Rovigo Travel Guide

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Rovigo Things to Do

  • Chiesa del Cristo

    The Chiesa del Cristo, whose full name should be Oratorio della Santissima Concezione lies where the first Franciscan church of the town was built in the middle of the 13th century. The tradition says that the Saint has been praying there one night while he was passing across Rovigo.The church you see today was widened and partly rebuilt from the...

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  • Ghetto

    In the beginning of the 17th century, by the order of Pope, the city of Rovigo has built the Jewish ghetto, right in the central part of the town. It was completely isolated and the big wall was constructed around it, almost as an fortificated quarter. The Podesta of Rovigo didn't want Jewish culture and tradition to be mixed with the catholics....

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  • Piazza Garibaldi

    Piazza Garibaldi is the second largest square of Rovigo, smaller then Piazza Vittorio Emanuelle II, but to me it is more charming. There is nice cafe-bar in the square, right opposite to the Camera di Commercio, offering perfect espresso. Too bad for me, the equestrian statue of Garibaldi was under the reconstruction works and I missed to make nice...

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  • Palazzo Roverella - Temporary...

    Current exhibition"Il successo italiano a Parigi negli anni dell'impressionismo: la Maison Goupil" More info hereFuture exhibitionNone planned.Past exhibitionsThe exhibition that inaugurated Palazzo Roverella as a museum seat after its renovation was Le meraviglie della pittura tra Venezia e Ferrara ("Wonders of painting between Venezia and...

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  • Il Campanile della La Rotonda

    The bell tower of Madonna del Soccorso is self standing as 57m. It is project of great Venetian architect Mishele Sanmicheli (1484-1559) who was predominantly military architect, but healso designed some of the most beautiful Renaissance palaces all over Italy. His bell tower is of exceptional beauty.

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  • Madonna del Soccorso - La Rotonda

    Madonna del Soccorso, coloquially called La Rotonda, was built between 1594 and 1606 by Francesco Zamberlan di Bassano, a pupil of great Andrea Palladio. It has octagonal plan surrounded by a portico, very unusual for the sacral object. The walls of interior are wholly covered by the paintings by Francesco Maffei, Andrea Celesti, Pietro Vecchia and...

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  • San Bartolomeo Apostolo

    The complex of San Bartolomeo Apostolo, better known as San Bortolo, was founded in 1255 by order of Umiliati which completely disappeared after 1436. In 1474 the noble family of Roverella invited Olivetani monks to settle down in abandoned convent. Olivetani have demolished the old structure and commissioned famous Ferrarese architect Biagio...

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  • Palazzo Roverella

    Cardinal Bartolomeo di Roverella spearheadeded the construction of a majestic palace in the main square of Rovigo in 1474 to celebrate the great prestige of family Roverella. They suspended construction in 1477 after the death of the cardinal and resumed some years later with many changes in the project.The architect's name is unknown, but young...

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  • Castello

    The castle of Rovigo already existed in the 10th century, according to a bull by Pope John X and a deed of gift dating of 6th December 955, that ended up with the words actvm in castro Rhodigo feliciter.The castle belonged to the bishops. In 1138, Bishop Florio Cattaneo had the town surrounded with new one-mile long walls. These walls had four...

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  • Beata Vergine del Soccorso (la Rotonda)...

    Tempio della Beata Vergine del Soccorso ("Temple of the Blessed Virgin of Assistance") is commonly known as la Rotonda, "the Rotunda", for its central plan (this means it can be inscribed into a circle). It is the best Baroque church and the most known monument of Rovigo.The construction of the church was started by the Bishop of Adria, Lorenzo...

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  • Due Torri

    Here are the most famous monuments of Rovigo: two medieval towers (Due Torri), once part of the castle, built before the 10th century. The higher one (50 metres) is named Torre Donà and the lower one Torre Grimani. They are located in the public gardens, in the Corso del Popolo (the main street of Rovigo), but the gardens are not as beautiful....

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  • Duomo - overview

    It is sometimes hard for us to believe that our duomo is not a cathedral, but only a co-cathedral! In most Italian cities and towns that are capitals of a province, the duomo is the cathedral, i.e. the bishop's seat, but not in Rovigo. The bishop has had his seat in Adria, the second largest town in Polésine, since the 10th century. Anyway...The...

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  • Palazzo Nodari - the facade

    The Loggia dei Notai ("Lawyers' loggia"), better known under the Venetian name of Palazzo Nodari should have been built in 1428-29 or, in any case, at the beginning of the XV century. Behind the facade, which was remade along the following century, there is a hall where lawyers used to work, that has given the palace its current name.The Virgin...

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  • Gran Guardia

    Formerly called Corpo di Guardia, it is located on a corner of the square. It was built by Venetian Tommaso Meduna in 1854. The freize on the top of the façade (fourth picture) symbolizes the province of Polésine bordered by the Adige and the Po. Above the attic there was the Austrian two-headed eagle, replaced with the Savoyard coat of arms in...

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  • Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II

    Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II, commonly referred to as "Piazza Vittorio" is the most famous square of Rovigo and it has been for centuries the centre of the political, economical and cultural life of the town. It is surrounded on three sides by beautiful palaces that have always had a great relevance:- Palazzo Nodari, seat of the city hall;- Palazzo...

