Rovigo is the capital city of the eponymous province in the region of Veneto, Italy.
Loggia dei Nodari: the town hall and the tower in Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II, Rovigo’s main square.
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.
Nearest airports are Marco Polo Airport in Venice and Guglielmo Marconi Airport in Bologna, they’re both one hour driving from Rovigo.
Trains between Venice and Central/Southern Italy stop at Rovigo. The train station is very close to the city centre.
Autostrada A13 Padova - Bologna. Exit at Boara if you're coming from Padova. If you’re coming from Bologna or Ferrara you can also exit at Rovigo or Villamarzana - Rovigo sud.
There are bus lines connecting Rovigo to other nearby cities such as Venice, Padova, Ferrara and others. There are also lines connecting Rovigo and Milan.
The city centre is quite small and all its main features are at walking distance.
Beata Vergine del Soccorso or La Rotonda
- 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 protected]), . 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 ([email protected]), . 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.
The sports scene in Rovigo is evolving with presence of high levels of Taiji classes in Rovigo city partly contributed by Taiji exponent and teacher Valter C. who lives in Rovigo. He is also a connoisseur of Daoyin Yangshenggong. Taiji in Rovigo is a demonstration of international friendship and appreciation of cultures via the martial arts that gives tremendous physical, health and spiritual benefits to practitioners. You may get more information here.
- Ristorante Osteria Ai trani, Via Cavour, 30, ☎ +39 0425 25109 ([email protected]), . In city centre, good for aperitifs and/or dinner. edit
- Taverna del Pittore, via Nicolò Badaloni 25, ☎ +39 0425 423549, . Pizza, hams and great wines. edit
- Ristorante Al Postiglione, Via E. Marchioni, 34, ☎ +39 0425 21777, . Closed on tuesdays and saturday at lunch. Very good cuisine. edit
- Thun Caffè, Piazza Garibaldi, 2, ([email protected]). This is Rovigo's old "Bar Borsa", one of the oldest cafes in the heart of town. Since 2018 it's part of the Thun family. A good place to have a quick lunch. Try also their cakes, coffee and chocolate. edit
- Moby Dick Pub, Via Badaloni 82, ☎ +39 0425 073672. Irish pub. edit
- Badabeer, Via Badaloni 66, ☎ =39 333 498 1015. Pub edit
- Hotel Cristallo, Viale Porta Adige 1, ☎ +39 0425 30701 ([email protected], 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 ([email protected], 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 protected], 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
Rovigo is overall a safe place. Anyway, use your common sense.
Rovigo is in a very good position if you want to reach other cities in Veneto and near regions such as Emilia-Romagna and Lombardy. It’s halfway between Padova and Ferrara, close to the hills of Colli Euganei and the Regional Park of Po Delta. Verona, Mantova and Bologna can be reached by car in one hour.