The path of the ancient wall

A journey into the past

The origin of Rovigo’s city wall is not completely clear. It is certainly known that it was finished in the first decades of the 14 th century. The pentagonal-shaped wall featured three gates with a tower:
  • S. Giovanni (demolished in 1853);
  • S. Bartolomeo and Arquà (demolished in 1845);
  • and a pedestrian gate near the castle, the so-called Portello (demolished in 1851).
Today, all that remains of the original city wall are:
  • Torre (tower) Pighin;
  • Porta (gate) S. Bartolomeo;
  • Porta (gate) S. Agostino and some parts included and/or hidden by new buildings.

It is possible to trace a path where you can see some of the remains of the ancient wall.
Starting from the Castle, cross Corso del Popolo (formerly Adigetto) and proceed in the direction of via Mure S. Giuseppe; at the end of it, turn left into Viale Trieste; proceeding to the right as far as Vicolo Longhena you enter piazza XX Settembre, where there is the Rotonda.

Proceed left, you reach via Bortoloni, from which you access via Boscolo towards piazza Merlin (Porta S. Bartolomeo), move on along via Ponte della Roda, via Pighin, via Mure dell'Ospedale until you reach via Badaloni, from where turning right, you get to via del Sacro Cuore which goes on until Piazza Tien An Men, from there follow via Grimani back to the Castle.

  • Walking time: approximately 60 minutes
  • Time by bike: approximately 25 minutes.


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