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Legnago is the most important centre in the lower Verona plain, the city has been a historical witness to all the important events in the area. Holidays in Legnago offer entertainment and culture in a magnificent natural setting.
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Thanks to its many activities, tailored to suit everybody, tourism in Legnago is possible all year round. There are also many accommodation opportunities in Legnago: a holiday to meet everybody’s needs and means. Its strategic location on the left bank of the river Adige was immediately recognised for its potential defensive role, and was thus inhabited by numerous peoples from ancient times. The remains of prehistoric pile dwellings bear testimony to this; many ethnic groups, however, have left their traces in this area, from the Etruscans to the Paleovenetians.
It was nevertheless in the Middle Ages that the city's real soul and function as a military stronghold strongly emerged, and remained so for centuries under the most diverse rulers.
The earliest fortifications were erected by the Longobards and the Franks, after which Legnago passed under the Bishop's jurisdiction, then to the city of Verona in 1207, following the destiny of the city of the Scaligers until the arrival of the Venetians. It was in fact la Serenissima herself, through the talent of Michele Sanmicheli, who in 1500 took charge of returning to the city the fortress destroyed during the war against the League of Cambrai.
The new fortification was put to good use by the Austrians who utilised Legnago as one of the four strongholds of their defensive system known as the Quadrilateral.Though the floods of the eighteenth century and the bombardments during the Second World War have unfortunately erased much of the city's past, the remaining treasures are invaluable, and assure Legnago its status as a considerable centre of Venetian art so much so that tourism in Legnago is one of the most important assets of the city.
From Piazza della Libertà the last remaining tower of Sanmicheli's city walls is visible. The Romanesque church of S. Salvaro is highly impressive, and in the beautiful cathedral (reconstructed during the 18th and 19th centuries) a splendid 14th century Pietà can be seen. Also not to be missed, during your holiday in Legnago, are the theatre dedicated to the great Antonio Salieri (master to Beethoven and Schubert among others,) who was born here, and the Museum of Villa Fioroni.
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