Moving to the Adriatic Coast you find Comacchio, which once was surrounded by lagoons. Nowadays it is the centre of a fertile plain, the result of a reclamation in the 20th Century. Its old town centre has preserved its original appearance, crossed by a network of canals that still characterize it as a lagoon city.
The economy of Comacchio revolves around its valleys and the sea: fishing and its touristic and natural resources are very important.
The extended seaside resorts in the Lidi di Comacchio, at the edge of the Po Delta Park, are one of the greatest tourist attractions of the Adriatic, where an extraordinary environment is combined with high quality hospitality.
Comacchio, called the “little Venice”, has very old origins, was built in the Middle Ages on thirteen islands and founded exclusively on its urban and economic development. Fishing and salt production were the source of its prosperity.
Nowadays Comacchio still remains a city with unique architectural characteristics, inhabited by people proud of their origins, a city of canals, palaces and monumental bridges.
The Trepponti Bridge is a symbol of the city: from this bridge the inland waters are distributed by a dense network of canals, along which low and colorful houses, and the rows of boats from various dimensions are reflected.
It is possible to visit the city centre for free by the typical boats called "batane”. The ride starts from the Trepponti Bridge, in front of the Old Fish Market, and heads to the neighbor Ponte degli Sbirri bridge (called also Ponte delle Carceri).
Palazzo Bellini stands next to it: a typical example of nineteenth-century aristocratic artifact, home to an important and powerful family. Now it is the headquarter of the historical archive and the town library. In its rooms there is the Modern Art Gallery, which annually hosts national shows and exhibitions. Near Palazzo Bellini there is the Ancient Delta Museum, which exposes also the precious material found in 1981 aboard a roman ship dating from the first century BC.
In front of Palazzo Bellini you can see the majestic eighteenth-century Old Hospital San Camillo. In 1970 it ceased its activities and it is going to become, in the next future, the Museum of the Human Cultures of the Po Delta. Going towards the heart of the city, we find the Clock Tower and, next, the Loggia dei Mercanti, built in 1621 as grain storage for the city's poor people.
Continuing to the west you get to the San Cassiano Dome, named after the patron of the city, with its bell tower. The central Via Mazzini leads then to the wonderful Loggia dei Cappuccini: 142 arches supported by four columns of marble. The porch is just behind the Sanctuary of the Aula Regia, whose first documents date back to the tenth century.
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