Abbey of Pomposa

Pomposa Abbey is an architectural pearl located in Codigoro, approximately twenty kilometres from Lido di Pomposa.

The area of Ferrara boasts other examples of historical beauty, but this complex charms visitors for the particularity of the religious areas within.

The story of Pomposa Abbey begins in the 9th century. However historians believe that a number of monks were already living here in the 6th and 7th centuries AD. In the late Middle Ages it came to posses large areas of land, but in the centuries to follow it progressively lost its influence on the surrounding area.

From a distance, the first thing that comes into sight is the bell tower, which dates back to the 11th century, and which rises to a height of approximately 50 metres.
After passing the portico of the Basilica of Santa Maria, the three finely frescoed naves stand out. Among the more important pictorial works, the paintings by Vitale of Bologna are particularly notable, while the paving displays a number of allegorical symbols including a lion and a dragon.

The visit to Pomposa Abbey reaches its height with the entry into the chapter house, enriched with a pictorial series by an apprentice to the great artist Giotto. The refectory is no less important, with its walls displaying frescoes by the Master from Tolentino.

The visit to Pomposa Abbey can be considered complete only after having seen the Museum of Pomposa. The exhibition is located in another precious area, the Sala delle Stilate. Here one can find numerous relics of medieval art belonging to the abbey.

Pomposa Abbey is a treasure trove of medieval art and universal culture of which our territory is proud. One only has to consider that among the numerous intellectuals who have stayed here, the name of Guido di Arrezzo stands out: a medieval monk who is known as the creator of the modern system of musical notes, which he worked on within these very walls.

Agenzia Venere recommends a visit to Pomposa Abbey to all of its clients. It is just 20 minutes drive away from Lido di Pomposa. A short trip for an example of architecture which is unique in both Italy and world-wide.