"Rovigo, the "town of roses"" Rovigo by Mikebond

Rovigo Travel Guide: 65 reviews and 205 photos

Rovigo is the capital town of its province, also known as Polésine, which is located between the rivers Adige and Po, thus often compared to Mesopotamia (that means "the land between the rivers"). It's the southernmost province of Veneto and also the most forgotten one, even if it is a leader in the agricultural field.

Rovigo has an ancient origin. The town was founded by the Romans, who called it Rhodigium, but the area has been inhabited since 6th century BC. Renaissance poet Lodovico Ariosto called it "the town of roses" in his poem Orlando furioso; he thought the Latin name Rhodigium came from Greek rhodon, i.e. "rose":

Come la terra, il cui produr di rose
le diè piacevol nome in greche voci,

that could be translated as:

"Like the land whose rose raising
gave it a pleasant name in Greek words"

(canto 3, octave 41)

Sadly, the poet was wrong, but the epithet "town of roses" remained.

Nowadays, Rovigo has lost much of its importance and of its charme because it has never had a strong political class at the town and provincial level, but something has started improving in the last years. It offers to tourists less than the other towns and cities of Veneto (in terms of organisation, tourist facilities, public transport, etc.) and lying so close to important cities like Padova, Venezia or Ferrara is a disadvantage, for many tourists don't stop here.
However, there are several worth seeing attractions: two medieval towers (parts of the walls, destroyed during the war), beautiful churches, an important library, a Fine Arts museum at Palazzo Roverella and a unique ethnographic Museo dei Grandi Fiumi ("Museum of the big rivers"), about the history of this particular region between the Adige and the Po, the rivers that have always deeply influenced the history of Rovigo.
We desperately need tourists! Do stop in Rovigo and visit it!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:it has a long history and a lot of monuments
  • Cons:it's quite boring for young people and offers few facilities to tourists
  • In a nutshell:an ideal town for aged people, not for the young
  • Intro Updated Jul 15, 2012
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  • mallyak's Profile Photo
    Oct 5, 2011 at 1:51 PM

    You live in a veryt preety town!much like some of the small towns we visited in italy.

  • joiwatani's Profile Photo
    May 6, 2010 at 9:28 PM

    Great job!!!

  • alza's Profile Photo
    Sep 9, 2009 at 2:18 PM

    La Rotonda: would love to see Palladio's influence on Zamberlan, with scaffolds down :) Very interesting update. Tks so much for all this!

  • german_eagle's Profile Photo
    Sep 6, 2009 at 3:44 AM

    Beautiful town! Definitely deserves more attention from tourists. Why do young people not go to the Theatre? According to my guide book the seat of the bishop was transferred from Adria to Rovigo in the 10th century.

  • icunme's Profile Photo
    Aug 27, 2009 at 2:09 AM

    Hi Mike - hope you have had a lovely summer! I am just about fried here in bella Roma - headed for the Castelli Romani to cool off a bit! Ciao, Carol <(•¿•)>

  • Pinat's Profile Photo
    Jul 9, 2009 at 2:28 AM

    So I added Rovigo to my unvisited Italian cities list right below Gubbio and Verona. I hope to stop by for a few hours to see the city and have a cappuccino in El Cogheto.

  • Arkeolog's Profile Photo
    Mar 30, 2009 at 7:39 AM

    Hi Michele, it's a great page here on Rovigo. I liked your tips and photos. greetings from Istanbul.

  • nicolaitan's Profile Photo
    Dec 5, 2008 at 6:57 AM

    great presentation of your home town, which i had never heard of. every city in italy has so much to offer, always amazes me. would love to see inside pictures of the Rotunda. thanks for this enjoyable reading with nice photos. n.

  • Vanity666's Profile Photo
    Nov 28, 2008 at 12:16 AM

    Rovigo seems likea really nice place to live. I especially like Due Torri and Castelo, I love medieaval towers and castles. Thanx for sharing it with us. Respect. Marko

  • cpiers47's Profile Photo
    Oct 28, 2008 at 10:49 AM

    Mike - Thanks so much or stopping by my Florence page. I agree that it gets much of its present attention because of its past but us Americans have such a young country that we love the idea... I've enjoyed getting to see Rovigo through your eyes!

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