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Pomposa is located in the regio of the Po Delta and is recognised by Unesco as a World Heritage site. A masterpiece of Roman art, the massive bell tower of the Pomposa Abbey heralds its arrival from afar. Dating back to the 6th- 7th Century it was the site of the first Benedectine monastic Community in the Insula Pomposiana, a wooded island surrounded by two branches of the river and protected from the sea.
Its time of greatest splendour came after the year 1000 A.D. when the site became a flourishing monastic centre for prayer and work, and its evolution became intrinsically linked to Saint Guido. The Pomposa monastery welcomed illustrious figures of the time such as Guido d’Arezzo, the monk who invented musical writing based on a 7-note system.
The Church of Saint Mary features a Giotto – inspired fresco that forms part of one of the most famous collections in the province. You can also admire the wonderful mosaic floor with insets of prized marble that date back to between the 6th and 12th Centuries.
The bell tower rises to the side of the church. The soaring and elegant structure is 48 metres in height and is softened by a series of windows that increase in number and size from the bottom up. The cloister, the Palace of Reason, the Refectory, the Chapter and the Pomposa Museum with its finds from many disappeared abbeys, are on the side.
The hamlet is dominated by the elegant and majestic structure of the Estense Castle, now the seat of the Museum of the Wood and Deer of Mesola.
It was built at the end of the 16th century on the edge of an immense hunting ground, Gran Bosco della Mesola, and which is now one of the most attractive nature riserva in the Po Delta Park. After a long, challenging, admirable battle for the reclamation of the ancient, vast Po delta, by the sea, on an island of the big Po River, the estense Duke decides to realize a hunting estate, a passion that he shares with his wife Margherita Gonzaga, as a tradition of the time for their respective families. The estate’s structure and especially the enclosed circuit, defended by the wall and the towers, made one suspect the antagonist of Ferrara: Venice thought that Ferrara was a powerful city built by the Adriatic Sea, able to have a strong commercial competition. The estate, with the Estense Castle of Ferrara and many other Este court residences in the Ferrara territory, characterizes one of the largest cultural landscapes know as Unesco World Heritage, called “Ferrara, city of Renaissance, and its Po Delta”.
Totally surrounded by Delta Po Park, considered World Heritage Site, the area of Goro and Gorino is the ideal place for those who love the holiday in close contact with nature, the most sound principles of sustainable tourism.
The Sacca di Goro is one of the largest brackish lagoons of the Northern Adriatic; the Scannone di Goro, a recently formed strip of sand where a characteristic lighthouse rises, partially separates it from the sea.
The presence of fresh and salt water, low water dephts and other ecological peculiarities allow the settlement of important plant communities as grasslands of Glassworf, Sea Lavender, Sharp Rush.
Here you can enjoy the thrill of living in contact with nature and make excursions in small and large boats with quiet engines, while respecting the delicate ecosystem of the mouth of the Po.
Goro and Gorino offer an itinerary of taste between flavours and aromas of the Po Delta: here the culinary tradition has as protagonists the famous tasty clams in the Sacca di Goro.