Stage 17 – Rovigo- Polesella – Short and easy stage; cross the Polesine. To admire the reclamation works, the large cultivated spaces, the wetlands with their vegetation and birdlife.
In Rovigo we start from the Cathedral. The route goes towards the Adigetto, and you have to cross the canal and to walk along the right bank. Taking the bridge you take the left bank of the canal. Go under the ring road and continue as far as San Sisto, in front of a chapel. Further on, cross the Adigetto and change embankments which you leave by taking Via Argine Destro Adigetto as far as Via della Conciliazione, where you continue, also crossing the SP 4 (pay attention to traffic). You cross a canal on an old brick bridge, then you reach Sant’Apollinare, a village with a beautiful church and refreshment facilities. This leads to the bridge that crosses the Canal Bianco. Following the Po Valley-Polesano collector, you come to Borgo where you can take advantage of a cycle path. You go in line crossing Pontecchio Polesine up to Guarda Veneta, just below the left bank of the Po. Climbing the steps, going up the river, there is Polesella, where it is possible to find refreshments and overnight stays.
17- Points of Interest
Polesella – A settlement existed in this area in Roman times. However, the first land reclamation in Polesine took place in the Etruscan era, with the digging of the first drains, known at the time as ditches. The Etruscan and Roman efforts to claim the land from the swamps were thwarted by the Breach at Cucca in 589, which returned the whole of the Polesine and the valleys of the lower Veronese area to marshland again. The territory of the municipality of Polesella began to re-emerge around the 10th century. Until then, the area had been subject to the phenomenon of “polesini” (a characteristic that gave the whole area its name, “Polesine”, by definition); that is to say that occasionally some small islands of land managed to emerge from the marshes and allowed settlements, which, however, were of a temporary nature, due to the continuous flooding of the Po, the Bianco Canal and the Adige. The reorganization of the water supply at the time made it possible to limit the phenomenon of the Polesini, and led to the founding of the first permanent settlement, more or less corresponding to the present-day village of Raccano, at the time known as Orcano. It should be noted that, in that period, the main course of the Po was further south and ran through Ferrara. Also in this period, some stability was given to the course of the Fossa, which for centuries would characterize the center of Polesella (that is until the disastrous flood of November 1951). Worth seeing: The Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary of the Rosary (18th century), built in 1737 – now below street level, it must be reached via a staircase adorned with statues, and contains paintings from the Venetian school; The Church of the Nativity of Mary in the village of Raccano (10th-13th century); Grimani Palace (16th century) – of the original building commissioned by the Grimani family and attributed to Vincenzo Scamozzi, only a few traces remain, incorporated into more recent structures; Villa Armellini, also called “of the seven heads” (16th century), located in the present-day Via De Paoli; Villa (Ca’) Majer; Villa (Ca’) Morosini (16th-17th century).
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How to arrive
From airport (VENEZIA, MILANO-ORIO, VERONA) to Padova FS Railway Station; from BOLOGNA to Rovigo FS Railway Station
TRAIN – (www.trenitalia.com) Verona FS Railway Station- Rovigo FS Railway Station; Bologna FS Railway Station – Rovigo FS Railway Station; Venezia-Mestre FS Railway Station – Rovigo FS Railway Station