The tour includes in the morning a visit to the “Great Rivers” Museum located inside the former Olivetan Monastery of St. Bartholomew built in the 13th century . The name “Museum of the Great Rivers” pays tribute to this land, Polesine, called the Mesopotamia of Italy, located between the “Great Rivers” Adige and Po.
The exhibition tour, takes place through an innovative arrangement of dioramas, models and multimedia installations, illustrating ethnographic and cultural archaeology in 5 different historical periods: Bronze Age, Iron Age, Roman Age, Medieval Age, Renaissance Age.
A visit to the museum rooms through different paths succeeds in illustrating the daily life of the Paleovenetians, the inhabitants of Polesine from prehistory to the Renaissance.
At the end of the morning museum visit, the tour is scheduled to continue with lunch at a restaurant.
In the afternoon around 2:30 p.m. the tour will resume with a Vespa excursion of the Polesine territory until we reach the town of Adria, the city that gave the Adriatic Sea its name, where we will visit the National Archaeological Museum.
The name Adria, would derive from the Etruscan “Atrium” meaning “day/light/east” to indicate the position to the east of the sea and the city of Adria at the time of the Etruscans. The museum inside preserves admirably beautiful artifacts that tell of the splendor of the then port of Adria, consisting of objects from pre-Roman times and especially evidence of the early Greek “emporium” and the subsequent Etruscan and then Roman city. Greek ceramics, vases, glasses and gold from the Etruscan period, and even multicolored glass vases and cinerary urns of Roman origin can be admired here.
At the end of the excursion, we plan to return to Montegrotto to Vespa Village.