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Augusta fossa Ravennam trahitur, ubi Padusa vocatur, quondam Messanicus appellatus
– Plinius, Naturalis Historia, III, 16 –


For more than 40 years the Centro Polesano di Studi Storici (Center Polesano of Historical, Archaeological and Ethnographic Studies, in short: CPSSAE) has been working in the field of cultural heritage volunteering with the scope of contributing to the knowledge and valorization of the historical and in particular archaeological heritage of Polesine.

The Association and its Bulletin PADVSA are the legacy of the discovery of Frattesina , the proto-urban settlement dated to the end of the Bronze Age (XII-X c. a.C.). Baltic amber, an ostrich egg, ivory, ceramics of the Aegean type, glass and bronze working point to the historical role played by Frattesina: the first systematic contact between Europe and the eastern Mediterranean through Caput Adriae, 2000 years before Venice.

The activity of CPSSAE in the field has brought about the birth of the first museum in Rovigo, “Museo dei Grandi Fiumi” (“Museum of the Great Rivers”) through which systematic archaeological research has developed in the area, in particular to the investigate the hydrographical evolution of the territory between Adige and Po and the Roman centuriation system. In addition, the Center works at the valorization of the Etruscan and Roman archaeological heritage of Adria.


Padusa 1984 is now available online


research & digs “in progress”


Bando di concorso
per borsa di studio
Gherardo Gherardini