Poggio Renatico

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Poggio Renatico
Comune
Comune di Poggio Renatico
Poggio Renatico is located in Italy
Poggio Renatico
Poggio Renatico
Location of Poggio Renatico in Italy
Coordinates: 44°46′N 11°30′E / 44.767°N 11.500°E / 44.767; 11.500Coordinates: 44°46′N 11°30′E / 44.767°N 11.500°E / 44.767; 11.500
Country Italy
Region Emilia-Romagna
Province Province of Ferrara (FE)
Frazioni Chiesa Nuova, Coronella, Gallo, Madonna Boschi
Area
 • Total 79.8 km2 (30.8 sq mi)
Elevation 10 m (30 ft)
Population (Dec. 2004)
 • Total 8,077
 • Density 100/km2 (260/sq mi)
Demonym Poggesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 44028
Dialing code 0532
Website Official website

Poggio Renatico is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Ferrara in the Italian region Emilia-Romagna, located about 30 kilometres (19 mi) northeast of Bologna and about 12 kilometres (7 mi) southwest of Ferrara. As of 31 December 2004, it had a population of 8,077 and an area of 79.8 square kilometres (30.8 sq mi).[1]

The municipality of Poggio Renatico contains the frazioni (subdivisions, mainly villages and hamlets) Chiesa Nuova, Coronella, Gallo, and Madonna Boschi.

Poggio Renatico borders the following municipalities: Baricella, Ferrara, Galliera, Malalbergo, Mirabello, Sant'Agostino, Vigarano Mainarda.

History[edit]

During the Middle Ages, the area of Poggio Renatico was invaded by mirrors marsh and woods, and was fortified by the Bolognesi through a discontinuous line of towers and castles that allowed exclusive control of fishing, river trade, and the protection of the expansionist intentions of the neighboring Ferrara.

Main sights[edit]

  • The Castle Lambertini
  • The ancient Abbey of St. Michael the Archangel
  • The Abbey of St. Michael the Archangel
  • The Tower of the Uccellino also called the Usolino
  • The Tower of the Cocenno
  • The Tower of the Poggio also called of the Ortolano or Fornasini
  • The Tower of the Verga also called of the Vedrega
  • The Clock Tower of Poggio Renatico

Modern history[edit]

About 5 kilometres (3 mi) outside Poggio Renatico is one of the Italian Air Force's biggest radar stations, formerly used to monitor air traffic over Yugoslavia and southern Warsaw Pact countries.

In 2010, NATO controlled air forces in Europe from Poggio Renatico. Specifically, in March 2010, NATO relied on the radar base at Poggio Renatico to control over the airspace between the Danube delta and the Atlantic Ocean.

In May 2011, this Italian Air Force radar station was used as the nerve center for coordinating air strikes during the Libyan civil war by NATO.

Poggio Renatico was hit by the 2012 Emilia earthquakes. The earthquake caused the Castle Lambertini clock tower to collapse. It also damaged the dome and bell tower of the Abbey Church of St. Michael the Archangel, with heavy consequences for the local artistic heritage.

A few weeks later, on 4 June 2012, the steeple of the Abbey Church of St. Michael the Archangel was demolished with explosives.[2]

Demographic changes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
  2. ^ http://www.ansa.it/web/notizie/videogallery/italia/2012/06/04/crollo-campanile-diretta_6980608.html

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