Photographer's Note

Comacchio is a town of Emilia Romagna, Italy, in the province of Ferrara, 48 km by road from the town of Ferrara, on the level of the sea, in the centre of the lagoon of Valli di Comacchio, just N. of the present mouth of the Reno. Pop. (1996) 21179. It is built on no less than thirteen different islets, joined by bridges, and its industries are the fishery, which belongs to the commune, and the salt-works. The seaport of Magnavacca lies 7 km. to the east.

After its early occupation by the Etruscans and the Gauls, Comacchio was annexed by Rome. Under Emperor Augustus, who ruled Rome from 27 bc to ad 14, a canal was dug to deepen its lagoon. Comacchio enjoyed prosperity under the Goths and the Lombards, and became the seat of a duchy. When the Franks descended into northern Italy in 756, their king, Pepin the Short, included Comacchio in his famous donation of land to Pope Stephen II, a grant later confirmed by Pepin's son and successor, Charlemagne. In 854 Comacchio was sacked by the Venetians, who destroyed it in 946. The Holy See later acquired the city and presented it to the archbishopric of Ravenna. But Rudolf I, ruler of the Holy Roman Empire from 1273 to 1291 conferred it on Obizzo IV of the Este family of Ferrara. In 1508 it became Venetian, but in 1597 was claimed by Clement VIII as a vacant fief. In 1598 the Holy See again acquired Comacchio and retained it until 1866 when it became a part of the kingdom of Italy.

Model: Canon PowerShot S400
Software: Adobe Photoshop CS2 Windows
Exposure Time: 1/318
F-Stop: f/7.1
Focal Length: 237/32 mm
Date Taken: 2004-08-23 17:46
Metering Mode: Pattern
Flash: Flash did not fire, auto mode
File Size: 179 kb

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