Porto Maggiore is a town with 12,190 inhabitants (as of 31 December 2012) in the province of Ferrara. The neighboring municipalities are Argenta, Comacchio, Masi Torello, Voghiera and Ostellato.


Porto Maggiore is located about 25 kilometers southeast of Ferrara and about 55 kilometers northeast of Bologna in Emilia -Romagna.


The first documents that point to the origins of Porto Maggiore, date from the year 896 AD. The city was first mentioned in a document dated 17 September 955, then still as postage - it is not in dispute that this is around the present Porto Maggiore. The Estensi shaped the fate of the city sustainable. 1277 they built a ditch from the river Po di Primaro to the Valli di Comacchio, to better delineate their possessions. They also put up several places of residence, for example, the Delizia Verginese (see Section Culture and sights ).

The Castle of Porto Maggiore, mentioned several times in the 15th and 16th centuries, today no longer exists. It is believed that it was on the present-day Piazza della Repubblica.

The city center was bombed several times by the 13th to 17th April 1945 more than 1000 citizens died. Some private houses survived the attacks of the ancient monasteries, churches and palaces, however, is nothing left.


The agriculture and the textile industry, the most important industries of Porto Maggiore, losing more and more important, the industry is still in the development phase. These is the company Fabbri 1905, which was founded in 1905 in Porto Maggiore and manufactures nowadays in Bologna Eisdielenbedarf and sweets.

Transport and Infrastructure

Porto Maggiore is on the Strada Statale 16 Adriatica and is only a few kilometers from the junction Ferrara - Porto Garibaldi away.

The nearest motorway is the A13 Bologna - Padova.


The line Ferrara - Rimini stops in Porto Maggiore, also trains on the route Porto Maggiore - Bologna. Porto Maggiore is thus to Ferrara the most important railway junction in the region. The connection of Porto Maggiore Bando was operated from 1921 to 1943 for the transport of sugar beet.

Culture and sights

The main attraction of the district is the Delizia Verginese, a castle in Gambulaga, about 6 kilometers from Porto Maggiore. Duke Alfonso I d' Este rebuilt the original country house in the 16th century into a castle and gave it to Laura Eustochia Dianti. After the death of the Duke, the lady pulled back and took care of the renovation of the castle. Cavaldi da Parma planned the present appearance: a rectangular base, framed by four towers. Next to it is a small church.

In the nature area Oasi di Porto is a natural history museum.


The city is known for volleyball, but also brought forth many famous football players. The football stadium is dedicated Savino Bellini.

Regional specialties

Porto Maggiore is home to the Salama da sugo, a very soft, almost liquid boiled sausage specialty.

Sons and daughters of the town

  • Davide Santon (* 1991), football player
  • Ruben Buriani ( b. 1955 ), football player
  • Savino Bellini ( * 1913), football player
  • Dino Bruni ( born 1932 ), cyclist
  • Cesare Toschi (1906-1941), pilot