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City walk through Rovigo

The most beautiful attractions in Rovigo on a city walk

Although Rovigo seems small and uninteresting at first glance, it is definitely worth passing through here to make a short stopover. The sense of history in the beautiful historic quarter makes a small walking tour through Rovigo  a very special experience. Rovigo is also home to a famous Pinacoteca at the Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II, with one of the largest collections of paintings in Veneto and the small city can wow its visitors with other attractions as well. Reason enough to take a little walk through the city.

Short city walk through Rovigo

Depending on your mood you can extend the proposed ZAINOO walking tour of Rovigo at will or shorten it if needed. You should leave about 2 hours in order to enjoy a brief tour programme without rushing through the city. Apart from the art gallery in the Palazzo Roverella there are no entrance fees to pay in this tour.

  • It is best to start at the Piazza Matteotti, where you can already see the Torre Donà, the two tall towers of the medieval fortifications.
  • A few metres further you can see the massive brick-built cathedral of Santo Stefano, the facade of which looks almost like a conventional building.
  • From the cathedral, cross the Corso del Popolo and enter the central square of Rovigo – the Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II with its beautiful palaces.
  • A visit to the Palazzo Roverella, located directly on the Piazza is worth a visit. Its Pinacoteca houses one of the best collections of paintings in Veneto.
  • At its bottom end, the Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II leads into the the Piazza Garibaldi, where you can see the remains of the demolished church of Santa Giustina on the ground.
  • A little further along the Via Silvestri you come to the church of San Francesco from where you can reach the Piazza XX Settembre.
  • Definitely worth a visit here is the strange-looking octagonal church of Beata Vergine del Soccorso, also known as La Rotonda, which rises directly on the Piazza.
  • After visiting the church it is advisable to walk back to the Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II and to end your city walk through Rovigo in one of the nice outdoor cafes.

After this short city tour of Rovigo you will have enough time to stroll around the city or visit the Museo dei Grandi Fiumi just south of the centre with its exhibition of life in the Polesine region.

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