How to get to Fratta (pdf 328 Kb)
Fratta Polesine known for its splendid Villa Badoer, UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to the National Archaeological Museum which houses many archaeological finds from nearby archaeological area of Frattesina. Numerous excavations carried out in this place, and in close proximity, have brought to light a large town and two necropolis of vast proportions dating back to the end of Bronze Age.
Here the greatest Italian architect of the '500, Andrea Palladio, has designed and built one of the most successful architectural works for taste and harmony of forms: Villa Badoer.
Along the two rivers that run through the country there are numerous other villas and palaces of rare beauty among which Villa Molin-Avezzù, designed by a student of Palladio and the romantic park of Villa Labia, and finally Palazzo Dolfin-Boniotti, home the ethnographic museum "Manegium."
The Parish Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, built between 1552 and 1682 houses some paintings by Bortoloni, marble statues by Giovanni Marchiori and John Morlaiter, while the ceiling is decorated with frescoes by Francesco Zugno, the steering wheel expertly gilded baldachin is a work of carving by Sante Baseggio.
Fratta is also famous for being the scene of Moti Carbonari against the Austrian domination in about the 1800s and having given birth to her Giacomo Matteotti, whose birthplace has become a museum.
Following the Channel Scortico which crosses the city center, to its confluence with the Canalbianco, you reach the location Pizzon, where taking advantage of the difference in height between the two rivers, has risen a mill earthy, probably dating back to the XVIII century and today witnesses a laborious past.
The water mill, the only one of its kind, is now home to an inn, and an eco-museum and maintains the impressive gear that was used to grind the wheat and the corn.