Museum of the Great Rivers of Rovigo
This museum is in the renovated Monastery of the Olivetans, by the church of St. Bartholomew. The Museum of the Great Rivers mainly houses archaeological finds which have been sourced almost exclusively from the Middle and Low Polesine. The finds record the history of Polesine from the Bronze Age to the Renaissance. The museum uses innovative technology to communicate with visitors. Exhibits are complemented with virtual reconstructions, depictions of the environment, dioramas and models. These allow visitors to take an imaginary tour of Polesine’s history. The Bronze Age artifacts were dug up in Larda di Gavello and Zanforlina di Pontecchio, or found in the Frattesina dig site (village and necropolis). The Iron Age (5th century BC) artifacts come from Balone, near Rovigo (village and necropolis), S. Cassiano (village) and from surface research done in Gavello. The roman artifact collections are also noteworthy. Many were found in a decade of digging (1990-2000) in the Gaiba and Ficarolo municipalities. Some material from the upper Polesine, which was found early in the past century, was recently given by the Archaeological Museum of Adria. The 14th -18th century ceramic collection is also interesting. These were sourced by research that began in 1965, in the middle-upper Polesine and in the urban area of Rovigo. The exhibits are ordered chronologically, with reconstructions of the anthropic and environmental evolution of Polesine. The Bronze Age reconstructions are of the settlements in Castelnov Bariano, Larda di Gavello, and Frattesina and Fratta Polsine. The Iron Age reconstructions are of the Ardia mainlad in the 6th-5th centuries BC (the rural settlement in S. Cassiano di Crespino, the Etruscan necropolis of Balone near Rovigo, the Gavello area). The Roman epoch is reconstructed with the anthropization of Polesine between the 2nd century BC and the 2nd century AD. Visitors may learn about the domestic, social, religious life of Polesine’s most ancient history, along with the contemporary European and Italian cultures.


Museo dei Grandi Fiumi
Piazzale S. Bartolomeo N° 18
45100 Rovigo

Tel. +39 0425 25077 – 28665  / Fax +39 0425 464546

Reservations and guided tours:
Ce.Di – Centro Didattica Beni Culturali e Ambientali
Tel. Fax +39 0425 21530

From Tuesday to Friday: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM / 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Closed on Mondays.

Open year-round, except on: January 1st, Easter, August 15th, November 1st and 26th, December 25th and 26th.

For groups of at least 15 people, the Museum may be open during closing hours. Reservations by phone must be made at least two days in advance.

Ticket Pricing

Full: 3.00€
Reduced: 1.50€ (groups of schoolchildren; groups of 20 people; groups of university students of ages 26 and under; visitors over 65; people who accompanied disabled people, youths enrolled in civil services; specific associations)
Free: children up to 6, people with disabilities.

The museum has an elevator, ramps, and toilets for people with disabilities. It has no architectural barriers.

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Picture Gallery of the Rovigo Concordi Academy and of the Episcopal Seminary (Pinacoteca dell’Accademia dei Concordi di Rovigo e del Seminario Vescovile)

The Picture Gallery of the Rovigo Concordi Academy and of the Episcopal Seminary is in the prestigious Roverella Palace, the 1400s house of the powerful cardinal Bartolomeo Roverella. The museum has two floors: the attic is made of exposed brick, while the main floor is decorated with late 1800s frescoes. The exhibition’s surface is of about 2000 square meters. The museum is involved in the artistic sector. It offers: guided tours; educational activities for schools of all types; interpretations of past and present artists; music and painting exhibitions. The paintings are mainly of the 14th to 18th century Venetian school (Giovanni Bellini; Giambattista Piazzetta; Giambattista Tiepolo). Paintings of the Ferrara school also present (by Dosso Dossi, Scarsellino), as are those of other Italian and foreign schools (by Giordano, Strozzi, Gossaert). A contemporary art exhibit was recently opened. The Picture gallery of the Episcopal Seminary has been present since 1982. Roverella Palace regularly hosts interesting temporary exhibits. The latest were:
September 17th 2016 – January 14th 2017
February 27th 2016 – June 5th 2016
Visionary painters of the short century 
February 14th – June 14th 2015
International drawing exhibition
October 1st 2014 – January 11th 2015

Palazzo Roverella
Via Laurenti, 8/10
45100 Rovigo

Tel. +39 0425.460093 / 0425 27991 – Fax +39 0425.27993
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From Tuesday to Sunday
9:30 – 12:30 and 15:00 to 19:00
Closed on Mondays that aren’t holidays, on New Year’s Eve, and on Christmas.

Ticket pricing
Admittance to the temporary exhibitions (estimate)
Full: € 11.00
Reduced: € 9.00

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Ptolemy Civic Planetary & Bazzan Astornomic Observatory

In the Planetarium the projector is in the middle of a dome with a diameter of 6 meters and a capacity of forty people. Over a thousand stars may be viewed, along with the five planets that are visible to the naked eye, the moon with its phases, and the sun with its apparent daily and yearly movements. Any observation point on Earth, from the South Pole to the North Pole (latitude-wise) may be simulated. Any season and age from antiquity to future millennia may also be simulated (axial precession). The fundamental circles of spherical astronomy and celestial coordinates may also be viewed.

The observatory is equipped with:
– A fixed-position telescope, which is used for astronomic photography and to observe deep-space objects (nebulas, galaxies, clusters, etc.) and a refractor telescope which is used to observe the planets and the moon.
– An equatorial mount setting with a computerized targeting system that automatically follows celestial objects.
– A Telescope for the observation of the Sun, with a filter for h-alpha band observation and adjustable etalon.
– “Rovigo 1” Radio telescope
– Kater Gravimeter.


Osservatorio Astronomico Bazzan di Sant’Apollinare
via Sinesio Cappello – Sant’Apollinare (RO)
cell. 340 7149909
Osservatorio dalle ore 21.00

Planetario Civico Tolomeo di Roverdicré
via Pozzato, 7 – Roverdicrè (RO)
tel. 348 0921002

The observatory is open to visitors:
Every Friday night, after 9.00 PM, with a guided tour, with no reservations.
With reservations for groups or schools, even during daytime, to observe the sun and to discuss astronomy.

Civic Planetary:
Free events, starting on October of 2015, on the first Saturday of the month at 9:00 PM and the third Sunday of the month at 4:00 PM

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