The earliest settlements are recorded in the 6th century BC, when the Etruscan founded the town of Spina, which was abandoned in the 3rd century BC. In Roman times the wetlands were partly drained and villas built in the reclaimed land areas. At the fall of the Western Roman Empire Comacchio came under the control of the Byzantine Exarchate of Ravenna until 751 AD, when the Lombards occupied the area.
Comacchio, Province of Ferrara, Emilia Romagna, Italy
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History - Antiquity
History - the Middle Ages
Throughout the Middle Ages, Venice was a fierce competitor of Comacchio in the salt trade, and a long war ended with the destruction of Comacchio in 932 AD.
History - the Renaissance
History - the Modern Age
After the unity of Italy, large drainage projects took place, reclaiming land for agriculture and more recently for tourist development.