Itinerary: Po River Delta, Comacchio, Goro, Gorino Veneto, Rosolina, Chioggia
The Po River Delta, a beautiful, unique, natural environment
The Regional Park of the Po River Delta (pic n°1) (pic n°2), located in the provinces of Ravenna and Ferrara, in Emilia-Romagna region, was established in 1988 in order to safeguard the beautiful, native flora and fauna of this area. In fact, the Delta of the Po River is home to more than 370 species of animals, (among them nearly 300 are birds), and over 1,000 species of plants. Therefore, it is a unique environment and because of that, it was declared a human heritage site by UNESCO in 1999.
However, The Regional Park of the Po River Delta is not only nature, it also includes some historical, cultural and artistic beauties you can find in many of the towns and cities that are located within the area.
Our tour starts in Comacchio, a nice town established about two thousand years ago, located in the province of Ferrara. It is one of the most important centers of the Po River Delta region. Here, you can visit the beautiful Cathedral of San Cassiano, built in the eighth century, the Clock Tower, Palazzo Bellini, and the impressive architectural complex of Trepponti with five monumental staircases built in 1624.
After a walk along the pleasant streets of Comacchio, you can reach Porto Garibaldi, a small town located by the Adriatic Sea. It is a nice tourist destination, one of the seven famous beaches of the beach area called Lidi di Comacchio (or Lidi Ferraresi), where to spend some time on the beach or have a walk along the port.
Going north you will get closer and closer to river Po. On your way, you will find the amazing Forest of Mesola Natural Reserve (pic n°3) covering an area of 1,058 hectares. It is one of the last well-preserved lowland forests of the ancient forests that had covered this area along the Adriatic Coast until a few centuries ago. Here, you can walk along the many paths that will allow you to relax and admire many species of plants, such as oaks, holm oaks, tamarisks and poplars, and many wild animals such as deer, fallow deer, badgers, and hedgehogs, just to name a few.
A bit ahead you will find Goro which is a small town with a nice port and a 22-meters high lighthouse built on the nearby Island of Love, the stripe of sand which separates the Adriatic Sea from Sacca di Goro. You can also visit Lanterna Vecchia, the ancient lighthouse built in 1864 that used to lighten the way to sailors. Today, this building serves as an observatory.
Just 5 kilometers away you will get to Gorino Veneto, where you can walk, or explore the surrounding areas by bike, or even take a ferry and visit the flora and fauna of the Po River Delta.
19 kilometers north you will reach Porto Tolle, a town in the province of Rovigo, surrounded and crossed by the waters of Po river. This area is particularly dedicated to fishing and rice growing. Here, you will be able to admire the impressive landscapes of the Po River Delta all around. Porto Tolle is a rising tourist destination, thanks also to some wonderful beaches in the area (Barricata, Conchiglie, Boccasette), featuring fine sand and wild surroundings.
Porto Levante, located on one of the countless islets formed by the delta of river Po, has a very nice marina, where boats can dock and benefit of many modern services. It is also an ideal starting point for taking boat tours and trips around the delta and beyond, or to go deep-sea fishing.
Just 13 kilometers north you will get to the village of Rosolina. Its seaside area, called Rosolina Mare, is a very popular seaside destination, where both adults and kids can have fun in one of the many holiday resorts along the long and sandy beach, surrounded by a beautiful pine wood.
Another not-to-be-missed attraction of Rosolina is "Giardino Litoraneo Botanico di Porto Caleri", (Botanical Garden) (pic n°4), a spectacular and very famous naturalistic oasis established in 1991. Around 10 ecosystems live here wild and free, more than 200 species of flora and many species of animals: it is a real natural paradise!
Do not miss the green Isola di Albarella (Albarella Island) (pic n°5) located in front of Rosalina and overlooking the Botanical Garden. The island is another popular tourist destination with many tourist services.
The last stop of our tour is Chioggia (pic n°6), 17 kilometers north. The historic center of this city is located on an island crossed by some canals and linked to the mainland by just a few roads. For this reason, Chioggia is often called as "the little Venice". The most beautiful channel is Canal Vena, crossed by 9 bridges, the most impressive one is Ponte Vigo.
If you are interested in museums, here you can visit "Museo Civico della Laguna Sud", the "Zoological Museum" and "the Museum of Sacred Art". There are also many attractive churches to be visited: among them, the twelfth-century "Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta", the "Basilica of San Giacomo Apostolo", the eighteenth-century "Church of Sant'Andrea" with the Clock Tower nearby, and "Church of Santissima Trinità".
Some pictures of the Delta of Po River:
The Po River Delta (pic n°1 - n°2); Forest of Mesola Natural Reserve (pic n°3); Giardino Litoraneo Botanico di Porto Caleri, (Botanical Garden) (pic n°4); Albarella Island (pic n°5); Chioggia (pic n°6);