Athens of Polesine

The town of Lendinara is undoubtedly one of the most interesting centres in the province of Rovigo, enough to be called " Athens of Polesine ". It is also a pilgrimage destination. Among the most fascinating and suggestive sites are the Santuario della Beata Vergine del Pilastrello, (Sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin of the Pilastrello) and the Duomo di Santa Sofia (Cathedral of Santa Sofia), with its 92.5-meter-high bell tower, the second highest in Veneto and the ninth in Italy.

The centre of Lendinara is Piazza Risorgimento (square), where the Palazzo Pretorio (Pretorian Palace) and the prisons stand out. It was built by the end of the 14th century as a castle under the rule of Estensis and later used by Venetians as a prison.

Not far from the Palazzo Pretorio is the town hall of Lendinara, also built in the Estensis era.

The Teatro Ballarin (Ballarin Theatre) originally hosted the municipal warehouses in the 15th century and it was only in 1812 that it was converted into a theatre. It offers a rich prose season in autumn and winter. A small but rich museum dedicated to the Italian Renaissance is housed in the Palazzo Malmignati-Boldrin (Malmignati-Boldrin palace). Another place which is worth visiting is Palazzo Ca' Dolfin-Marchiori, evidence of the noble presence.




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