History and facts
It is said that at the end of the year 1509, the Republic of Venice wanted to punish the expansionism of the House of Este with an attack from the river to the Duchy of Ferrara. In Polesella, on the Po river banks, a bloody confrontation took place: the militia from Ferrara gained the battle crushingly, while the majority of the venetian boats sank because of guns, culverins, mortars and muskets, stationed on the river banks.
After the victory Mr Arveda, a gunner from Polesella faithful to Duke Alfonso I D’Este, was nominated Cavaliere degli Scacchi (knight of the chess), probably for the strategy he used in placing the artillery. He was given a woodland, the old Bosco Eliceo, between Borgo della Fontana (now San Giuseppe) and Magnavacca. Here, in Borgo degli Scacchi, the first people set themselves up, and all around vineyards stretched up. The Bosco Eliceo wine was produced in this area until a few decades ago.
Lido degli Scacchi had its urban development with the economic boom of the sixties, like the other Lidos.
Lido degli Scacchi is a good seaside resort for families: tourist facilities have put the family at the center of their services and offers, so that this small town overlooking the Adriatic has turned into a dream oasis, ideal for children and parents’ holidays.
During the day the cleaned and well kept beach of Lido degli Scacchi is the hub of tourist activities. The seaside resorts are able to offer cutting-edge services; parents do not have to worry about their children: lifeguards and animators take care of them and their entertainment. There is plenty of fun thanks to sports tournaments and group activities that involve swimmers of all ages.
The walk along downtown streets offers tourists a wide choice of local restaurants to suit all tastes, outdoor markets along the Alpi Centrali Avenue, festivals and folk festivals where you can eat and drink.
Lido degli Scacchi also provides opportunities for fun with a variety of typical restaurants, with music for all tastes, arcades, famous ice cream stores and opportunities to spend a funny evening.
Every year, on August 8th, costume parades and masked floats are made to celebrate Lido degli Scacchi’s birthday.
Lido degli Scacchi is also an ideal base for lots of excursions in the picturesque park of the Po Delta and Comacchio's Lagoons, for cultural visits to towns such as the beautiful Comacchio and many picturesque places like the Abbey of Pomposa and Mesola Castle.