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Porto Viro

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Porto Viro

Born from the fusion of two towns, Donada and Contarina, Porto Viro is one of the most important towns of the Veneto Regional Park of the Po Delta.  Its territory is surrounded by the waters of the Po di Venezia and the Po di Maistra to the south, the Collettore Padovano to the west and the Po di Levante to the north.  To the east there are a series of fishing valleys and several lagoons which separate the area from the Adriatic Sea.  The first indications of local history can be traced back to the ancient Veneti, the Greeks and the Romans who built Septem Maria here, a trading post along the Popilla road, the road which connected Rimini to Aquileia.  The current shape of the territory was determined by the “taglio di Porto Viro”, the great work of hydraulic engineering that the Venetians realized between 1600 and 1604.  Subsequently several noble Venetian families settled here: the Contarini, the Donà, the Pisani, the Cappello, the Pesaro and others which by building their manor houses originated several villages that even today, in their names, testify the link with the Serenissima.

The economic structure of Porto Viro is diversified.  In fact, besides the driving sectors of agriculture and fishing, there are also other important industries such as shipbuilding and a dense network of commercial and handicraft businesses.  With the establishment of the Po Delta Park new impetus has been given to the promotion and preservation of the territory in which one may find real gems of nature such as the Via delle Valli (road of valleys), Po di Maistra and the oasis of Ca’ Pisani, as well as singular examples of Venetian architecture and a series of carefully restored historical water-scooping plants, which testify the hard work of man to make these lands inhabitable.  The history and traditions of country life are collected in the Museum della Corte di Ca’ Capello, while in the small Honey Museum of Ca’ Capellino, one may learn about the making of this typical product.  The events that animate the town include the Mostra Mercato del Tartufo del Delta del Po (truffle show and market) held in April, the Nautical exhibition and trade fair in June, the Honey Festival in September and the Christmas Market in December.