Campagna Lupia, Lugo e Lova
Starting from the west side and the crossroads of the Provinciale 13, in the opposite direction from the city centre, you can see on the left the Casello 8, a typical building along the Adria-Venice railway built to host the railway office and the waiting area for the Vacca Mora, the train that runs the route several times a day (provided with special wagons for bikes).
Continuing on through Campagna Lupia historic centre you can see the Church of San Pietro Apostolo, the ancient Lova chapel reworked during the 18th century.
On the left of Via della Repubblica Villa Colonda Marchesini glimpses: build in 1572, now it is the Municipal Hall.
Turning towards Lugo you bump into the Church of Santa Maria di Lugo (11th century). It is a Romanesque building with a single rectangular nave and a bell tower, with a little chapel added on the east side in 1468. Inside, in addidtion of traces of previous frescoes, there is a small Archaeological Museum hosting finds from the area.
Going North to Lughetto, there is the Church of San Gregorio Magno e Tommaso Apostolo, built in 1563, that holds a 16th century wooden Madonna.
Going back to Lova, flanking the Taglio Nuovissimo canal, you come across the beautiful Church of Santa Giustina, build in the 1600s, and the Ethnographic Museum.
A visit to the Idrovora (water pump), built around 1800, will allow you to learn about the technological evolution of the machinery: from the steam to the diesel one up to today’s electric one.
In February 1893, near Lova, during some works on the Scolo Vecchio Cornio canal, a 6-meter pirogue was rediscovered.
The watercraft, dated 11th century and obtained from a single oak trunk, shows some characteristics of the lagoon boats, such as the considerably raised stern.
Visit the Church of Santa Maria di Lugo. Since 1995 its small Archaeological Museum hosts pre-Roman and Roman finds from the area.
Excavations around the church actually revealed the presence of a shrine, dated between the 2nd century BC and the 1st century AC. Lova, already known since the beginning of the last century for a series of casual findings, hit the headlines at the end of the 1980s after the find of about ninety small, votive bronze statue (nude male figures with spread arms and legs, in addition to horses and horsemen figures).
In 2008 the excavation led by the University of Padua revealed further finds: coins, pottery, bones and fragments of clay architectonic decorations (acanthus and palm leaf acroteria, antefixes with Satyr or Gorgon faces) that adorned the buildings of the sanctuary.