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The town that lent its name to the Adriatic sea

Located in the Po Delta, between Rovigo and the sea, Adria was the town that gave its name to the Adriatic Sea. In the VI century B.C. The Greeks and Etruscans used it as a gateway to the Po Valley and thus these two civilizations came into close contact with the Celtic-Venetian population. Today, tourists arriving at Adria see that there are two dominant colors in the landscape of this city: the blue of the canals and the green of the fertile fields. In between these two colors there is a small, pretty town whose symbol is the picturesque rivers, the perfect backdrop for quiet walks accompanied by the slow flow of water.

The center develops around the square of Piazza Garibaldi also known as the piazza of the "Castle", which is overlooked by the Old Cathedral, The Clock Building, which has this name because of the large clock built on the municipal building, and other historic buildings. The new Cathedral dedicated to Saint Peter and Saint Paul contains an impressive reproduction of the grotto of Lourdes.

The history of Adria can be seen in the rooms of the National Archeological Museum, which displays historical artifacts such as tools and ceramics from the Iron Age. Along the canals tourists will see the Teatro Comunale, which is worth visiting and that has had a calendar filled with interesting opera and drama presentations for almost a century. The antique Basilica Santa Maria Assunta della Tomba, whose construction dates back to the early Christian era, but looks as if it was built on a more remote pagan basilica.

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