64 – (ITA STAGE 16) – Monselice – Rovigo

Place of Departure MONSELICE
Place of Arrival ROVIGO
Length – KM
Nation of the route Italy
Region Veneto
Uphill Gap
23 m
Downhill Gap
27 m
CAI (Diff. Escurs.) E
Praticability  Foot



Stage 16 – Monselice-Rovigo – The stage is long, easy. The territory is crossed by canals and reclamation works. The territory has extensive agricultural crops as far as the eye can see.

From Monselice you go towards the old cathedral (Santa Giustina), where Via delle Sette Chiese begins. You arrive at the traffic lights on the SS 16. Then you go on the SP 5, taking a pedestrian path you reach via Vetta, a peripheral road with little traffic, but which requires some attention and which leads to the entrance of Pozzonovo, avoiding the various crossroads. Go up the A13 motorway overpass, go under the SR 104 and arrive at the SP 37 or via Marconi which leads to the town of Pozzonovo. Going out you arrive, after passing a canal, in Via Argine. The route continues along this road, once a real embankment, not very busy. You come across Bragadine and then San Luca. Continue until you reach the Gorzone canal, which is crossed; thus we reach Anguillara Veneta. Anguillara Veneta is an obligatory crossing point, having been a crossing point on the Adige river since the Middle Ages. The Anguillarese stretch of the Via Romea Germanica substantially corresponds to the ancient embankment of the Gorzon, well represented on the Map of the Gorzon Retract conserved in the Ethnographic Civic Museum of Stanghella (PD). Cross the Adige and walk on the right bank. You leave San Martino di Venezze and arrive in Boara Polesine (on the other side Boara Pisani). Once at the railway, take the cycle path that runs along the tracks. Then you cross a canal, via Lina Merlin, and arrive at the Rovigo railway station. From here you go to the center in Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II.

16 – Points of Interest

Pozzonovo – This territory is part of the lower Po Valley, formed in the Pleistocene period by the deposition of detritus (silt, sand, gravel and clay) carried by the Bacchiglione, Brenta and Adige Rivers. Starting from the 16th century, the works to reclaim the many swamps present in the territory began, with the aim of developing agriculture. After the collapse of the Venetian Republic and Napoleonic rule, Pozzonovo became an Austrian municipality. Worth seeing: Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (18th-20th century); Villa Centanini, formerly Polcastro (16th century), located in the town of Capolcastro; the Wildlife Park near the village of Stroppare.

Anguillara – Located on the left bank of the Adige River, in the middle of a fertile plain included in the reclamation plan carried out in the mid-16th century, it owes its name to the fishing of eels (“anguille” in Italian), which has been popular since the Early Middle Ages. Fief of the Da Carrara family, it was left to the “Arca del Santo di Padova” association, to which it has belonged for over 500 years. The town’s main asset today is not fishing but the growing of cereals and sweet potatoes, the latter a crop that has become typical of the area. To see: The “Pietà” or “Vesperbild” dating back to the 15th century, in the Oratorio del Capitello; the Parish Church of St. Andrew the Apostle (the building dates back to the beginning of the 20th century but with 18th-century furnishings); the Villa Arca del Santo (17th century).

Rovigo – The territory is completely flat, crossed by the Adigetto River and numerous artificial canals that serve both for hydraulic drainage and irrigation. The soil is very fertile, and particularly suitable for growing corn and quality horticultural products. The first stable settlements date back to the 2nd millennium B.C., in the Iron Age (6th and 5th centuries B.C.). A settlement linked to Etruscan Adria was active in the area of Rovigo, as documented by the necropolis of Balone. The House of Este was already present in Rovigo in 1117. The Republic of Venice, with the Salt War of 1482. Then it passed to the French, the Austrians, and then Italy. Since the 1950s and 1960s, Rovigo has seen remarkable development, both as a traditional agricultural market and as an industrial centre. Worth seeing: the Church of the Beata Vergine del Soccorso (known as “La Rotonda”), dating back to 1600; Piazza Garibaldi, which is overlooked by the Teatro Sociale (Social Theatre), from 1817, and the Silvestri Palace. Then there is Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II, overlooked by Roncale Palace (1550), the Loggia dei Notari and Roverella Palace (now a museum with works by Titian, Tintoretto, Tiepolo, Bellini). In addition: the Castle Towers, remains of the medieval fortification; Porta San Bortolo is the best preserved part of the city walls, renovated by the Venetians; the Museum of the Great Rivers promotes the historical heritage of Polesine, which stretches between the Po and Adige Rivers.

please, see the Official Guide of the Via Romea Germanica (

WARNING! in the wetlands of the plains provide yourself with products against mosquitoes
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Ho to arrive

From airport (VENEZIA, MILANO-ORIO, VERONA) to Padova FS Railway Station; from BOLOGNA to Monselice FS Railway Station TRAIN – ( Verona FS Railway Station –  Monselice FS Railway Station;  Bologna FS Railway Station-  Monselice FS Railway Station;  Venezia-Mestre FS Railway Station- Monselice FS Railway Station  

Where to eat

  Typical Dishes = Gambero Rosso Typical Dishes = Buonissimo Typical Dishes = Cucchiaio D’argento Typical Dishes = Zainoo
Via Roma,79 – 35022 ANGUILLARA VENETA
Via Cà Donà,100 – 45030 SAN MARTINO DI VENEZZE -RO
Via C.Colombo,5 – 35043 MONSELICE
Lidl Via Colombo,31 – 35043 MONSELICE      
Lidl Via Porta Po,68 – 45100 ROVIGO      
Hotel Cauccio viale Oroboni 41/50 , 45100 ROVIGO 0425-31639 / 320-0961982
Trattoria Al Corno piazzetta Appiotti, 13 – 45100 ROVIGO 0425-421284    
Hotel Petrarca via Roma, 90 – 35040 BOARA PISANI (PD) 0425-485176
Ristorante & Pizzeria  Taverna Piazza Merlin, 20 – 45100 ROVIGO 0425-21653    

Where to sleep

Bike Service

Braggion Silvio Viale Porta Adige,18 – 45100 ROVIGO 0425-33399    
Pivaro Giuseppe Via G.Mazzini,50 – 45100 ROVIGO 0425-21825    
B&B Cà Roman Vicolo Pierluigi da Palestrina,3 – 45100 ROVIGO 328-2151977  
Tekno Bike Via G.Mameli,1 – 45100 ROVIGO 0425-090329    
La Bicicletteria Via Statale,11 – 35048 STANGHELLA PD 0425-95701    

Pilgrim Service

Uffici I.A.T. – Provincia di Rovigo Viale della Pace, 5  – 45100 ROVIGO 0425 386290

Photos from the Track