Comacchio – Trepponti
Comacchio is a town and comune of Emilia Romagna, Italy, in the province of Ferrara, 48 km from the provincial capital Ferrara.
Comacchio is situated in a lagoon just north of the present mouth of the Reno. It is built on more than thirteen different islets, joined by bridges. The most important resources of these wetlands are the fish farming and the salt ponds. The seaport of Porto Garibaldi lies 7 km to the east. The wetlands south of the town, the Valli di Comacchio, are classified as a Site of Community Importance and a Special Protection Area in Italy. They are also rated internationally important by the Ramsar Convention for the conservation and sustainable utilization of wetlands.
After its early occupation by the Etruscans and the Gauls, when the site lay on the main stream of the River Po, Comacchio was annexed by Rome. Under Emperor Augustus, who ruled Rome from 27 BCE to 14 CE, a canal was dug to deepen its lagoon. Part of the original wetlands were drained and divided among villae rusticae.
Comacchio enjoyed prosperity under the Goths and the Lombards, and became the seat of a Lombard duchy. It owed its fortunes to its salt pans and its strategic importance to its location: when the Lombard king Authari expanded the Lombard dominion at the expense of Byzantium, he took the fortress of Comacchio and cut off communication between Padua and Ravenna. When the Franks descended into northern Italy in 756, their king, Pepin the Short, included Comacchio in his famous donation of land to Pope Stephen II, a grant later confirmed by Pepin's son and successor, Charlemagne. In 854 Comacchio was sacked by their rivals in the salt trade, the Venetians, who laid it waste in 946. Saracen raiders burned the city in 876, but despite this Comacchio slowly recovered. The Holy See later acquired the city and presented it to the archbishopric of Ravenna.
In the 13th century, Emperor Rudolph I conferred it on Obizzo IV d'Este of Ferrara. In 1508 it became Venetian, but in 1597 was claimed by Clement VIII as a vacant fief. In 1598 the Papal States again acquired Comacchio and retained it until 1866 when it became a part of the Kingdom of Italy. The spread of malaria rendered the site unhealthy.
Since then, most of the swamp land has disappeared, leaving ground for the expansion of agriculture, and creating new zones for dwellings. Comacchio was once home to a factory for sugar refining, which closed in 1988. Comacchio and its seafront Lidi are a center for tourism.
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cargus (7556) 2013-08-17 2:36
Beautiful composition, beautiful colors, well framed and rendered, image well done.!
snunney (72604) 2013-08-17 3:28
I like the composition and point of view; the eyes move naturally across the frame from left to right, culminating in the tower at the top of the steps. The image is well lit and has agreeable natural tones and very good sharpness.
timecapturer (36978) 2013-08-17 4:35
a different view of this fascinating little Italian gem. A superb POV that entices and is full of wonderfully attractive detailing. Guess the townsfolk here like their TV by the plethora of tall antennas
but they do not distract from the elegance and beauty of this place. Love the little flag pole, it adds to the character and mood so perfectly.
Enjoy the weekend - Brian.
krzychu30 (12605) 2013-08-17 4:46
small town,but definitely having its own,unique charm.Aslo the small canal with some lovely,distorted reflections as well as the boat contribute to the success of your composition and help to create so pleasant mood of the scene.And finally one accent I like is the Italian flag,which makes no doubt where we are.
Have a nice weekend
Sergiom (45308) 2013-08-17 5:34
Le regard suit naturellement le petit canal dans l'image et en plus celui-ci forme une diagonale parfaite apportant de la profondeur. La lumière et les ombres sont belles.
yquem46 (35290) 2013-08-17 5:41
Back from vacation
I like this one among all those that I missed meanwhile
A superb urban perspective
Have a nice WE
SnapRJW (23538) 2013-08-17 6:10
Hello Romano - A peaceful scene accentuated by the small boat punting along the canal. Another strong composition with good use of the diagonal line and the graphic architectural lines of the steps and bridge. Well managed exposure too, balancing the deep shadows and bright white of the boatman's shirt is excellent. Warm regards rosemary
Nicou (105679) 2013-08-17 7:16
Fantastique vue et compo merveilleux quels reflet sur ce canal avec le petit bateau ce ce parasol contre la façade quel bel ensemble.
Bravo et amitié
rychem (13584) 2013-08-17 11:21
Beautiful architecture photo, really many interesting architecture elements: stairs, arches, bridge, well captured and presented
carlo62 (19333) 2013-08-17 13:57
ecco una vista più classica di Comacchio, anche se resa originale dalla presenza della bandiera e del suo riflesso.
Bella anche la presenza della barca con le persone colorate che fanno pendant con la bandiera.
emka (64124) 2013-08-17 23:41
This photo is also very original view of Conacchio. You fou nd so many diagonals here. Fantastic reflections, nice scene with the boat. Superb shot.
abmdsudi (32471) 2013-08-18 8:28
I like the compo with good diagonal touch taking the eyes through the canal and the background. Details aplenty of this ancient town with the row of old house nicely framed on the left, the clarity is great with the eye catching reflection as added interest. Presence of human interaction is good reference to inject the shot to live. A well done shot and good photo effort. Congrats.
Silvio1953 (105381) 2013-08-19 12:46
Ciao Romano, bentornato anche a te, ma io domani me ne riparto :), Comacchio è uno dei posti più fotogenici e tu l'hai sfruttato alla grande, magnifici riflessi, ottima nitidezza e splendidi colori, bravo, ciao Silvio
gildasjan (39558) 2013-08-20 3:46
Très belle composition sous cette bonne lumière.C'est calme et reposant,j'aime beaucoup.
PiotrF (2380) 2013-08-23 12:08
Another beautiful image of Comacchio. There are no tourists - it encourages you to visit the city. Your big format cares for a wonderful detailed picture. Excellent perspective and depth picture. Perfect composition,
Technical also perfect, sharpness and clarity are attractive.