The Abbey of Vangadizza dates back to the X century, founded by Benedictine monks, and it reached its splendour in the 1400s. In the late 1700s (period of the French domination) became the private property of a Frenchman, losing its function as a place of worship. The final abolition was arranged in 1810 by Napoleon. The Abbey remained in foreign ownership until the early 80s, when it was purchased by the town of Badia Polesine. If you arrive here from the village, in via San Rocco, you will admire it on the front side, where there’s a small square and two stone coffins containing the remains of Alberto Azzo II d’Este and his wife Cunegonde of Altdorf, progenitors of the Este dynasty (one of the most ancient European noble houses, which reigned over Ferrara) and of the Hannover family too (ancestors of the current British monarchs, the Windsor).
The Abbey of Vangadizza
Since we were not far from there (we visited just before the Palladian Villa of Fratta Polesine. If you want to learn more about it, here is my post regarding Villa Badoer). We came here for a walk around the Abbey of Vangadizza, in the park. The Abbey was closed and seemed abandoned. I was a bit disappointed because on another website they talked about its beautiful courtyard. So I thought I could get inside.
The park is small but cute and there is a bar. If I were you I would not come here just to see it if I was not near. But we were happy to make a 20 minutes detour to get here. There is even a cycle path passing by. So it may be interesting to stop here during a bike tour and have a pic nic. I hope that it can be restored soon because it’s really beautiful and evocative, and I’d be curious to visit the interior of the Abbey.