Fratta Polesine

In this chapter we deal with an area rich in resources, important buildings and people who have marked the history: we are talking about Fratta Polesine.

Fratta Polesine is a small Italian town known for being the birthplace of Giacomo Matteotti (1885-1924), Italian politician, journalist and anti-fascist who denounced the electoral frauds implemented by the nascent dictatorship of Mussolini. The city, however, is famous above all for the marvelous Villa Badoer by the architect Andrea Palladio and recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Founded as a farm for the control and management of the land and as a summer resort, today it is a museum and an ideal place to carry out several events.

However, in these areas there were numerous other secular and ecclesiastical landowners, who had built their own funds long before the arrival of the Venetians. Thus, from the last arrivals, they had to settle for what they found, often buying faraway plots. But one day, the Badoers and the Morosinis took advantage of the vast work of reclamation in the Polesine and took possession of vast organized estates and thus transforming the villas as collectors of the surrounding agricultural production.

The villa is a triumph of sobriety and elegance that every year attracts tourists from all over the world. It is built on a stone base in order to protect it from any flooding of the rivers and to amplify the scenic impact. The laterally-built barchesses are reminiscent of the exedra-shaped arcades, which decorate Bernini's colonnade at San Pietro in Rome, instead of simple warehouses for collecting food. The images that fresco the walls of the various rooms, belong to a singular and accurate painting, and represent mythological and allegorical themes linked to the territory.

  • Info Villa Badoer
  • Place: Fratta Polesine - Rovigo
  • Address: via Giovanni tasso 3
  • Phone: 0425 386381
  • Timetables:
  • Saturday 10:00 - 1:30 to 3:00 - 7:00 pm
  • Sunday 10:00 - 1:30 to 3:00 - 7:00 pm

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