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Fratta Polesine



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Fratta Polesine

On arriving at Fratta, one is immediately dazzled by the elegant hexastyle pronaos of Villa Badoer which in summer is a venue for numerous dance, music and theatre shows. Here, Andrea Palladio undoubtedly left one of his most successful masterpieces in which beauty and utility are united in an incredible formal harmony. After having admired the frescoed rooms of the noble floor and the pleasant Italian garden, one must not miss a visit to the National Archaeological Museum housed in the barchessa of the villa. The exhibition illustrates the most ancient period of the history of Fratta when, in the Bronze Age, the centre was one of the most important stopping points of the ancient amber trail thanks to the presence of the Po di Adria on whose prehistoric riverbed, the villa was built. Along the two waterways that cross the town, one may see countless villas such as the little sister of Villa Badoer, Villa Molin Avezzù, designed by an apprentice of Palladio and almost a perfect copy of the Palladian Malcontenta di Mira. In 1818 the splendid hall of the villa was the venue for a banquet during which a group of young Carbonari toasted the downfall of the Austrian government.
This action cost them an arrest and they endured their life sentence in the maximum security Spielberg prison. Every year in November, the whole town arrives in eighteenth century fancy-dress to the historical re-enactment called Fratta Carbonara with a banquet which includes a tasty Panettone in memory of the heroes. As well as the dwellings of the Carbonari, in Fratta there is also the birthplace and home of Giacomo Matteotti, whose life and achievements are to be well-documented in the forthcoming historical house-museum. In the nearby Boniotti building, exhibits regarding local history and the working tradition of the Polesine are on display. It is also worth stopping to visit the Dean's church of SS. Pietro and Paolo which preserves two canvases on either side of the alter by the great eighteenth century artist, Mattia Bortoloni. The romantic garden of Villa Labia is a small paradise for those seeking respite from the torrid summer heat. A pleasant path winds between age-old trees and countless species of plants which surround the ice-houses and a pond inhabited by swans and ducks. Following the course of the Scortico Canal, which crosses the town, one arrives at Pizzon where the narrow watercourse plunges into the waters of the Canalbianco.
At this point stands an interesting land mill, now a museum, still complete with its wheel and navigation basin. On the 26 December the whole town takes part in a living Nativity. Thousands come to see this event which involves a multitude of characters and is accompanied by words and music.