The waters of the rivers Po and Adige almost embrace each other while the surreal atmosphere of the nearby Delta creates a quiet but classic character. This is Rovigo, the smallest province in Veneto at the heart of the Padana plateau.
The ancient Rhodigium, now Rovigo, was created as a bishop's estate, and its urban structure pays testament to its ancient high-medieval history. The civil and religious palaces meet in the centre of the town recalling the mark of the Most Serene Republic that ruled here from 15th to 18th century.
Among the civil buildings, there is the beautiful Palazzo Roncale, dating back to the 1500s, and the Palazzo dell'Accademia dei Concordi, containing two important picture galleries.
One of the most beautiful palaces in Rovigo is, without a doubt, Palazzo Vanezze. Built in 1715 by the polesano Agostino Ghiotti, there are typical ornamental Baroque patterns.
From medieval Rovigo, there are only the surviving remains of the castle walls (dated to around the 10th century) and two towers: the Torre Donà, one of the well-known symbols of the city, and the Torre Mozza.
The Sanctuary of the Beata Vergine del Soccorso, better known as la Rotonda, is a precious work by Zamberlano, while the bell tower was built on the design by Longhena. The Cathedral, after a long series of restoration works, now maintains its Baroque look, as a result of a makeover according to the plans of Frigimelica in 1696.
The monastery of S. Bartolomeo is located in one of the most charming corners of Rovigo. It is the home of the Civic Museum of Civilization in Polesine, which includes an abundance of archeological, natural, and ethnography documents. A fundamental source for those who wish to deepen their knowledge of the polesano environment from its origins.