Rovigo is the main town of the lowland called Polesine, between the rivers Adige and Po, and the Adriatic Sea. The town itself lies between the rivers Adige and the canal “Canal Bianco” which connects Adige and Po. Rovigo is halfway between Padova and Ferrara and very close to the hills known as Colli Euganei between the provinces of Padova and Vicenza.
The history of Rovigo, the town’s name and its origin, are still unclear. Its latin name Rhodigium appeared for the first time in a document dated April 24th 838. It is known that ancient Venetic people (called Paleoveneti) lived in this area and it is also known the passage of the Romans since the town is close to old imperial routes that connected the ancient Rome to the northeastern provinces of the Roman Empire. Nearby town of Adria was an important port at that time. In the year 920 Rovigo became temporary residence for the Bishop of Adria after his town was devastated by the Hungarians. In Middle Age, Rovigo was called Rodigo, Rudi and Ruuigo which may refer to the germanic name of Hrodigo. However, according to some medieval scholars the name may derive from the greek rhodon ("rose"), hence the town’s nickname of Città delle Rose (City of Roses) as it was mentioned by Ludovico Ariosto in his poem Orlando Furioso.
Palazzo Roverella, Via Giuseppe Laurenti, 8/10 (next to Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II), ☎ Call Center: Tue-Fri 9.30 - 18.30; Sat 9.30 - 13.30 0425.460093 (email@example.com), . Mon-Fri: 9.00-19.00 Sat: 9.00-20.00 Sun: 9.00-20.00 Closed on mondays.. Palazzo Roverella is the heart of Rovigo’s culture. It hosts permanent and temporary exhibitions.edit
Pinacoteca dell'Accademia dei Concordi, Via Giuseppe Laurenti, 8/10 (at Palazzo Roverella), . One of the most important art collections of Veneto from the 15th to the 18th century. Originally it was housed in the Accademia dei Concordi di Rovigo and then moved to its new house of Palazzo Roverella.edit
Museo dei Grandi Fiumi (Museum of Great Rivers), Piazza San Bartolomeo, 18, ☎ 0425 25077 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Tue-Fri h.9,00 alle h.13,00, last admission one hour before closing; saturday and sunday: h.10,00 to h.13,00 and h.16,00 to h.19,00, last admission one hour before closing. Closed on mondays and following days: January 1st, Easter, August 15th, November 1st, November 26th, December 25th and 26th. The museum focuses on the archaeological, etnographical, cultural and environmental legacy of Polesine. The Great Rivers are Po and Adige which deeply shaped the geography and historical-cultural development of this area of region Veneto. edit
Tempio della Beata Vergine del Soccorso (La Rotonda), Piazza XX Settembre, n. 37, ☎ +39 0425.24914, . oct-mar mon-sat: 8.00-12.30 / 15.00-18.00 sun: 9.30-12.30 / 15.00-18.00; apr-sep mon-sat: 8.00-12.30 / 16.00-19.00 sun: 9.30-12.30 / 16.00-19.00. Construction began at the end of 16th century. The bell tower was completed only in 1774. Inside there are many beautiful works of venetian art.edit
Oratorio della Beata Vergine di Pompei (Chiesetta delle fosse), (intersection Via Nazario Sauro and Via Gorizia, Via Piave, Via Fiume and Via Domenico Piva). A small church dedicated to Madonna del Rosario. Built in early 20th century, even though it does not have great pieces of art it’s one of the most visited places by tourists and worshippers.edit
Rovigo is one of the cities where the italian rugby movement was born and developed. Rugby Rovigo is one of the most important italian teams and the whole city follows and support it with passion. The team was founded in 1935 by Davide Lanzoni, at the time a medicine student in Padova, when he brought in Rovigo an oval ball after a journey around England.
In the 1950’s thanks to Mario "Maci" Battaglini Rovigo won its first italian championships. Today the team is still one of the best in Italy.
You can attend the rugby matches at Stadio Comunale Mario Battaglini in Viale Alfieri, a few minutes walking from city centre.
Hotel Cristallo, Viale Porta Adige 1, ☎ +39 0425 30701 (email@example.com, fax: +39 0425 31083), . Best Western 3 stars hotel. The restaurant is well known.double from €60. edit
Hotel Capital, Viale Porta Adige 45 (Zona Fiera/Università), ☎ +39 0425-411583 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +39 0425-412748), . Close to city centre. Conference hall and restaurant.single: € 74 - Weekend: € 69; double: € 89 - Weekend: € 74; double for a single person: € 79 - Weekend: € 69. edit
Hotel Villa Regina Margherita, Viale Regina Margherita 6, ☎ +39 0425 361540 (email@example.com, fax: +39 0425 31301), . Elegant 4 stars hotel set in a early 20th century villa. Inside there’s the well-known restaurant “Le Betulle”.edit