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Melara

The most westerly town of the Polesine is located on the stretch of land between the provinces of Mantua and Verona.  Its name, reminiscent of the production of honey (miele), was mentioned for this by Plinio il Vecchio in his “Naturalis Historia”.
The ancient origin of the place is documented by several archaeological findings at Mariconda, which bear witness to settlements dating back to the Iron Age.  The collection, on display in the Town Hall, is enriched by the furnishings of a roman burial site and other decorative items.

As well as the small private museums which illustrate the traditions of the area, the church of S. Materno is worth visiting where there is a curious contrast between the eighteenth century architecture designed by Vincenzo Santini and the bell tower of the 1400s belonging to a previous building.  The interior guards a mysterious Madonna del Lume donated to the church by a Mexican Jesuit and other works from the school of Tiepolo.  In order to admire the nearby river Po in all its splendour, one may take a walk or a ride along the narrow roads which follow the river bank, connecting it to the residential areas.  In August one should not miss the traditional pumpkin festival.  The event lasts ten days and one may sample the many pumpkin dishes, among which the delicious tortelli dressed with melted butter, sage and a generous handful of grana cheese.