Public buildings

Top attractions

A must-see in Rovigo are the public buildings, built in the distant past they are now venues for exhibitions, shows and conferences. Tough renovated, they still preserve the architecture of the past.
Visit the public buildings of Rovigo.

New fishmonger

Corso del Popolo

Built between the 1870s and the 1880s, it was the first cast iron and glass building inspired by the eclectic taste of the turn of the century. The Pescheria Nuova is distinguished by its neo-Gothic facade, with a large portal and two pointed-arch windows beyond which is a spacious hall with a stained-glass ceiling, sustained by cast-iron columns and white marble counters which once contained the fresh fish. Today it is used for temporary exhibitions.

Praetorian Palace

Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi

Overlooking the north side of Piazza Garibaldi, there stands the ancient Palazzo Pretorio built at the end of the 15 th century as the residence of the Venetian podesta and the administrative and legal offices for the government of Polesine. In 1851 the Chamber of Commerce was established, leading to the ground floor being renovated and a reorganisation of rooms. In 1928 the Salone del Grano (the wheat room), by the engineers Pavarin and Silvestrin was inaugurated, with a large barrel vault of stained glass and mosaic floor.
Phone no: 0425 426411

The guardhouse building

Via Cesare Battisti

The Palazzo del Corpo di Guardia, now called the Gran Guardia, is an architectural structure dating back to the XIX century. Built-in 1854 by the Austrian Government, the Gran Guardia has five arches and six pillars crowned by helmets, armour and shields. The portico has become a site for homeland memories and commemorations, with the monuments to Domenico Angeli and Domenico Piva. The hall is now the site for exhibitions and conferences.

Loggia of Nodari

Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II

The site of the current city hall, it is named after the place where the notaries of Rovigo carried out their functions even before 1286. Next to the Loggia the Torre Civica (civic tower) stands out, commissioned by the Venetians as a symbol of the Serenissima's supremacy on the mainland. It was reconstructed in the second half of the 18 th century. The Loggia hosts important works of art and, since 1488, the bell of Rovigo's castle fortified tower.

Accademia dei Concordi

Piazza Vittorio Emanuele

Established in 1580 on the initiative of count Gaspare Campo, the Accademia dei Concordi is located in the Palace designed by the architect Sante Baseggio from Rovigo and completed in 1814. The Accademia is home to a library of roughly 300,000 books, pamphlets, incunables and a prestigious art gallery, now partly relocated to Palazzo Roverella, which includes masterpieces by Giambattista Tiepolo, Giovanni Bellini, Palma il Vecchio and Giovan Battista Piazzetta.


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