Rovigo, Italy

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Where is Rovigo?

Rovigo is located in the Northeastern part of Italy against the water. Rovigo is a province, and has a capital city by the same name. Rovigo stands on low ground called Polesine, which is the low ground between the lower courses of the rivers Adige and Po and the sea. It is 80 kilometers (50 mi) by rail southwest of Venice and 40 kilometers (25 mi) south-southwest of Padua, and on the Adigetto Canal. The commune of Rovigo extends between the rivers Adige and Canal Bianco, 40 kilometers (25 mi) west of the Adriatic Sea, except the frazione of Fenil del Turco that extends south of the Canal Bianco.

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What is the weather like here?

Italy experiences a mediterranean climate, meaning it has hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters. Winters in Italy are cool and humid in the north and the mountainous zone. Sometimes cold air from northern Europe can spread south into Italy, bring snow to most mountains, while the coasts are kept warm by the high sea temperatures. Rovigo is both in the northern part of Italy as well as the coastal region. So I assume winters are still cold and humid, but not as bad as more inland, and northern regions. Storms like the Mistral can bring snow and gales, sometimes even in southern districts of Italy. The summer can be quite hot in Italy, mainly in the south of the peninsula, with high nocturnal temperatures of usually 28-33°C, but sometimes even 40°C. Thunderstorms are quite common especially in the northern areas around Rovigo. The meditteranean climate in Italy has often local variations. Surrounded by warm seas and with mountains close by, the coast always has a breeze; mountain areas are usually cooler with clear sunny skies, but sometimes local showers or thunderstorms in the afternoon. Hot air rising from the sea can cause heavy Thunderstorms especially in early fall, but these bring often the only summer rain that rapidly evaporates. In spring and fall, the Sirocco, a warm wind from Africa, raises the temperature of the peninsula. In The summer these Winds can bring very hot, unpleasant weather, sometimes even up to the northern districts of Italy.

What are the job opportunities here?

The job market in Italy is still building up from the global financial crisis in 2008. Italy has the third largest economy in the Eurozone, but also has the second highest level of public debt. The rate of youth unemployment is high at 43%. As an English speaker your language skills will be valued, particularly in tourism and teaching, not only as a second language but also because the majority of locals are not fluent in English. However, picking up a second language and learning Italian will prove extremely useful and will increase your chances of finding work. Italy is rich in culture and has many job opportunities for anything. In Italy industry prospers in the North (where Rovigo is located), where there is an abundance of private companies. The majority of the population reside here and you will be in direct competition with locals for job opportunities. The South is more rural - concerned mainly with agriculture and farming, which has declined in recent years. The country's major industries include: ceramics, chemicals, fashion (large names such as Gucci, Prada, Versace, Armani and Benetton), food processing, iron and steel, machinery motor vehicles (Ferrari and Lamborghini), textiles, and tourism. English teachers are in high demand in Italy and this type of work is readily available. Qualifications are preferable but it is possible to find work without. There are plenty of seasonal jobs, especially in the tourism sector and these include bar, hotel and restaurant work. The agricultural sector also provides casual summer jobs such as fruit picking and outdoor work.

What do I eat here?

When it comes to eating out in Rovigo, the best thing to do would be to stick to the local dishes and regional cuisine. There are a few restaurants in the town that serve international cuisine but they are either not that good or are not very affordable. There are quite a lot of good places there that serve traditional Italian food and dishes that are typically found in this region. There are also quite a lot of good pizzerias and some nice cafes and gelaterias. Lunch here is generally light and fresh and includes lots of fresh salads and light pastas. Rovigo cuisine is composed of traditional Italian dishes and less of international foods.

One highly recommended restaurant in Rovigo is Le Betulle. It is located at Viale Regina Margherita, 6, 45100, Rovigo, Italy. Their tradition Italian dishes and desserts receive very high ratings.

What sports are popular here?

Italy is a nation that is big on sports. Rugby is quite popular, especially in the Northern part of Italy. Golf is quite popular in Italy, with over 9000 registered golf players. There are also some Italian players who are quite notable in the world of professional golf, names as Francesco Molinari and Costantino Rocca are well known to golf fans. Both on television and the actual courts, tennis tournaments have significant followings in Italy. Italy as a tennis nation won the Fed Cup in 2006 and 2009 and the Davis Cup in 1976. Track and field is quite popular in Italy and those who do well on the Olympic or national level are very celebrated people throughout the country. There are many international and national athletic events held in Italy every year. While it may not be considered an actual ‘sport’ by many, professional wrestling is extremely popular in Italy and the American pro wrestling promotions often make a trip overseas. There is a substantial quantity of professional and amateur players for water polo in Italy. The Italian national team is often ranked in the top four in the world. Cycling is a very popular sport in Italy, in fact, only the Belgians have won more World Cycling Championships than Italy has. Italy also is home to a long distance bicycle race called the Giro d’Italia that is famous throughout the world. Pallavolo (Volleyball) is actually very popular in Italy and the country has many amateur players who play recreationally. The Italian Volleyball League is a respected league among professional players and regarded as one of the best volleyball leagues in the world. Both the male and female national teams are often ranked in the top four national teams in the world. Italy is one of the best basketball nations in all of Europe along with Turkey, Greece, and Spain. Until around the year 2000, the Italian league was considered the best domestic league outside of the United States. Italy does not just treat soccer like a sport; soccer is almost like a religion. Italy has provided some of the most dominant teams both in international competition as well as in European competition. Every Saturday and Sunday thousands upon thousands of people leave their home to watch the game live, and of course, millions take the time on Monday to discuss the results.

