Argenta, Emilia–Romagna

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Argenta
Comune
Comune di Argenta
Reclaimed land near Argenta.
Reclaimed land near Argenta.
Argenta is located in Italy
Argenta
Argenta
Location of Argenta in Italy
Coordinates: 44°37′N 11°51′E / 44.617°N 11.850°E / 44.617; 11.850Coordinates: 44°37′N 11°51′E / 44.617°N 11.850°E / 44.617; 11.850
Country Italy
Region Emilia–Romagna
Province Ferrara (FE)
Frazioni Anita, Bando, Benvignante, Boccaleone, Campotto, Case Selvatiche, Consandolo, Filo, La Fiorana, Longastrino, Menate, Molino di Filo, Ospitale Monacale, San Biagio, San Nicolò, Santa Maria Codifiume, Traghetto
Government
 • Mayor Giorgio Bellini (since June 2004)
Area
 • Total 311 km2 (120 sq mi)
Elevation 4 m (13 ft)
Population (2008)
 • Total 22,446
 • Density 72/km2 (190/sq mi)
Demonym Argentani
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 44011
Dialing code 0532
Patron saint St. Nicholas
Saint day December 6
Website Official website

Argenta is a town and comune in the province of Ferrara, Emilia–Romagna, north east Italy. It is located about 30 kilometres (19 miles) southeast of Ferrara, and midway between Ferrara and Ravenna.

Geography[edit]

Argenta is situated in a flat agricultural region near the Valli di Comacchio lagoon wetlands. Much of the latter is today a wildlife sanctuary and Argenta is home of the Marsh Museum which offers many facilities for ornithology.

History[edit]

The town was founded by the Romans. In 1295 it was the seat of a convention of the main Ghibelline leaders of Romagna to decide the course of the war against the Papal forces.

In 1923 a Fascist squad murdered a Catholic priest, don Giovanni Minzoni, an anti-fascist and the voice of the poor farmers in Romagna, as well as a friend of several socialist politicians like Natale Galba.

During World War II the area was part of the German Gothic Line. In April 1945, in the Allied advance of Operation Roast's, it was the location of the Battle of the Argenta Gap.

Main sights[edit]

  • Pieve di San Giorgio, a Palaeo-Christian church on the Reno River.
  • Museum of the Valleys of Argenta
  • Museo della Bonifica ("Museum of Land Reclamation")

Transportation[edit]

Argenta is located on the SS16 Adriatica state highway, which connects it to Ferrara and Ravenna. It has a station on the Ferrara-Ravenna-Rimini railroad.

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