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Rovigo Restaurants

  • The best place for local food

    Osteria "Ai Trani" is my favourite local restaurant in Rovigo so far.All the recipes on the menu are typical for Rovigo and Veneto region. Prices are a little higher than at "La Taverna" restaurant, but everything else is better: from furnishing to the kindness of the owner (a blond woman who enjoys talking with clients), to the way dishes are...

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  • Best for traditional food

    "La Bice" is a historical restaurant in Rovigo, since it was already there when my grand-father was young.At that time, it offered local food at cheap price, while now it has become a trendy place for those who like traditional dishes without minding the price. As a matter of facts, "bice." is more expensive than other restaurants in the town...

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  • A fresh, coloured pizzeria

    Ristopizzeria "Girasole" works mostly as a take-away pizzeria, but it also has a few tables where you can sit and eat your pizza.You choose your meal from a long and coloured list of dishes with attracting names, including pizzas, piadinas, fried fish and more.The only downside is the plastic cutlery that easily breaks into pieces. I had a pizza...

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Rovigo Transportation

  • Don't rely on buses...

    Rovigo is a small town and, if you come here as a tourist, you may not need to use the bus. However, if you need to take it, be aware that the service is bad: the most important line (number 1 and 1/, they take you to the train station or the hospital) runs every 30 mins approximately, the other lines, every 40 or 60 mins.

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  • Moving across the province

    If you want to visit the province of Rovigo (called Polésine), you can use autocars that cover all the territory, although they are not very frequent. All of them leave from the bus station in Piazzale Cervi, opposite to the railway station. This should be a provisional location, since it lies in front of a church and it is not well accessible with...

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  • Train is the most efficient way

    Train is the most efficient way to reach Rovigo. There are direct connections with Venezia (approximately one every hour), Bologna (the same), Verona (6/7 connections on working days) and Chioggia, on the Adriatic Sea (the same frequence as Verona).Trains on the Venezia-Bologna line are relatively fast (average speed: 70-80 kms/h) while trains on...

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Rovigo Shopping

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    by grayfo Updated Feb 16, 2008

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    Rovigo has a market, this one was being held on a Thursday, not sure if this is a regular event but it was quite large with a good selection of products being sold.

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Rovigo Local Customs

  • Teatro Sociale

    Teatro Sociale, designed by the architect Sante Baseggio and the painter Nicolo Pellandi, was built in 1819. It has neo-Classical facade, there are stalls inside, five rows of boxes and a big stage. A fire destroyed the theatre in 1902 but after two years it was rebuilt identical. In its rich history Teatro Sociale entertained many world famous...

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  • Asilo "Principe di Napoli"

    The Prince of Naples crèche (or "maternal school" as we call them in Italy) is the oldest crèche in Rovigo. It was already there when my grandfather was young, so it has quite a long history.I think this is a beautiful location for a school, since it lies in a quiet street and has some trees too, as you can see.

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  • Giovanni Miani, an unknown major...

    When you come to Rovigo, try asking anyone: "Tell me something about Giovanni Miani, please". You will likely get no answer. Personally, before thinking of writing this tip, I just knew he was a famous son of Rovigo who explored some part of Africa, but nothing more. And I guess most of my fellow-citizens don't even know that. So, here is some news...

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Rovigo What to Pack

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    by Mikebond Updated Jul 12, 2009

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    Miscellaneous: If you can read some Italian, you should buy the guidebook Rovigo e provincia published by Touring Club Italiano in 2009. It covers thoroughly the town and all the province and represents a great improvement in comparison with the guidebook Veneto, where only few pages are dedicated to this land.

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Rovigo Off The Beaten Path

  • Recreational centre for aged artists

    Thanks to a Couchsurfing guest, I found this recreational centre for aged artists in May 2013, after living in Rovigo for 30 years!It is located in old factory buildings behind Piazza Matteotti, and it was an interesting discover, because some of the art works exhibited there are rather beautiful.

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  • Time for a pleasant walk along our...

    Like many other towns and cities in Veneto, Rovigo did have its own river flowing in the middle of the town: the Adigetto (little Adige, as it detaches from the Adige, Italy's second longest river).Sadly, in the first half of the 20th century, its flow was diverted in order to build today's most important street in Rovigo, i.e. Corso del...

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  • Chiesa del Cristo

    Chiesa del Christo - Oratorio della S.S. Consezione is one of the older sacral object in Polesine. According to the legend it was founded by San Francesco in 1213, and in 1223 it became chapel of the Franciscan Convent. The actual church were enlarged in 1650. As for the interiors it is still 15th century styled with three naves divided by columns...

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Rovigo Favorites

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    by grayfo Written Feb 11, 2008

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    Favorite thing: The town was founded by the Romans but may have had its origins going back as far as the 6th century BC. First mentioned as Rodigo in a document from Ravenna in 838 the town was ruled by the house of Este until it passed to Venice in 1482 and then to Austria in 1797. Rovigo was annexed to Italy in 1866.

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