Comacchio, certainly the most original and fascinating historical center of the Po Delta, is a place of ancient origins: heir to the Etruscan city of Spina, inhabited by the Romans, dominated by the Estense family and then by the Papal State, Comacchio has come to this day with all the charm of the lagoon town.
It is situated on 13 little islands, surrounded by small canals and connected by monumental bridges. Its pastel-painted houses make the city center colorful and picturesque.
Our visit begins with the scenic Trepponti Bridge, gateway and symbol of the city that combines three different alleys through three beautiful staircases. This bridge gives us the chance to see the maze of narrow streets and mirrors of water that we will then explore with a pleasant walk.
We will cross the Sbirri Bridge, so called after the guards of the former prison that overlooks it, and we will see the Ancient Hospital of the Sick, a majestic neoclassical building that now houses the interesting Ancient Delta Museum. The visit to the Museum will let us know the history of these places through archaeological finds: in here, we have the whole cargo, from the amphorae to the leather sandals of the passengers, off a Roman boat that in the first century BC shipwrecked in these valleys!
A visit to Comacchio would not be complete without mentioning the tradition of eel fishing, for centuries the main activity of Comacchio people. We will visit the Manifattura dei Marinati (pickling factory), ancient manufacture for marinating eels: in the establishment, you can follow the different stages of fish processing according to the ancient recipe, but also visit the interesting museum with photos and vintage movies.
To enjoy even more the atmosphere of the lagoon town, we suggest, once the guided tour ends, an excursion along the canals of the city center in a “batana”, the traditional downstream boat.
The visiting order of the monuments is not the one listed above and is adjusted according to the needs of visitors. We do not assume responsibility for ticket increases or changes of monuments opening hours that may occur during the year.
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Where can I park?
If you are both by car or bus you can park in the free parking area of the in Via Fattibello.
Where do I meet the guide?
If you are already in the city center the guide can meet you in your hotelor at the restaurant. If you arrive directly for the guided tour then the guide can pick you up in the parking.
Can mobility impaired people enter everywhere?
Comacchio is located on islands connected by bridges. In the case of motor disability, therefore, an alternative route should be planned that does not provide for steps. Therefore, the Trepponti bridge and the Sbirri bridge are not accesible(but only visible from below).
There will be entry fees for the monuments?
Yes, the costs are as follows:
– € 2,00 for the Manifattura dei Marinati – € 1.00 for people under 18 or over 65 and for groups of over 25 people – free for children under 10 years and for disabled people and their carers)
– € 6,00 for the Ancient Delta Museum – € 3.00 for people under 18 or over 65 and for groups of over 20 people – free for children under 10 years old and for disabled people and their carers)
Is it necessary to book the entrance at the monuments?
Given the size of the rooms for the Delta ancient museum although there are no restrictions about we recommend a visit to groups not exceeding 30 persons. Booking is recommended but not mandatory for all places.
Is it possible to pay the tickets in advance or with credit card?
Where are the tourist information offices?
Close to the Hospital in Via Agatopisto.
Are there public toilets?
Yes, there are public toilets at the Coop Fattibello, you have to ask for the key. The toilets at the Library of Palazzo Bellini can also be used during opening hours.