Comacchio celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Etruscan city of Spina

100 years after the discovery of the first tomb in the necropolis of Spina, an Etruscan town in the Comacchio valleys (Ferrara), from May 2022 an exhibition at the Palazzo Bellini, visits to the ancient Delta Museum and its new open-air section and many security events celebrating the repetition.

Overlooking the Adriatic Sea, Cork it was one of the most important cities in Padana Etruria. Athens’ privileged port on the Po Delta and on the Adriatic became the hub of trade between Greece and the Po Valley, the gateway to “Greece” in the West and a place for ancient myths such as Daedalus and Icarus. Since 1922, they have also been found here 4 thousand graves, in which numerous Attic pottery has been found, and since 1956, the city of Spina has been the subject of studies that continue to amaze. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Spina, from May 2022, the city of Comacchio (near which the ancient Etruscan port is located) and its territory will be a place of events and special news for visitors who will be able to immerse themselves in the Etruscan universe of the old city.

The exhibition at Palazzo Bellini in Comacchio

To tell the story of Spina’s 100th anniversary, the Palazzo Bellini di Comacchio art gallery will host the exhibition Spina 100 – From myth to discovery: a century after the discovery of the Etruscan city, from May 28 to October 16, 2022, with an exhibition tour divided into a sequence of environments to relive the discovery of the old Thorn and its treasure. A journey from its founding, around the middle of the 6th century BC, to its role as the privileged port of Athens in the northern Adriatic, the decline around the middle of the 3rd century BC, the excavations with the discovery of the first tomb in the Trebba Valley during some recycling works of the Comacchio valleys and all the archaeological epic.

Outdoor section of the old delta museum

An open-air section of the ancient Delta Museum will be inaugurated in the Stazione Foce delle Valli di Comacchio area, where tourists and enthusiasts will be able to admire the full-scale reconstruction of a cross-section of ancient Spina with Etruscan houses made of wood and reeds, bogs , built on the tracks that emerged from archaeological research. It will thus be possible to wander in an environment similar to that which the Greeks and Etruscans admired 2500 years ago, and follow a journey through time that will then transport visitors from the ancient Etruscan buildings, with its variety of streets and canals, to the suggestive casoni of the Parco del Parco Delta del Po with its unique landscapes, up to Comacchio, the city on the water, where the ancient Delta Museum hosts an Etruscan section dedicated to Spina among wonderful rooms. The open-air archeological park was born as part of the “VALUE” project, which collaborates between the municipality of Comacchio with the superintendent, the regional directorate of the Emilia Romagna museums and the universities of Ferrara, Bologna and Venice, which will conduct new research campaigns to better investigate the structure of the ancient city of Spina and its territory.

There will also be many security incidents, like Thursdays in Spina, afternoon talks in pronaos at the ancient Delta Museum in Comacchio (6.30pm from June to September 2022), conferences, historical representations from a tourist point of view and numerous surprises. To reveal Spina as a place of connection in the Mediterranean, functional for the understanding of the phenomena of mobility and contact between objects, people and ideas belonging to different cultures and groups, in close mutual dialogue through maritime, river and land routes.

On the Visit Comacchio website advice and tourist packages to discover the area.

For information: Visit Comacchio Strada Statale 309 Romea, Comacchio (FE) Tel .: 0533 307030, 346 0921618 E-mail: Website:

Photo: The Museum of the Old Delta in Comacchio

Comacchio celebrates the city's 100th anniversary
Comacchio celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Etruscan city of Spina

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