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Audio tourWaterways Explorer: New lands: a short history of the reclamation process -Bacchiglione-

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  1. Audio tour Summary
  2. Audio tour Summary

    The current appearance of the landscape, on the final stretch of the Bacchiglione river before it reaches the Lagoon, is geometrical, a reminder of how this territory is the product of the centuries old task of conducting water to the sea, to obtain “new lands”. Indeed the land here is naturally below sea level, a condition similar to the Netherlands. The drying and cultivation of the area began with the Romans, continued with the medieval monastic orders, then with the Venetians, and finally, in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with the large hydraulic operations made possible through mechanisation. The roads, houses, towns, the interweaving of canals and waterways are all evidence of this centuries-long  work and may be defined in one word: reclamation.

  3. 1 The Correzzola Benedictine Court
  4. 2 Church of Terranova
  5. 3 The Pedocco river harbour
  6. 4 Water control and the 1966 flood
  7. 5 Santa Margherita water pump
  8. 6 The Ca’ di Mezzo Oasis
  9. 7 Banks, canals and landscape
  10. 8 Scariolanti (Wheelbarrows men)
  11. 9 Living in the reclamation land
  12. 10 Fishes, canals and rivers
  13. 11 The Barbegara water pump
  14. 12 The 'Vanezza' of Correzzola
  1. Audio tour Summary

    The current appearance of the landscape, on the final stretch of the Bacchiglione river before it reaches the Lagoon, is geometrical, a reminder of how this territory is the product of the centuries old task of conducting water to the sea, to obtain “new lands”. Indeed the land here is naturally below sea level, a condition similar to the Netherlands. The drying and cultivation of the area began with the Romans, continued with the medieval monastic orders, then with the Venetians, and finally, in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with the large hydraulic operations made possible through mechanisation. The roads, houses, towns, the interweaving of canals and waterways are all evidence of this centuries-long  work and may be defined in one word: reclamation.

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