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Calto

Located along the left bank of the Po, Calto has the smallest population of all the towns of the Polesine yet it is one of the most interesting for those who love cycling and walking along the river banks and here one may enjoy scenes of rare beauty.  The scholar Costantino Munari, a doctor of philosophy, civil law, canon law and medicine, was born and died here.  He adhered to the Carbonari movement and was arrested and sentenced to death by the Austrians, living out his sentence in the maximum security prison of Spielberg together with Silvio Pellico. 

As well as his late seventeenth-century residence, one may see other buildings such as Villa Fioravanti, today, Roveri, probably from the Estensi era and Villa Riminaldi, today home to the town hall.  The area in front of the building which today serves as the town’s square, was once part of the villa’s land.  One may note also, the parish church of St. Rocco Confessore, the patron saint of the town commemorated on 16 August with the traditional Fiera di S. Rocco.  On the bank overlooking the town, there is a scenic flood-plain oasis with areas equipped with barbecues where one may stop for a rest.  Among the typical products worth mentioning are “Pinzin”, pieces of fried bread dough, and “Tirot”, oven baked onion bread.