Comacchio, Province of Ferrara, Emilia‑Romagna
- Altitude: 2 m a.s.l
- Population: about 22,000 inhabitants
- Zip/postal code: 44022
- Phone Area Code: 0533
- Patron Saint: St. Cassiano
- Frazioni & Localities: Lido degli Estensi, Lido degli Scacchi, Lido di Pomposa, Lido di Spina, Porto Garibaldi, San Giuseppe, Lido delle Nazioni, Lido di Volano, Vaccolino, Volania
- GPS Coordinates: 44.42 N - 12.11 E
Provinces of Emilia-Romagna
History - Antiquity
The earliest settlements are recorded in the 6th century BC, when the Etruscan founded the town of Spina, which was abandoned in the 3rd century BC. In Roman times the wetlands were partly drained and villas built in the reclaimed land areas. At the fall of the Western Roman Empire Comacchio came under the control of the Byzantine Exarchate of Ravenna until 751 AD, when the Lombards occupied the area.
History - the Middle Ages
History - the Renaissance
History - Modern Times
What to see
- The many fine bridges of which Trepponti is the main example; built in 1638 by capucine Giovanni Pietro da Lugano on a project of Luca Danese of Ravenna, the bridge joins the navigable Pallotta canal to the town centre.
- The Casa-Museo Remo Brindisi, at Lido di Spina, the summer mansion of the painter, a project by Nanda Vigo, donated in 1996 by the artist to the commune.
- The Fortuna Maris museum, with exhibits of a Roman ship found at Valle Ponti, in 1981, with all its cargo.
- The Valli di Comacchio, in the heart of the Po Delta Natural Park, salty wetlands rich of fish and bird species, with a Salina in the north east.
- The Lido degli Estensi, with a magnificent, long and wide beach, a modern tourist port, a lively centre full of shops, sports and entertainment facilities.
- The Pomposa Circuit, among the best go-kart, motorbike and mini-motorbike circuits in Italy.
- The Lido delle Nazioni, taking its name from an artificial basin, with all the streets named after continents or countries, famous for the many pubs and discos in bathing establishments on the beach. In its territory is the house where Giuseppe and Anita Garibaldi stopped on 2 August 1849.
- The Lido di Volano, with a wide seafront pinewood extending for 6 km from the small town to the sea and included in the Po di Volano Natural Reserve.
- The Lido di Pomposa and Lido degli Scacchi, founded in the 1960's by entrepreneur Riccardo Rocca who set up an urban model for tourist development in the Riviera
- The Lido di Spina the southernmost of the resorts of Comacchio, a residential area in the green of the pinewood between the lagoon and the sea.
- Porto Garibaldi, the most ancient of the seven seaside settlements, with a lively fishing port, and a wealth of sea-food based restaurants and beach establishments.
Where to stay
- Hotels: 4-stars | 3-stars | 2-stars | 1-star
- Agritourisms | Bed & Breakfast
- Campsites | Vacation Rentals.