What are events and traditions that occur in Rovigo?

Rovigo had many traditions and events. The passage of the seasons, the rituals of rural tradition that accompany the phases of life in the fields, and the memory of the glorious past of the Republic of Venice provide the essence of the town festivals in the province of Rovigo. They are occasions for having fun and tasting local and seasonal culinary specialties. The San Marco Fair is held in Lendinara. This festival of traditions connected with trade and the world of agriculture is of ancient origin (in 2010 it celebrated its 345th edition!). September brings displays, exhibitions and music, with a rich bill of events to suit all tastes: cabaret, musicals, presentations by local companies, sport, vintage car and motorcycle rallies, concerts, fashion shows, exhibitions of paintings, giftware and food and wine. The National Kite Festival, in Badia Polesine, is a particularly delightful event. It is the largest and oldest festival of its kind in Italy, celebrating its 50th edition in 2010. The competition is open to participants of all ages, with prizes consisting of bicycles, mobile phones, and games etc., awarded to winners that are classified according to altitude, form or technical and artistic quality. The aquatic, lagoonal character of the cities on the Po Delta is reflected in the customs of their most popular festivals: the tradition of floating cribs in Adria has been the characteristic feature of the Christmas season there for many years. The Nativity scenes are displayed on large floating barges. The carnival celebration in Fratta Polesine might be the most beautiful event, but is just one of many that the town of Fratta Polesine offers throughout the year. The parade of carnival floats, games and events among the monuments of the old town centre on the last Sunday of carnival is not to be missed, and for gourmets there is a food-and-wine stand with traditional dishes of Polesana cuisine. Among the various historical pageants and palios, the Palio between the districts of Arquà Polesine, a historical re-enactment of the entry of Lucrezia Borgia into the city, deserves a special mention. The Palio was instituted with the intention of promoting a cultural message in harmony with the environment and tradition, that of the "Principiar del Cantar Maggio" (the start of May singing). “Cantar Maggio” is the same as “Cantar Primavera” (springtime singing), which the old farmers used to do before starting work in the fields. Since 1984, the city’s inhabitants have participated in the parade of historical figures, the games, the scenes from historical life and the final contest, the race "with the geese". Arquà was divided into four districts, Lanaroi, Redinari, Scoari and Zestari, to restore the old trades that characterized the areas of the municipality. The Porto Tolle Threshing Festival is an authentic country fair. The traditional summer festival includes an exhibition of samples and performances by the most important ballroom dancing orchestras. The Grain Festival usually takes place in the former parish field, beside the archipretal church. The festival includes a threshing demonstration with vintage tools, as well as tasting sessions. It loses its exclusively rural and parochial feel, however, if you consider that it has a 12,000 m² car parking area, a 400 m² dance floor and seating for 1,500 people at the food stalls. Thanks to the effective co-production and tour activity carried out in recent years, the Rovigo Public Theatre has managed to earn itself a position of respect on the Veneto musical scene. There is a regularly updated calendar for program of shows on the official theatre website. Rovigo is involved, together with 100 other municipalities from all over Veneto, in the Mystery Shows festival, a series of art, music and entertainment events dedicated to legendary and mysterious sites throughout the region. The Festival has started to reinterpret ancient local legends, often received directly from oral tradition, in an infinitely charming and enlightening theory.

What are some places of interest in Rovigo?

The architecture of the town is very noteworthy and should be seen. Places of interest are the ruins of the castle, Church of the Immacolata Concezione, Palazzo Roverella, Palazzo Roncale, and Palazzo Venezze. Also the church of Madonna del Soccorso, best known as La Rotonda. It was built between 1594 and 1606 by Francesco Zamberlan of Bassano, a pupil of Palladio, to house a miraculous image of a sitting Madonna with Child carrying a rose. The edifice has octagonal plan, surrounded by a portico, begun in 1594. The original construction had a cupola, which was later substituted by a simple ceiling for static reasons. The fine campanile, standing at 57 m, was built according to plans by Baldassarre Longhena (1655–1673). The walls of the interior of the church are wholly covered by 17th centuries paintings by prominent provincial and Venetian artists, including Francesco Maffei, Domenico Stella, Giovanni Abriani, Alessandro Varotari (il Padovanino), Pietro Vecchia, Pietro Liberi, Antonio Zanchi and Andrea Celesti. Another place to see is the Cathedral (Duomo, entitled to St. Stephen), originally built before the 11th century, but rebuilt in 1461 and again in 1696. The art works of the interior includes a Resurrection of Christ by Palma the Younger. You can go to the Church of St. Francis, in Gothic-Romanesque style but with extensive intervention from the 19th century. The belfry is from 1520. In the interior are several Saints sculptures by Tullio Lombardo (1526).The Town hall is an interesting place to go, which contains a library including some rare early editions, belonging to the Accademia de Concordi, founded in 1580, and a fair picture gallery enriched with the spoils of the monasteries. Finally, the Pinacoteca dei Concordi ("Concordi Gallery") houses important paintings, including a Madonna with Child and Christ with the Cross by Giovanni Bellini, a Flagellation of Christ by Palma the Elder, a Venus with the Mirror by Jan Gossaert, and portraits by Tiepolo and Alessandro Longhi.
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