Adria, inhabited since the XIV to XIII century BC, was an important Etruscan, Hellenistic and Roman city.
Little is known regarding Etruscan Adria's urban characteristics, but the research conducted in 2004 in Via Ex Riformati yielded some specific information on the city's buildings and organization.
Etruscan Adria stood on 'amphibious' land, characterized by an old branch of the river Po inside a network of lagoons, which was organized with a series of canals starting in VI century BC. These canals, in alternation and alignment with the city's streets, formed a regular pattern that allowed effective soil drainage.
The building identified in 2004 was a home/laboratory that housed both living quarters and work rooms.
The building, set on an imposing sandy podium and consisting of a supporting wooden frame buffered with silt and clay and probably of a thatched roof, was restored and renovated at least twice in less than a century, showing the precariousness of these buildings, which needed maintenance on an ongoing basis.