National Archaeological Museum of Adria
The territory of the Po River and its Delta over the centuries and millennia served as a scenario for the greatest European civilizations; civilizations attracted by the great resources, which offered to its guests the main door to access northern Italy, allowed to those who lived there a quick possibility of moving through its waterways. Crossed by the Via Popilia which connected Rome to Acquileia, it was a fundamental crossroads from the Greek – Etruscan period up to the present day, where the history of symbiosis between Man and Nature is still at the basis of the citizens.
For the great enhancement of the ecosystem, its protection and for the adoption of sustainable development strategies
The first historical poles of the territory of the Po River and its Delta were precisely those towns that in the past centuries have represented the strategic centers for relations with the territory. The most important in the commercial and cultural exchange crossroads were undoubtedly the towns of Adria and Loreo. Their strategic position in directly contact with the navigation routes have allowed the development of a thriving and active culture influenced by Etruscan, Greek and Roman ideas. Today those ancient ideas are still clearly visible, the Archaeological Museum of Adria will allow you to discover the depths of the ancient history of the territory of the Po River and its Delta.
City of Loreo
The Museum of Bonifica
The Regional Museum of Bonifica in Ca ‘Vendramin is the place where one can best understand the interaction between man and the environment in the Po Delta. The water system from the early ‘900s, the pivot on which rotated the great enterprise of the reclamation of the island of Ariano, was decommissioned in the mid ’60s due to subsidence.
Inside there are no display cases and archaeological findings, but the boilers, the steam pumps, the electrical cabin, the workshop tools and a beautiful exhibition that tells in an extensive and timely way the effort and ingenuity of man in the transformation of the Delta landscape that transformed desolate and uncultivated lands into fertile and hospitable lands.
The San Basilio Cultural Tourist Center houses artifacts found during the archaeological excavations carried out in San Basilio between the end of the ’70s and the beginning of the ’80s and exhibited in three display cases. In addition to these, a precious sarcophagus, some amphorae and a series of panels tell in a simple way the evolution of the Po Delta and the rich history of this village which is a real concentration of history. A millenary Roman-style church and, not far away, the open archaeological excavations enrich the village of San Basilio, which thus becomes an interesting crossroads for cycling itineraries, river excursions or thematic routes, also due to the presence of fossil dunes and residues of the dune belt is a testimony of the ancient coastline.
Church of San Basilio