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Lendinara



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Lendinara

Lendinara is an important and beautiful town located in the Middle West of Polesine, crossed by Adigetto, an irrigation channel that divides it into two parts.

Although numerous archaeological findings show the existence of a settlement in Roman times, the first historical document concerning the town dates back to 870, when the Veronese Uberto Cattaneo obtained rule over the town from the Carolingians, lordship that lasted for more than four centuries.

The Paduans purchased the town in 1283 and then handed it over to Estensi. In this period the "Granarone" was erected, a great storage place for provisions and the town was enriched with churches and monasteries; the castle had a five-storey main tower, and a moat that surrounded the entire town. After having being sold to the Venetians, the 15th century was for Lendinara a golden era for culture. The great school of the Canozi was founded and among its wood carvers, the brothers Lorenzo (died. 1477) and Christopher (died. 1490) excelled with their most valuable wooden carvings and marquetry. Cultural ferment continued into the 18th century so much so that Lendinara was named "the Athens of the Polesine". Between the end of the 18th century and throughout the 19th century the city was at first dominated by the French and later by the Austrians. In 1866 Lendinara became part of the Kingdom of Italy.

The remarkable historical and artistic heritage of the churches and ancient architecture of the noble classes make Lendinara one of the essential tourist destinations on a visit to the Polesine. Among the religious buildings one should note the Sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin of Pilastrello (officiated by Olivetani Benedictines from 1577) which houses masterpieces of Venetian art between the XVI and XVIII centuries; the Cathedral of St. Sofia, a church of impressive size, with its majestic Bell Tower; the Church of St. Biagio which at the beginning of the nineteenth century took on the neoclassical style thanks to the project of the town's own Giacomo Baccari. Also noteworthy is Piazza Risorgimento with the Palazzo Pretorio, the Clock Tower and Loggia of the Palazzo Municipale (Town Hall) and the romantic garden of Ca ' Dolfin Marchiori from the second half of the XIX century. A walk along the banks of the Adigetto will lead the visitor to discover places familiar to the follower of Garibaldi, Alberto Mario to which, in May, the town dedicates the charming re-enactment "Arriva Garibaldi" with parades of characters wearing nineteenth century costumes. Among other famous names from Lendinara, one also remembers the luthier, Domenico Montagnana, maker, in Venice, of precious violoncellos and violins, in honor of which every year, from September, a musical festival is held. Before leaving Lendinara remember to visit a pastry shop or bakery to purchase "The Puazza", a typical cake with almonds inspired by the marble figure that decorates Palazzo Pretorio and which local tradition connects to an oriental work depicting the goddess Isis.