovigo

The two remaining medieval towers bear witness to the ancient castle of Rovigo, built in 920. They cannot be visited, but are nevertheless a fascinating point of reference in the city centre. Let's now discover the churches:

  • Church of the Beata Vergine del Soccorso : also known as La Rotonda, this sixteenth and seventeenth century church is an architectural and artistic jewel. Precious Venetian paintings adorn the interior and it is one of the most visited places in the city.
  • Porta San Bortolo : the best preserved of the ancient gates of Rovigo, this fifteenth-century structure with Ghibelline battlements connects the center to the San Bartolomeo district.

What to do around Rovigo

Located just 15 km from the center of Rovigo, Villa Badoer , known as La Badoera, is a sublime creation by the Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio. This noble residence, immersed in the Fratta Polesine countryside, is a superb example of 16th century architectural elegance. Villa Badoer is composed of a central body which served as a residence for the owners and two barchesse arranged in a semicircle. The building was subsequently enlarged in the eighteenth century with the lengthening of the barchesse. The interior of the villa is decorated with frescoes depicting mythological scenes and decorative motifs taken from classical antiquity. Its harmonious architecture and well-kept gardens make it an authentic oasis of elegance.

Discover the Po Delta

The Po Delta is one of the natural wonders of the province of Rovigo, often referred to as the " Italian Camargue ". This fascinating wetland is of great environmental and cultural importance, yet remains largely ignored by mass tourism. The landscape of the Po Delta offers a melancholy beauty, described by some of the most important pages in the history of Italian cinema.

The region is characterized by large expanses of water, reed beds and unique natural habitats. The biodiversity of the delta is remarkable, with numerous species of migratory birds, fish and flora adapted to the saline conditions. Exploring the Po Delta can take place in different ways. Cycle tourism enthusiasts can follow the cycle paths that cross the region, enjoying breathtaking views.

Rovigo: an extraordinary starting base

Rovigo, in addition to being a unique city, worth exploring, also opens the doors to many excursions and allows you to visit many nearby cities such as Ferrara, Padua and Venice . Precisely for these reasons it may be really advisable to book an apartment online without wasting time which really allows you to have the time and freedom to discover the Veneto in all its wonder.


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