THE “DELTA DEL PO”
“A park designed by water”
One of the most suggestive oasis in Italy and the second largest wetland in Europe. A natural paradise for avifauna in a changing landscape of land and water.
Here we forget the Apennines, the landscape in front of us is of a unique flatness, only bell towers, castles and tufts of poplars rise.
It is not monotonous, the waterways oblige us to an elusive and variable course.
Calm and silence dominate the landscape and the only voice that emerges is that of nature.
This landscape, unique in the world, has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has deserved the right title the establishment of a regional park.
Today we go to the Comacchio Valleys in search of memorable natural scenery: you will remember this day for the rest of your life!
Personally it is one of the areas that I love the most, precisely because they are landscapes that are rarely found elsewhere.
READY FOR OUR TOUR?
Woods reminiscent of dark woods where deer roam majestically (Boscone della Mesola), flamingos and cormorants surrounded by reeds walking in the fog between low salt lagoons, small fishing villages linked to the collection of clams or eels (Comacchio).
PS: I just tell you that WHAT is THE PARADISE FOR BICYCLE LOVERS.
There is in fact the LONGEST CYCLABLE PISTA OF ITALY AND ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT OF EUROPE: the “Right of the Po”.
125 km of roads almost all dedicated to cyclists.
I will tell you about them in the next article, on how to visit the Po Delta by bike.
Let’s start from Cervia and go to the navigator “Abbazia di Pomposa”.
ABBEY OF POMPOSA:
The Abbey of Pomposa is our first destination: dating back to the ninth century, it is a cornerstone of the artistic history of the Po Valley in the Middle Ages. Originally surrounded by the waters of the Po and the sea, today it is a treasure chest of Giotto’s school frescoes and mosaic floors.
In this place, moreover, the Benedictine monk Guido d’Arezzo elaborated the modern musical notation and gave the name to the notes: in short, we are in the place where the music was conceived as we still intend it today.
BOSCONE DELLA MESOLA:
To get lost, by water or by land, in these parts means to make extraordinary encounters. For example the one with deer and fallow deer in the BOSCONE DELLA MESOLA.
And it is right here that I want to take you.
The Nature Reserve of Gran Bosco della Mesola, with an area of 1,058 hectares, is one of the last and best preserved remnants of lowland forest, a memory of the ancient forests that were found until a few centuries ago along the Adriatic coast.
With our guide, we are going to discover this beauty.
We are also going to see the Fossil Dunes, a particular geological conformation that testifies the ancient line of the sandy coast as it was in 1000 BC. ! We will take a really fascinating walk!
A few kilometers from Mesola in fact survives for thousands of years a real masterpiece of fossil conservation of the landscape: the Natural Reserve of the Fossil Dunes of Massenzatica.
THE VALLEYS OF COMACCHIO:
For lunch we decide to make a small stop in the little Venice…COMACCHIO! How beautiful it is!
..Really enchanting, we decide to go back there another day to visit it with more calm.
Today we “settle down” to eat a crunchy eel sandwich (typical of the place) with a tasty glass of red wine in front of the Trepponti Bridge.
After a creamy coffee we finally go to the Valleys of Comacchio. I was looking forward to taking you!!!
The Valleys of Comacchio are one of the most characteristic environments of the area and give a bit of an idea of what the landscape was like before the great reclamation works and it is from here that the famous Eels we had for lunch come.
It is in fact because of the brackish water that we find the breeding of the famous eel (by the way it is among the most delicious in the world!!!) and several water birds (in fact I brought you here because I bet you will like birdwatching).
After a short visit with a guided walking tour in the ancient salt pans of Comacchio, I take you on an unforgettable 2-hour boat trip through the canals and the open valley where you will be amazed by the “casoni” and the “lavorieri” (traditional fishing facilities). All surrounded by hundreds of water birds, including flamingos.
Let’s go towards Cervia and stop in the locality “Sant’Alberto”: where there is also a lovely ferry.
From here with our guide, we reach the enchanting and INCONTAMINATED “Penisola di Boscoforte”.
PENISOLA DI BOSCOFORTE:
The Boscoforte Peninsula represents one of the most evocative and uncontaminated environments of the entire territory of the Po Delta Park.
Formed by a narrow dune cordon dating back to Etruscan times, Boscoforte pushes itself from the bank of the Reno river, for about 6 kilometers northwards, inside the Comacchio Valleys.
Inside there live in the wild numerous examples of Delta/Camargue Horses.
For its privileged position and its structural characteristics, Boscoforte recalls a particularly rich avifauna and is a privileged place for the rest and nesting of numerous species.
From here nature gives us unforgettable moments and in front of us we can admire a warm sunset…all for us!
Needless to say, the photos we take here, will be for us the best memories of our vacation in the beautiful Riviera Romagnola.
Let’s return to Cervia, happy for this wonderful day spent together.
PS. OH, NEXT TIME LET’S GO BACK BY BIKE!