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What to do in Comacchio, in Emilia Romagna?

Known as “Little Venice”, today we are going to visit Comacchio and fall in love with this beautiful city in Emilia Romagna. Specially prepared for you reader, a special list of the city's attractions!


What to do in Comacchio, in Emilia Romagna?

Comacchio is known as “Little Venice”. With its characteristic canals, the city is cultural, with an impressive charm and beautiful places! In the Emilia Romagna region, Comacchio is the kind of city that leaves a very special mark on our soul and heart. Let’s get to our special post of the day: What to do in Comacchio, in Emilia Romagna? Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patricia you make the trip of your dreams!!! Also: see our “Acommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!” 

Our Introduction

Comacchio is not a popular city, but today we are going to convince you to include it in your itinerary! The lagoon city is graceful and genuine, endowed with an immense vitality that is reflected in the respect for its own history and for the surrounding environment. The city reminds us of its proximity to the sea, with its impressive freshness and a light that seems to be magical and that floods urban spaces, enhancing the silent surfaces of the canals that surround it.

1) What to do in Comacchio, in Emilia Romagna? VISIT THE DEGLI SBIRRI BRIDGE

To start our tour, from Ponte degli Sbirri (“Brigde of the Cops”) you can enjoy the most beautiful view: on one side, the ancient Ospedale Degli Innfermi (“Hospital for the Sick”), on the other, Bellini Palace, built in the 19th century; we can also see the famous Trepponti, symbol of Comacchio.

2) What to do in Comacchio, in Emilia Romagna? VISIT THE SHRINE

From the Capuchin archway, which takes us to the Shrine of Saint Mary in Aula Regia, we reach the ancient Manifattura dei Marinati, perfectly restored and working. There you can visit the Sala dei fuochi, where there are 12 fireplaces for cooking, on a skewer, the fished eels. A “living” witness to Comacchio’s maritime activity is the Antica Pescheria, a beautiful 17th-century building that now houses a daily fishing market.

3) What to do in Comacchio, in Emilia Romagna? VISIT THE CATHEDRAL, THE CLOCK TOWER AND THE MUSEUM

The city still has important historical buildings that include the old Cathedral of St Cassian, the Loggia del Grano and the Clock Tower. If you LOVE archeology, a must-see museum is the Delta Antico Museum, which finds its place in the imposing neoclassical architecture that presents us with a beautiful vision of this style.

4) What to do in Comacchio, in Emilia Romagna? VISIT OSPEDALE DEGLI INFERMI

The Ospedale Degli Innfermi (1771/1784) contains a rich heritage of the territory’s archaeological heritage: from the earliest evidence of protohistoric times to the Middle Ages. The precious cargo of Comacchio’s Roman ship is an authentic gem of the sea and is a cross section of the globalized world of the Roman Empire, which has been transferred to the museum with a new and very inviting facility.

5) What to do in Comacchio, in Emilia Romagna? VISIT VALLI DI COMACCHIO

In the late afternoon, when the sunset seems to paint the city with extraordinary effects, the naturalist site of Valli di Comacchio, south of the historic center, presents an atmosphere of great charm! It’s a unique sight! A historic motorboat trip allows you to capture the valley times through the Casoni and Tabarre, the tools for catching fish, and the incredible vegetation. The bird watching activities are very attractive and interesting, not to mention the feeling of peace that the moment offers us!

6) What to do in Comacchio, in Emilia Romagna? VISIT DELTA PO PARK

You can’t leave the city without taking a walk in the Delta Po Park, which surrounds Comacchio with an alternation of woods and ponds. Outside the built-up area there are the Comacchio valleys, which can be visited by bicycle or motorbike. To the north, the Bertuzzi Valley offers splendid views, but at sunset this landscape seems to come alive! The forests of Mesola and Santa Giustina are ideal for a fresh walk in nature after a day at the beach.

7) What to do in Comacchio, in Emilia Romagna? DISCOVER LOCAL GASTRONOMY

As already mentioned, eel cooked in a thousand ways triumphs on the table set in most of the restaurants that exist there. Savory starters with sauces, shrimp, clams and main dishes such as delicious seafood risottos and spaghetti with clam are worth mentioning. Finally, there is the delicious grilled eel accompanied by a creamy polenta, but there are also other fish such as mullet, lozenge, bream and filled cuttlefish. All washed down with the excellent D.O.C del Bosco Eliceo wines.

A little more about Comacchio

Built on the union of thirteen small islands (actually called coastal dune cords) formed by the intersection of the mouth of the Po di Primaro with the sea. The city had to guide its development both in terms of urban planning and economy, always based on the water element, which has always been the means of communication with external life. With its infinite natural beauty, Comacchio is considered the capital of the Po Delta Park. A small center that is born and lives between land and water and provides us with breathtaking landscapes. The best time to visit Comacchio is from April to mid-October, especially for those who love the flavors of seafood, because, on the first two weekends in October, the Eel Festival takes place in the city, with tastings and street concerts. Discover our section about The Best Periods to Travel!

The Etymology

The etymology of the name is uncertain, some say it comes from the Greek-Latin cumaculum and means “small wave”, or “grouping of bumps”, in Etruscan. The foundation of Comacchio is credited to the Etruscans, who were already established in the Po Delta; Comacchio was actually the Etruscan city of Spina and was later renamed with its current name.

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What to do in Comacchio, in Emilia Romagna? Comacchio is a splendor and offers us so many beauties that it is difficult to choose only one! For those who love nature, history, art and culture, this is the right destination: you will love the city and it will have a very special place in your heart!

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