Adria, the city that gave its name to the Adriatic Sea

A source of pride for the city is that it was named after the Adriatic Sea near which it once stood. According to legend, the name Adria derives from Atri or Hadrian, king of the Pelasgians, founder of the city, whose golden chariot is said to be still buried under the soil of Adria. According to the philological hypothesis, on the other hand, the name Adria would derive from an Etruscan word ‘atrium’ meaning ‘day, light and including the concept of the Levant or the East’. Based on this derivation, the name Adria would mean the eastern or eastern city closest to the sea, from which it took its name.

Its older history is amply documented by the rich collections and artefacts preserved in the National Archaeological Museum. While we find evidence of its more recent history by visiting Piazza Castello and the imposing Cathedral.

Another characteristic feature of Adria is its rivieras, with buildings with a clear Venetian influence. The masonry canal banks, stairways and mooring slips, on the other hand, tell the story of ancient river traffic.

Adria’s gardens, such as those of Villa Mecenati and the Scarpari gardens, are very pleasant. The Church of San Nicola da Tolentino (Monumento ai Caduti) and the Basilica della Tomba are also very interesting. Also worth visiting is the famous Canareggio district characterised by the Arts and Crafts of the past.


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