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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snunney (72566) 2013-08-26 1:34
I like the point of view looking down this attractive street with its pavement cafés. The mood is enhanced by the light and shadow play in this perfectly exposed composition. Very good colours and sharpness.
timecapturer (36972) 2013-08-26 3:20
a superb shot of this amazing place. Not seen a lot of shots on TE from this intriguing and beautiful old town. Irresistible perspective and wonderful clarity make this a stand out shot, full of character and a peaceful ambience. Glorious!
Have a good week - Brian.
dkmurphys (42409) 2013-08-26 3:37
Very beautiful canal scene. I like the architecture and the atmosphere. Well taken, have a nice day.
jurek1951 (37040) 2013-08-26 3:41
a splendid photo of this amazing city, the composition is very attractive, beautiful details and colours, great mood,
annjackman (15481) 2013-08-26 4:27
This looks to be a very interesting place. An excellent perspective with lovely detail on the old facades. The pastel colours add real charm. The light and shadow areas have been very well managed and I do like the inclusion of the small piece of wall in the FG as it just gives some nice light in the darker part of the picture.
Very well done - TFS.
Kind Regards, Ann
Noel_Byrne (13204) 2013-08-26 4:46
Stupenda profondità in questo come si guarda verso il basso il canale e le strade emptry, pieni di delizioso vecchia architettura. Io amo particolarmente la notevole differenza di luce tra un lato della strada e l'altra, fa sempre un contrasto molto piacevole. Ancora una volta, i colori pastello degli edifici è molto piacevole contro il cielo blu.
Hanno una grande settimana di anticipo!
Sergiom (45244) 2013-08-26 4:59
Le regard suit naturellement le canal dans l'image, ce qui lui donne beaucoup de profondeur.Il s'arrête en chemin sur les terrasses qui ont les pieds dans l'eau. J'aime la lumière sur les maisons aux teintes roses.
Nicou (105629) 2013-08-26 7:15
Enouré des deux façades quelle vue et cpatage sueprbe ce canal avec ces maisons les tons la profondeur c'est un charmant endroit sueprbe vue.
bravo et amitié
emka (64110) 2013-08-26 15:17
ciao Romano, Comacchio has canals like Venice or Chioggia! the houses, specially on the left side look rather neglected. Interesting object on the right side. is it a boat, or the restaurant on the water? Fascinating twon, so less k nown than the other italian cities.
elenimavrandoni (9965) 2013-08-26 16:48
ma un posto meraviglioso è Comacchio, molto suggestiva tranquillità e colori fantastici
Mi piace la tua composizione con l'angolo laterale e la presentazione è molto bella
meraviglioso ritrovare le tue immagini bellissime!
un carissimo saluto
Cricri (92041) 2013-08-28 10:39
Une vue entre l'ombre et la lumière, la profondeur du canal avec les terrasses, ancienne et nouvelle architecture, un endroit magnifiquement présenter et que je trouve très beau
Didi (51253) 2013-09-02 9:45
Again a good balance between shades and lights
Good dominant point of view
Very charming place for cisiting