The Polesine is a particular territory in the north-east of Italy, which only recently has been rediscovered and appreciated by adventurous nature lovers. Its territory extends from the province of Rovigo, from the lower flow of the river Po and the river Adige, to the Adriatic Sea. This long and narrow strip of land is crossed by a dense network of waterways and reclaimed areas. Its name originates from the Venetian dialect and means, indeed, “swampy land”.
A bit history about the Polesine area
Only since 1802, when the Italian borders with Austria were moved over the river Adige, the Polesine area joined the Kingdom of Italy, after many vicissitudes due to international treaties. The Rovigo district assumes its territorial identity only in 1851, when the river Po delta passed by the Province of Venice to the Province of Rovigo. Initially, not finding adequate resources or alternative channels of production, there was a strong migratory flow of population towards South America, even because of the frequent floods that often destroyed the surrounding areas (such as the historic flood in 1882 and the most recent one in 1951). Thanks to the territorial reclaim organized during the Fascist era, however, families of fishermen and farmers came gradually back to populate the territory and to mark it out.
All the activities to discover the territory
Peace, relax, contemplation of nature, but not only. Despite what we can imagine today, Polesine also offers many sports and outdoors hobbies, to discover a cultural and natural territory through an attentive and respectful tourism. There are many routes to go, riding a bike or mountain bike, ranging from 16 km to 140 km, that run along the river, crossing some of the villages and the most picturesque places, like Melara, the Bergantino the church of San Giorgio, Polesella, the Golena Quarti and many other jewels. All the Polesine greenways are accessible also by river, through the branches of the river Po, with boats and canoes, easily available for excursions. Do not underestimate also the trekking or jogging, to walk and scour all the bays, the valleys, the lagoons and shallows that characterized this land. Additionally, passions as bird watching and wildlife photography can definitely grow in this area, very rich in local fauna: terns, coots, flamingos, herons, egrets, swamp hawks, ducks of several species , wild geese, knights of Italy, couriers.
In the land of rivers and fishing, many culinary specialties are obviously characterized by fish and seafood. Delicious mussels, the famous ones from Scardovari, are called “the black gold of the Polesine”, the classic Saore, fried fish marinated with onion, oil, vinegar and a little sugar, the scallops, the sea garusoli, which are boiled, peeled, seasoned and put back inside the shell, cuttlefish stew with polenta, risotto alla Polesana, the sea-inlet grilled eel. But also land cultivation and farmers culture are well established, so that you can find every kind of cold-cuts, Italian salumi, produced directly in the countryside, and maybe accompanied with the typical bread of Loreo, a bread-cookie usually shaped like a Bussolà (a concentric bread ring that once the sailors put along the ropes of the boat and that were preserved for several months), and also with a characteristic glass of red wine from the Rovigo area.
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