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Ecomuseum Mill at Pizzon

The only "terrain" in the province of Rovigo

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Where is


Via Pizzon, 915, 45025 Fratta Polesine RO, Italia (7m s.l.m.)


What it is and where it is

Between the Adige and the Po lies Polesine, a land rich in water and stories of farmers and fishermen. Here, at the confluence of the Scortico and the Canalbianco, stands the Mulino al Pizzon, an admirable example of industrial archaeology. Today you can no longer hear the noise of the millstones or the modern machinery that once scanned the entire process of transforming grains into flour with sophisticated mechanisms. What remains, in the silence of the valley, is the subdued rustle of the waters at the foot of the building and their sonorous singing in the leap that once powered the wheel.

Why it is special

From the outside, what you see is a rustic building leaning out over the canal. Yet because of its existence poised between land and water, this place has become the perfect home for an ecomuseum that tells the story of the miller's ancient trade and its encounter with the great technological innovations of the early 20th century. It arouses all our amazement to see the complex system of machines belts tubes gears arranged on three floors along the length of the building, and it is easy to imagine the din, the comings and goings of peasants laborers and merchants and the cloud of flour that whitened them.

Not to be missed

In May the Festival of Historic Mills is celebrated and, needless to say, at Pizzon there is a feast, seasoned with the delicacies of Polesine, a borderland and contact between the Venetian and Emilian traditions. It is easy to imagine how merry and tasty this occasion must be, but let's be serious-it would really be a shame to miss the opportunity to experience it in person!

A bit of history

The mill dates back to the first half of the 19th century. In fact, it appears in the Austrian land register of 1841. It was used to grind both wheat and corn. It reached maximum efficiency with technologically advanced machinery and the introduction of electricity in the 1950s. It was closed in 1962 after years of honored service. Thanks to careful restoration by a local entrepreneur and APS, today the Al Pizzon Mill is a treasure trove of industrial archeology that vividly tells the story and identity of the place. The Mulino al Pizzon is among the founding members of the National Association of Historic Mills.


During your visit you will happen to hear the Pizzon referred to as an earthen mill. This term indicates a mill built on the ground along a watercourse. In fact, not everyone knows that, despite the common imagination, this is not the only type of hydraulic mill in existence. In fact, in some areas, such as Rovigo, it was not even the most common. Here it was the floating mills that ruled, that is, structures entirely floating on water, so much so that the Mulino al Pizzon is the only example of its kind in the province of Rovigo.

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