Rovigo (Veneto): what to see


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What to see in Rovigo, itinerary including the main monuments and places of interest, including the Duomo, Palazzo Roverella, Torre Donà and Piazza Vittorio Emanuele.


Tourist information

City of Veneto, Rovigo is located in the heart of Polesine, between the Adige and the Po, in an area formed over the centuries with the accumulation of deposits of these two rivers, especially the Po.

The territory where Rovigo stands today, in the tenth century belonged to the Bishops of Adria, who built a castle there, later enlarged under the rule of the Este family.


The remains of walls and two towers of this ancient fortress are visible today, the Torre Donà, one of the highest medieval towers in Italy, and the Torre Grimani, also known as the Torre Torre.

One side of the Castle overlooked the Naviglio Adigetto, an underground waterway at the end of the 1930s, to create the current Corso del Popolo, which follows its path.

The historic center of Rovigo has beautiful Venetian palaces, including Palazzo Roncale and Palazzo Angeli and, as evidence of the Este period of the city, Palazzo Roverella, where the prestigious Pinacoteca dell'Accademia dei Concordi and the Episcopal Seminary is housed, as well as at important exhibition events.


What see

Palazzo Roverella is located in Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II, where you can also admire the Clock Tower, the Civic Tower and the Loggia dei Nodari, belonging to the homonymous building that houses the Town Hall.

A column in Istrian stone with the lion of San Marco, recalls the period in which the city belonged to the Republic of Venice, as the Estensi, who had been the Lords of Rovigo for almost three centuries, gave it to him in exchange for the debt repayment at the end of the Salt War, fought in the fifteenth century.

The Cathedral of Rovigo is dedicated to Santo Stefano Papa and Martire.


Of ancient foundation, the building was rebuilt towards the end of the seventeenth century.

Today it is presented on the outside with an unfinished facade and an eighteenth-century dome, while inside there are remarkable works of art.

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The Church of the Beata Vergine del Soccorso, nicknamed the Rotonda, built between the end of the sixteenth and the beginning of the seventeenth century, deserves to be visited, with the aim of preserving and honoring an image of the Madonna much venerated by the population.

With a regular octagonal plan, the temple was designed by Francesco Zamberlan, collaborator of Palladio, while the bell tower was designed by Baldassare Longhena.

Rovigo, Veneto, Italy, Europe (September 2022)


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