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 (73038) 2013-09-05 7:30
The tower makes a great focal point, and I like the point of view looking across the canal. Good colour contrasts and sharpness. Not many people about during this time?
lousat (64585) 2013-09-05 10:25
Ciao Romano,pace assoluta come nelle altre foto diurne ed inserimento del campanile per dare un tocco di verticalita' a queste prospettive piatte basate sui canali,lavoro e qualita' impeccabile.Complimenti e buona serata,Luciano
Silvio1953 (106008) 2013-09-05 11:18
Ciao Romano, bel ritorno a Comacchio, gran bello il campanile, deliziosi i riflessi, gran qualità, bravo, ciao Silvio
elenimavrandoni (10131) 2013-09-05 11:54
una vera meraviglia di colori tenui e una luce molto bella per fare questa composizione semplicemente favolosa!!!
mi piace molto il tuo lavoro Romano!!
PiotrF (2380) 2013-09-05 12:24
My favorite Comacchio. Beautiful views of the tower and the canal.Excellent quality, some good details
Nice composition. Colors, contrast are excellent. Very well done.
yquem46 (35678) 2013-09-05 12:27
Another good one of the colorful and luminous canal in Ferrara
Che bella Italia !
gildasjan (39624) 2013-09-06 1:08
Un bon cadrage vertical du clocher de cette église dont les textures sont bien rendues.Beau contraste entre le bleu du ciel et ces façades claires aux teintes justes.
dkmurphys (42699) 2013-09-06 2:30
Another attractive capture along the calm canal. I like the architecture and the charming elements from the facades. Well seen.
ChrisJ (91404) 2013-09-06 6:19
Good to have the diagonal embankment starting in the bottom left corner and leading the eye deep into this image. The dual sides of the canal add superb diminishing linear perspective and the small arched bridge is reminiscent of Venizia. Tfs!
Noel_Byrne (13688) 2013-09-06 7:22
Attraverso la vostra galleria, posso innamorarmi di un luogo non sono mai stato. Meravigliosa scena da questa città, e la sistemazione della torre come è nel telaio è una brillante idea che ha funzionato perfettamente. Anche il canale è in una posizione perfetta per rendere questo un bel colpo di un bel posto. Così calmo, così vuoto e così grande da guardare.
Avere un grande fine settimana
pajaran (41981) 2013-09-06 10:14
Vrlo interesantan tekst o mestu, sa datim podacima i istorijom ...
Lep pogled ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, kontrast, lepe boje.
Dobar rad, lepo pokazano mesto i arhitektura.
Prijatno vece i sve najbolje za vikend.
Very interesting article about the place, with the given data and history ...
Nice view ...
A good time recording, contrast, beautiful colors.
Good work, nice place and the architecture shown.
Good evening and all the best for the weekend.