Saturday, December 10, 2011

Comacchio, The Small Venice

Comacchio is the most original and fascinating historical center of the mouth of the Po river. Its history is inextricably linked to the flourishing of activities such as fishing, lagoon fish breeding, processing of sugar cane and the production of salt, which is still well developed. Its hallmark is the Trepponti bridge in addition to other important monuments such as the San Cassiano cathedral, the Portico of the Capuchins and the ancient Sanctuary of Santa Maria in Aula Regia.

Comacchio is also called the small Venice, because the city was founded on the canals of the mouth of Po River Park, famous for the Lidi of Comacchio, which are very busy in summer.
But apart from the sea and the beauty of Emilia Romagna near Ferrara, Comacchio is a town to be discovered, even while surfing through the canals of the islands that comprise it.

Places of interest
Trepponti - This is the symbol of Comacchio, five large staircase on the channels that accommodate the passing tourists.

Bellini Building - This building is located near the Bridge of Sbirri and is a large building that houses the Art Gallery and many temporary exhibitions

Cathedral of Comacchio - In Piazza XX Settembre, is the Cathedral of St. Cassian, cathedral city

Clock Tower - This tower is one of the main monuments of the city and is located in the beautiful Piazza Ugo Bassi

Excursions and tours
There are many possible itineraries and excursions in Comacchio, but one that I recommend is the boat ride on the "Batana" (typical boats of the area). To take advantage of this free service, you must go to the docks in front of the old fish market.
Do not forget the itineraries of Comacchio on foot, by bicycle or by boat ride on the Po mouth.

Another important excursion that you have to take into consideration is the former saline extraction facilities. Large portions of salt lagoon that were abandoned and are now the safe landing for a community of hundreds Flamingos. These spectacular birds started populating the area after all salt extraction work ceased, which gave the area the deep serene and quiet character that Flamingos need to live and thrive.

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