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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timecapturer (37470) 2013-08-30 5:27
enjoying this series from this characterful Italian town. Subtle tones and shades here and a shot that captures the mood and atmosphere of this place so beautifully. Very artistic and rustically captivating.
Have a great weekend - regards Brian.
dkmurphys (42699) 2013-08-30 5:35
Simple and very beautiful. I like the deep calm atmosphere and the reflections along the canal. Good catch, have a fine day.
mkamionka (27197) 2013-08-30 8:38
lovely continuation of the recent series from the walk among channels. Pleasant colorful houses well captured with their reflection.
Have a great weekend,
marina7 (7246) 2013-08-30 11:08
a lovely composition, simple and stylish with very good light and perfect clarity. I love the way you captured the curtain blowing in the wind, such a cute detail. The flowers match it perfectly too. Nice work.
Best wishes for the weekend!
elenimavrandoni (10131) 2013-08-30 11:36
mi piacerebbe visitare e godere la vista di questo sito bellissimo..una foto meravigliosa del tuo viaggio al paradiso...
un carissimo saluto buon w/e
Silvio1953 (106048) 2013-08-30 12:47
Ciao Romano, altro favoloso riflesso, Comacchio ne è una miniera inesauribile e tu l'hai sfruttata molto bene, bravo, buon week end, ciao Silvio
PiotrF (2380) 2013-08-31 15:33
Brillant picture of canals in Comacchio.Excellent detailed picture
Composition and presentation make these picture attractive
Indrasish (2363) 2013-09-02 22:12
Excellent shot here.. You took this shot maintaining a good composition.. Like the perspective also.. Superb image quality and nice colors too.. Very well done..
And thanks for attaching an interesting note with it..
Good morning and best wishes from India..
ourania (19024) 2013-09-05 9:14
mi piace molto il gioco e l' eleganza della prospettiva e delle geometrie, delle tonalita' ben definite ed armoniose, i dettagli fini e distintivi che evidenziano il carattere individuale di ogni casa in modo sottilissimo e divertente. Hai gestito la luce forte in modo particolare, i colori hanno una profondita' affascinante. I riflessi riempino il primo piano e completano il quadro superbamente, la cortina rossa che vola e' un dettaglio significativo ed intrigatissimo. Complimenti e grazie!
Tanti saluti e buona serata,